Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential Mild/Moderate Disabilities

The Education Specialist program prepares individuals to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities and students with autism spectrum disorders in K–12 settings. Candidates take coursework and engage in field experiences concurrently from the very beginning of the program. The course content prepares candidates to know and understand various types of disabilities and their causes; design, adapt and differentiate instruction for students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities; design and implement positive behavior support plans for students’ behavioral challenges; and administer and interpret a wide variety of assessment instruments for referral and progress monitoring of struggling students and students with mild to moderate disabilities. The combined coursework and fieldwork experiences require candidates to think critically and reflectively about the theory to practice continuum. The capstone experience in this program consists of an intensive student teaching experience in a special education classroom or setting, plus the presentation of a summative portfolio of assignments and case studies to address the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE) required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Completion of these requirements, along with successful completion of all coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, is required for recommendation for the credential.

Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes for the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction credential are found at www.redlands.edu/CTC-PSE/learning-outcomes

Additional Requirements for Credentials
To be eligible to be recommended for the Preliminary Teaching Credential or the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, candidates must meet the U.S. Constitution credential requirement. For details on meeting this requirement, contact the School of Education. Introduction to American Politics (POLI 111) or American History to 1877 (HIST 121) in the College of Arts and Sciences or their equivalents, satisfy the requirement. Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Credential candidates must also complete the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment® (RICA®).

Subject Matter Competency
All teacher credentials candidates must demonstrate competency in their specific subject matter area prior to student teaching and the teaching seminar (EDSP 552). In the state of California, this requirement can be met by successful completion of one of the alternatives described below.

• Multiple Subject- CSET subject tests 101, 102, and 103 must be passed or a state-approved undergraduate subject matter preparation program
• Single Subject- CSET single subject tests must be passed (art, English, mathematics, including foundational-level mathematics, social science or science, including foundational level general science subjects allowed) or a state-approved undergraduate subject matter preparation program

Prior to completion of the credential program, students must complete the following:
• Multiple Subject–CPR requirement, U.S. Constitution requirement, IDTP plan and TPE portfolio submitted to Program Coordinator 
• Single Subject–CPR requirement, U.S. Constitution requirement, IDTP plan and TPE portfolio submitted to Program Coordinator

Required Courses

Required courses consist of EDSP 510 - EDSP 552B and include Student Teaching EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B, with the option for EDSP 553 Internship. Please speak to an advisor regarding internship option requirements. 

Students, please note: EDUC 501 waived for students holding a multiple or single subject credential or those taking a workshop offered to Education Specialist candidates. EDUC 503 and 505 waived for students holding a multiple subject credential.

EDSP 510 Foundations of (Dis)ability and Special Education (3 Credits)

Critically examines the (dis)ability studies movement as it relates to our past, present and future political climate both in and outside of school. Explores the impact of othering. Develops awareness of tensions between (dis)ability studies and special education while practicing self-reflexivity and advocating for students with (dis)abilities.

EDUC 503 Multiple Subject Methods I: STEM Methods (3 Credits)

Focuses on pedagogical content knowledge and instructional methods in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and related content. Models project and problem-based learning incorporating digital resources with an emphasis on promoting research-based strategies. Equivalent to EDUG 403/403N. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 501. 

EDUC 505 Multiple Subject Methods II: English Language Arts (3 Credits)

Examines the relationship between language, power, and signifying practices from the perspective that literacies are multiple, distinctive, situated social practices. Considers the role of oral language, critical literacy, and situated literacy in a linguistically and culturally diverse society. Equivalent to EDUG 405/405N. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 501 and EDUC 503. 

EDSP 516 Inclusion, (Dis)ability and Classroom Community (3 Credits)

Students will explore the ways in which they make sense of student behavior and will learn evidence-based instruction practices that are grounded in person-centered values. Students will become familiar with the application of Response to Intervention (RtI), Behavior Support Plans (BSP), Positive Behavior Interventions (PBI) and IEP goal-writing. 

EDSP 525 Diagnostic Reading and Specialized Interventions (3 Credits)

This course addresses the design and implementation of reading, literacy, and communication assessments and interventions to meet the needs of a full range of learners. Candidates will learn how to use these assessments and interventions in the context of Response-to-Intervention and other pre-referral intervention models. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 501, EDUC 505, and EDSP 510.

EDUC 501 Foundations in Learning (3 Credits)

Introduction to the field of education—its history, philosophy, sociocultural context, diversity, pedagogy, educational psychology, legal issues, and educational reform. Integrates traditional educational thinking with culturally relevant perspectives and current research practices. Equivalent to EDUG 401/401N. 
Prerequisite: permission to enroll in Teacher Credential courses from the School of Education.

EDSP 552A Education Specialist Teaching Seminar I (1 Credits)

Culmination of the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. Consists of a series of topics designed to develop and further candidates’ professional preparation. 
Prerequisites for EDSP 552A and EDSP 552B: EDUC 501 or workshop equivalent and EDUC 503 and EDUC 505 and EDSP 510, and health education workshop or equivalent and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Technology Workshop and all CSETs passed. 
Co-requisite: EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B.

EDSP 552B Education Specialist Teaching Seminar II (1 Credits)

Culmination of the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. Consists of a series of topics designed to develop and further candidates’ professional preparation. 
Prerequisites for EDSP 552A and EDSP 552B: EDUC 501 or workshop equivalent and EDUC 503 and EDUC 505 and EDSP 510, and health education workshop or equivalent and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Technology Workshop and all CSETs passed. 
Co-requisite: EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B.

EDSP 555A Education Specialist Student Teaching I (5 Credits)

Supervised public school classroom experiences in Mild/Moderate delivery models and settings K–12 through age 22. Full-day student teaching required for seven weeks, constituting a full-time job. Student teaching placements are arranged prior to student teaching by the Director of Fieldwork Experiences. 
Prerequisites for EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B: EDUC 501 or workshop equivalent and EDUC 503 and EDUC 505 and EDSP 510, and health education workshop or equivalent and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Technology Workshop and all CSETs passed. 
Co-requisite: EDSP 552A and EDSP 552B (or EDSP 553).

EDSP 555B Education Specialist Student Teaching II (5 Credits)

Supervised public school classroom experiences in Mild/Moderate delivery models and settings K–12 through age 22. Full-day student teaching required for seven weeks, constituting a full-time job. Student teaching placements are arranged prior to student teaching by the Director of Fieldwork Experiences. 
Prerequisites for EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B: EDUC 501 or workshop equivalent and EDUC 503 and EDUC 505 and EDSP 510, and health education workshop or equivalent and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Technology Workshop and all CSETs passed. 
Co-requisite: EDSP 552A and EDSP 552B (or EDSP 553).

EDSP 553 Education Specialist Internship (13 Credits)

The Internship Program is an eighteen-week supervised public school classroom experience in a Mild/Moderate delivery model and setting K–12 through age 22. Open for application to those who have earned a Bachelor’s degree, have passed CBEST, CSET, or an approved waiver program and have met program pre-service requirements.
Prerequisites: EDUC 501 or workshop equivalent and EDUC 503 and EDUC 505 and EDSP 510, and health education workshop or equivalent and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Technology Workshop and all CSETs passed. 
Co-requisite: EDSP 555A and EDSP 555B.