Important Dates

  Fall 2018 (Fall Entry Only)
CSU Mentor Application April 1, 2018
MA/EDSP Supplemental Materials April 1, 2018
MA/EDSP STEP Application July 1, 2018

 

M. A. and Education Specialist Mild Moderate Credential Program

Candidates typically complete their M.A.and Education Specialist Mild Moderate Credential Program coursework and student teaching experiences within three quarters of full-time enrollment.

The study plan listed below shows one possible schedule, where full-time enrollment can lead to the completion of the credential program within three quarters.

All candidates must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA in professional Education classes throughout the program. (See Podcast FAQ's for discussion of 3.0 GPA requirement)

Fall Quarter
EDUC 442/447 Elementary/Secondary Field Experience in General and Special Education (2 units)
EDUC 532 Advanced Field Experiences in Education  (3 units)
EDUC 546 Reading and Language Arts Instruction in Special Ed (5 units)
EDUC 586
Introduction to Inquiry in Education (4 units)
EDUC 587 Educational Foundations and Current Issues (4 units)
EDUC 588 Education, Culture, and Learning (4 units)
Winter Quarter
EDUC 550 Assessment Strategies for Special Ed (5 units)
EDUC 545 Characteristics and Instruction of Pupils with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (5 unit)
EDUC 552 Support and Transition Strategies in Special Education (5 units)
EDUC 589 Educational Research Methods (4 units)
EDUC 532 Advanced Field Experiences in Education (3 units)
Spring Quarter
EDUC 449 Special Education Student Teaching (8 units)
EDUC 451 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar (4 units)
EDUC 554 Behavior Disorders and Positive Behavior Support Strategies (5 units)
EDUC 590 Research Application in Education (4 units)

M.A. and Education Specialist Mild Moderate Courses:

EDUC 442 Elementary Field Experience in General and Special Education (2) (CR/NC)
Public school classroom experiences in both general education classrooms and special education classrooms at the elementary level. Teaching individuals and small groups, emphasis on reading skills. Minimum 6 hours per week. Total credit limited to 4 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Preliminary Special Education Credential Program.

EDUC 447 Secondary Field Experience in General and Special Education (2) (CR/NC)
Public school classroom experiences in both general education classrooms and special education classrooms at the secondary level. Teaching individuals and small groups, emphasis on behavior management. Minimum 6 hours per week. Total credit limited to 4 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Preliminary Special Education Credential Program.

EDUC 449 Special Education Student Teaching (8) (CR/NC)
Participation in public schools as a student teacher in activities representing different roles of special education teachers. Assumption of a teacher's responsibility for individual and small groups. Minimum 4 days per week. Credit/No Credit grading only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Level I Special Education Credential Program, and completion of all program requirements. Concurrent: EDUC 451.

EDUC 451 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar (4) (CR/NC)
Educational issues and research, development and assessment of teaching portfolio, completion of materials for a job search, and beginning the first year as a special educator. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Level I Special Education Credential Program; completion of program requirements for the Level I Special Education Program. Concurrent: EDUC 449.

EDUC 532 Advanced Field Experiences in Education (3) (CR/NC)
Supervised advanced field experience and practical application of specialty for classroom teachers, reading and special education specialists, administrators and school support personnel. Total credit limited to 18 units for specialist credentials. Total credit limited to 6 units for the master's degree. 30 hours work experience per unit of credit. Credit/No Credit grading only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, completion of basic teaching or administrative credential, or consent of instructor.

EDUC 546 Reading and Language Arts Instruction in Special Education (5) An overview of principles of reading instruction, elements of the language arts program including literature-based reading, content area reading, and the role of phonics, emergent literacy, and diagnosis of reading problems for special education teachers.

EDUC 545 Characteristics and Instruction of Pupils with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (5)
Advanced studies and skills in educational consultation. Emphasis on the collaborative and consultative role of the special educator with a wide range of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds including school personnel, parents, outside agencies, and paraprofessionals. 3 seminars, 2 activities. Prerequisite: Admission into the Level I Special Education Credential Program and master's degree program in education.

EDUC 550 Assessment Strategies for Special Education (5)
Using norm referenced, criterion referenced, and curriculum based testing for assessing academic, behavioral, and physical status of individuals with exceptional needs, including English language learners, for referral purposes. Instructional and evaluation decisions regarding exceptional students in school settings. 3 seminars, 2 activities. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Level I Special Education Credential Program and MA in Education, EDUC 440, EDUC 446.

EDUC 552 Support and Transition Strategies in Special Education (5)
Basic guidance techniques for teachers working with exceptional individuals and their families. Career selection, preparation, and counseling. Transition from school to work, and community resource utilization. 3 seminars, 2 activities. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Level I Special Education Credential Program and MA in Education, EDUC 440, EDUC 446.

EDUC 554 Behavior Disorders and Positive Behavior Support Strategies (5)
Assessment of students whose behavior impedes either their own learning or the learning of other students. Strategies for facilitating proactive educational, environmental and social-emotional techniques for supporting students with challenging behavior. 3 seminars, 2 activities. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Level I Special Education Credential Program and MA in Education, EDUC 440, EDUC 446.

EDUC 586 Introduction to Inquiry in Education (4)
Introduction to professional literature search techniques and to professional organizations as a basis for educational inquiry. Explanation of social construction of knowledge, and the philosophical basis of quantitative and qualitative research. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to School of Education master's program.

EDUC 587 Educational Foundations and Current Issues (4)
Historical, organizational, legal and philosophical characteristics of American education. Emphasis on the analysis of contemporary issues focusing on these characteristics. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

EDUC 588 Education, Culture, and Learning (4)
Cultural characteristics of educational institutions and practice. Review of theory and research relating to the social and organizational context in which learning and teaching takes place. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

EDUC 589 Educational Research Methods (4)
Introduction to research methodologies, application of inferential and descriptive statistics, critical analysis of research designs and data collection techniques. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: EDUC 586.

EDUC 590 Research Application in Education (4)
Application of social science research techniques to problems in education and human services. Capstone experience for the School of Education master's inquiry course sequence. Completion of an inquiry project required. 2 seminars, 2 activities. Prerequisite: EDUC 589.

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