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PRELIMINARY EDUCATION SPECIALIST AUTHORIZATION TEACHING CREDENTIALS
The Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes the holder to teach in the area of specialization Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe or Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing in the following settings: Special day classes; Special schools; Home/hospital settings; Correctional facilities; Nonpublic schools and agencies; Resource rooms.

Mild/Moderate Disabilities (M/M)
Includes autism, specific learning disabilities; mild to moderate mental retardation; attention deficit and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

Moderate/Severe Disabilities (M/S)
Includes autism; deaf-blindness; moderate to severe mental retardation; multiple disabilities; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

Deaf and Hard-of- Hearing (DHH)
Includes deaf-blind; deaf-autism; deaf with other special needs; and authorizes service to individual’s age birth through 22 and in classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

Admissions Requirements
To be fully admitted into a Preliminary Education Specialist Authorization Teaching Credential Program, each candidate must view the recorded credential orientation sent to his/her SOAR Student Message Center and return a completed credential packet to the Credentials Department within 30 days of enrollment.

A Preliminary Education Specialist Authorization Teaching Credential Packet is complete when the candidate had filled out and returned the following:

  • The Acknowledgement of Terms and Agreements
  • Request for Student Teaching Placement
  • Negative TB test results (valid within the last four years)
  • Proof of Fingerprint Clearance through the CTC
  • Initial Faculty Interview
  • *Proof of attempt or passage of Basic Skills Assessment is required for admittance to the program (Proof of passage is mandatory prior to scheduling specialization)
  • Proof of Subject Matter Competency in an NCLB Core Academic Subject Area may be shown by one of scenarios listed below (Proof of passage is mandatory prior to scheduling specialization). The Education Specialist Credential programs admit only those candidates who meet one of the following criteria:
  1. The candidate provides evidence of registration for the next scheduled examination.
  2. The candidate provides evidence of having attempted the appropriate subject matter examination(s).
  3. The candidate provides evidence of having completed a Commission approved appropriate subject matter preparation program (Single Subject Candidates only).
  4. The candidate provides evidence of enrollment in an organized subject matter examination preparation program.


Specialization Requirements
In addition to meeting the admissions requirements, to be scheduled in specialization coursework candidates must also complete and return the following:

  • All core coursework (3.0 GPA Grades of “D”, “F” and “U” are not accepted)
  • *Passage of a Basic Skills Assessment
  • Proof of Subject Matter Competency in an NCLB Core Academic Subject Area
  • FOR DHH PROGRAM CANDIDATES ONLY: Pass American Sign Language Proficiency Interview- Gallaudet (minimum score of 4)
  • Passage of the Generic Core Exam (Basic Skills and Subject Matter must be met prior to taking the Generic Core Exam)

 

*Basic Skills Assessment may be waived based upon prelingual deafness. Prelingually deaf candidates who opt to waive the Basic Skills Assessment will be issued a two year preliminary credential instead of a five year.

Most core courses are scheduled by an Admissions Advisor. A Credential Pro¬gram Specialist will schedule SPD 622, SPD 628 and the specialization courses when candidates meet all of the requirements listed above.

Student Teaching Requirements
In addition to meeting the admissions and specialization requirements, to be cleared to begin student teaching candidates must also complete and return the following 90 days prior to start date:

  • All specialization coursework (3.0 GPA Grades of “D”, “F” and “U” are not accepted)
  • Student Teaching Placement Request Form
  • Faculty Student Teaching Interview
  • Possess a current account balance
  • FOR DUAL CANDIDATES ONLY: Pass Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Tasks 1 & 2 (For additional information, see the Teacher Education Credential Program section)

Completion Requirements
In addition to meeting the admissions, specialization and student teaching requirements; candidates must also complete and return the following prior to credential recommendation:

  • U.S. Constitution requirement met by exam, transcript verifying completed U.S. Constitution coursework or CSU Bachelor ’s degree
  • *Proof of passing the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  • CPR certification for Infant, Child, and Adult
  • Pass the Exit Exam
  • All credential program coursework (3.0 GPA Grades of “D”, “F” and “U” are not accepted)
  • Possess a zero account balance
  • FOR DUAL CANDIDATES ONLY: Pass all four Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Tasks

*The RICA exam may be waived based upon prelingual deafness. Prelingually deaf candidates who opt to waive the RICA will be issued a two year preliminary credential instead of a five year.

*National University cannot recommend Dual candidates for a Preliminary Sin¬gle Subject Credential prior to passage of the RICA.

All test results must remain valid in order to apply for credential, except for neg¬ative TB test results.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION SPECIALIST CLINICAL PRACTICE ROUTES

Student Teaching Under Contract Route
National University provides a program whereby actively employed teachers can complete the requirements for his/her teaching credential while employed. All of the student teaching may be conducted in the candidate’s classroom, assuming that the contract position is a match for the credential sought.

Credential candidates teaching under contract must be:

  • In a regionally (WASC) approved nonpublic school setting must complete a minimum of one course of the four-course sequence student teaching experience in a public school.
  • Under the supervision of a University Supervisor and Supervising Teacher who model effective teaching, implement state-adopted academic core curriculum, and mentor the candidate.
  • Teaching in an approved assignment that is a match for the credential sought.

The Preliminary Education Specialist University Internship
The University internship route provides an opportunity for candidates who have been offered employment to complete clinical practice, while employed in an appropriate position as an Education Specialist Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe or Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing teacher of record. This experience is a partnership between the candidate, National University, and the employer meant to support the candidate in an environment similar to that authorized by the Preliminary credential obtained at the end of the program.

Candidates on probation or permanent academic probation are not eligible for a National University internship program. Once intern eligible, candidates must apply for an Internship Credential which is valid for two years.

National University candidates who are interested in becoming a university in¬tern must complete and show verification of all prerequisite requirements and go through the internship eligibility process to determine suitability for the intern¬ship program.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Conferred bachelor ’s degree
  • Proof of Fingerprint Clearance through the CTC
  • Negative TB test (valid within the last four years)
  • Passage of a Basic Skills Assessment
  • Proof of Subject Matter Competency in an NCLB Core Academic Subject Area
  • U.S. Constitution requirement met by exam, transcript verifying completed U.S. Constitution coursework or CSU Bachelor ’s degree
  • 120 hours of pre-service met by coursework
  • 3.0 GPA (Grades of “D” and “F” are not accepted)
  • Agreement on file between the employing District, School or Agency and National University
  • Possess a zero account balance
  • FOR DHH PROGRAM CANDIDATES ONLY: Pass American Sign Lan¬guage Proficiency interview - Gallaudet (min. score of 4)

Eligibility Requirements
In addition to completion of all internship prerequisites, candidates are required to verify completion of the following Intern Eligibility:

  • Verification of internship program prerequisites
  • Completed Internship Participation form
  • District or agency provisional offer of employment for the intern as a full time teacher of record in a setting appropriate for the credential being sought with a minimum of 20 instructional hours per week
  • Internship Eligibility Packet complete and on file with Credentials Department
  • Verification of intern eligibility determined in an interview by lead intern¬ship faculty

CLEAR LEVEL II EDUCATION SPECIALIST CREDENTIAL
Individuals who were issued a Level I Education Specialist Teaching Credential must complete a Commission-approved professional teacher program in order to obtain the Clear Level II Education Specialist Credential.

Admissions Requirements
To be fully admitted into the Clear Level II Education Specialist Credential, each candidate must return a completed credential packet (sent to his/her SOAR Student Message Center) to the Credentials Department within 30 days of enrollment.

A Clear Level II Education Specialist Credential Packet is complete when the candidate has filled out and returned the following:

  • Be currently employed in an appropriate Education Specialist position
  • Proof of Valid Level I Education Specialist Teaching Credential
  • The Acknowledgement of Terms and Agreements

Completion Requirements
All Clear Level II Education Specialist credential candidates are required to have successfully completed coursework in Educational Technology and Health Education, including valid CPR Certification for Infant, Child and Adult. Candidates will be evaluated for these courses. If these classes have been completed in a Level I program or at another university, the candidate should meet with an admissions or Credential Program Specialist to submit an online equivalency request.

In addition to meeting the admissions requirements; candidates must also complete and return the following prior to credential recommendation:

  • A minimum of two years of successful, full-time teaching experience in public schools, or private schools of equivalent status. Candidates must work under contract while holding a valid Level I Education Specialist Teaching Credential for the entire two years.
  • All credential program coursework (3.0 GPA Grades of “D”, “F” and “U” are not accepted)
  • Passage of the Exit Exam
  • Possess a zero account balance

All test results must remain valid in order to apply for credential.

 


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