Extensive Support Needs Teaching Credential
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The preliminary education specialist Extensive Support Needs (ESN) credential program is aligned with the new Education Specialist Authorizations and Standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), approved in 2022. The program allows candidates to obtain a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: ESN Credential with Intern Option (CA). The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach and impact the lives of students who have extensive learning support needs. This program explores the range of educational learning problems and applies the latest teaching strategies to enhance the performance of students, no matter their abilities. The program focusses on practical field-based experience that helps candidates understand and critically evaluate education practices and provides strategies that can be immediately applied in teaching practices.
The preliminary education specialist Extensive Support Needs (ESN) credential program is designed for courses to be taken in sequential order and provides candidates with the opportunity to gain professional understanding, integrate research-based teaching practices with appropriate assessment of student work, meet the needs of diverse learners, and learn and apply the principles of specially designed instruction in the 21st century classroom and global learning community.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge/skills to engage and support all extensive support needs students in learning
- Integrate knowledge/skills to create and maintain effective environments for learning for students with extensive support needs.
- Synthesize and apply knowledge of how to organize subject matter for learning̶̶ of students with extensive support needs.
- Integrate knowledge needed for planning instruction and designing learning experiences for Students with extensive support needs
- Integrate knowledge /skills to administer and analyze formal and informal assessments to determine eligibility, inform instruction, and identify research-based interventions for all learners with ESN
- Integrate the knowledge to meet legal, ethical, and professional obligations to advocate for all leaners with ESN.
- Reflect critically on the application of professional beliefs and teaching/learning principles necessary to work collaboratively with all stakeholders including families, other professionals, and community members serving students with extensive support needs.
- Critique current research in special education theory and practices within inclusive and culturally responsive frameworks.
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