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  • Policy Number: SP.02.015
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By:
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
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The Objective of the Education Specialist Credential Program at CSU Channel Islands is to prepare effective and successful special education teachers for California public schools who are:

  • Knowledgeable about the various subject matter areas in the public schools grades K-12,
  • Critical and reflective practitioners,
  • Able to link content and pedagogy,
  • Able to integrate research, theory, and effective practice into their teaching,
  • Able to teach effectively children with special needs,
  • Able to integrate technology into their teaching,
  • Able to address the needs of English language learners and students with special needs in regular classroom and self-contained special education classroom settings,
  • Able to communicate effectively with parents, teachers and related service personnel about the needs of students with disabilities











The Education Specialist Program prepares candidates to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards for the preparation of teachers of children with mild and moderate disabilities from kindergarten to grade 12. The program prepares candidates to teach students in self-contained special education and general education classrooms. The program specifically prepares candidates for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California's public school classrooms. The program prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the elementary or secondary school setting.  An underlying principle of the program is the belief that all children (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable of learning. Emphasis is placed on the K-12 student actively engaged in his/her learning.

This is a post baccalaureate program that has two levels. Level I prepares candidates for a preliminary certificate. After Level I is successfully accomplished, Level II is completed while working in a special education setting and requires the collaboration of the university preparation program and the candidate's employing school department. Successful completion of the Level II program will result in the candidate's being eligible for a professional certificate.



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