Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate Teaching Credential
Special Education Program Outcomes
The education specialist plans and delivers instruction for mild to moderate disabilities. The candidate plans and delivers engaging, developmentally appropriate instruction based on the California Content Standards. The teacher candidate incorporates a variety of teaching strategies and resources to make the subject matter accessible and engaging to the needs of diverse students.
The education specialist uses assessment for a variety of purposes. The candidate designs and interprets a variety of assessments, and also uses assessment data to plan instruction, monitor instruction, design and monitor the classroom environment, and learn about and place students. In addition the teacher candidate uses reflective practice as a means of self assessment.
The education specialist provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment. The candidate creates a positive social environment and a safe and welcoming physical environment that supports learning for all students. The teacher candidate uses instructional time wisely and efficiently.
The education specialist models a servant-leadership lifestyle. The candidate models servant-leadership, exhibits a professional attitude and communicates effectively with students, families and school personnel. The teacher candidate is aware of and carries out legal and ethical responsibilities.
Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate Preliminary California Credential
Concordia’s Special Education Program prepares candidates to teach students with special needs. This program leads to a California Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate Preliminary Credential. This credential authorizes candidates to teach students with learning disabilities, mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities, attention deficit and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism, and emotional disturbances. Candidates entering this program with a baccalaureate degree may combine the credential courses with advanced work to complete a Masters of Education degree.
Required: 35 semester hours for Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate Credential
Education Specialist Coursework
Semester 1 (13 units)
- EDUC 098 Technology Literacy for Teachers (workshop) – 0 units
- EDSP 202 Introduction to Teaching Special Populations (field experience) - 1 unit
- EDSP 301 Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners - 3 units
- EDSP 501 Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms - 3 units
- EDSP 502 Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 units
- EDSP 551 Language and Culture - 3 units
Semester 2 (11 units)
- EDSP 525 Advanced Curriculum Methods – 3 units
- EDSP 526 Assessment, Case Management, & Collaboration – 3 units
- EDSP 560 Literacy Development in Diverse Classrooms – 4 units
- EDSP 580 TPA Practicum: Student Teaching I – 1 unit
40 hours of field experience are connected with Semester 2 EDSP Courses
Semester 3 (12 units): Student Teaching Semester
- EDSP 584 Student Teaching II: Special Populations – 12 units
Student teaching for the education specialist is full-time for an entire semester. In all field experiences, including student teaching, candidates gain a variety of experiences in planning and delivering instruction and services in the broad range of service delivery options under the umbrella of the Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate credential. Candidates collaborate with parents and special education personnel and gain experience with the full range of disabilities set forth in the Mild-Moderate categories.
Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Intern Option:
If a Mild Moderate Preliminary Credential candidate meets intern eligible requirements* and is offered an Intern position by a school district, the Internship will be an alternative pathway to meet the credential program’s student teaching requirements. For the Mild Moderate Credential Intern candidate, additional support by Concordia University Irvine will be provided in a variety of ways. Besides meeting weekly with a University Intern Support Provider, the Intern will be required to take the following New Teacher Support Seminars, until they are exited from the program and file for their Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential.
- Fall EDUI 507 (3 units) - New Teacher Seminar
- Spring EDUI 508 (3 units) - New Teacher Seminar
A total of 130 hours support per year, 65 per semester, of seminar training and support, of which 40 total hours—or 20 per semester—contribute to EL-specific content
If the intern is still completing their requirements for the Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential (for example, they still have not passed the RICA), they will continue as an Intern until all of the requirements are met with continued support through the New Teacher Seminar classes and University Irvine as the Program Provider.
- Fall EDUI 509 New Teacher Seminar Part 3 (1 unit)
- Spring EDUI 510 New Teacher Seminar Part 4 (1 unit)
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