ADVANCED CREDENTIALS -- 2000-01 Catalog
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Education Specialist

Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Pupil Personnel Services

Agriculture Specialist

Administrative Services

Preliminary (Tier I)
Professional (Tier II)

The Education Specialist (formerly known as Special Education) credential program is designed to prepare teachers for two advanced credentials: the Preliminary Level I Mild/Moderate Disabilities, and Preliminary Level I Moderate/Severe Disabilities.

These programs prepare candidates to effectively instruct pupils from ages 3-21 with conditions ranging from learning disabilities, delayed intellectual development, to behavioral, sensory and/or motor impairments, including mental retardation, autism and multiple disabilities.

A full-time candidate may complete the requirements in one calendar year. The Education Specialist is heavily field based. Candidates who complete the program will be required to obtain a Professional Level II Education Specialist credential within five years of employment as a special educator.

The MA in Education Degree section contains additional information regarding graduate degree programs that may coincide with credential programs.

Admission Requirements

admission to Cal Poly as a postbaccalaureate student;

2.75 GPA in last 90 quarter units

evidence of taking the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);

early field experiences in general and special education;

subject matter competency (exam or coursework);

application for Certificate of Clearance;

attendance at an information meeting; and

meet personal and professional standards during an interview.

A Multiple or Single subject teaching credential is not required for admission. In some cases, Education Specialist coursework may be applied toward the requirements for the Preliminary and Clear Multiple Subject Credential. In addition, some coursework taken for the Single Subject or Multiple Subject Credential program may be applied to the Education Specialist Credential program.

Mild/Moderate Disabilities

This program is designed to prepare candidates to work with pupils with mild/moderate disabilities who may be inefficient learners and also have delays in intellectual development. Pupils labeled as learning disabled, mildly mentally retarded, health impaired and/or serious emotionally disturbed, have difficulty in generalizing skills, and predicting events.

Moderate/Severe Disabilities

This program is designed to prepare candidates to work with pupils with moderate/severe disabilities who require special support to address their unique needs resulting from a range of intellectual, behavioral, emotional, communication, sensory, and/or motor impairments. This credential authorizes the teaching of pupils with autism, mental retardation, deaf-blindness, serious emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities.

For more information regarding this program, contact the Coordinator, Special Education, University Center for Teacher Education.

 

Pupil Personnel Services

The Pupil Personnel Services credential program is designed to prepare students for counseling and guidance positions in public and private schools in grades K-12. This program stresses applied theory and practical, direct experiences to prepare pupil personnel candidates. A low student-adviser ratio allows for personalized attention. The PPS Credential program has excellent fieldwork placements in K-12 public schools including career centers, continuation schools, and special classes. Required courses are generally offered in late afternoons and evenings.

For more information regarding this program, contact the Coordinator, Counseling and Guidance, University Center for Teacher Education.

Agriculture Specialist

This program is usually taken as a co-requisite with the single subject credential in Agriculture. Contact Dr. Glen Casey, Chair of the Agriculture Education Department, for more specific information.

Administrative Services

Administrative Services offers two credential programs, one leading to recommendation for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, the second leading to recommendation for the Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential.

Preliminary Administrative Services

The preliminary program emphasizes a comprehensive knowledge of public school administration including applied theory, administration and leadership, schools in contemporary society, and effective management related to educational outcomes. Students apply theory with actual experience in fieldwork assignments. As a basis for credential recommendation, the preliminary program emphasizes applied theory with actual experience in fieldwork assignments and an evaluation of administrative competence.

To enter the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program, a candidate must verify proof of a valid basic teaching credential or appropriate service credential and three years of teaching and/or related service, and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements including 3.0 GPA in last 90 units, and two letters of recommendation.

The credential program requires 45 quarter units, most of which are applicable to the MA in Education with a Specialization in Educational Administration. The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential authorizes service in any administrative position at any grade level.

Administrative Internship Program. California does not provide an emergency provision to hire someone to be a school administrator who does not possess an administrative credential. The Administrative Internship Program supports districts that have an immediate need for an administrator and are without suitable candidates. Applicants for this program must verify proof of a valid basic teaching credential or appropriate service credential and three years of teaching and/or related service, documentation of being offered an administrative position, and support for this Internship from the superintendent of schools in the employing district or county office of education. Students will earn the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential as they serve in an administrative capacity within a two year timeframe.

Professional Administrative Services

The professional credential program prepares candidates for the Professional Administrative Services Credential. The program requires 36 quarter units of work, a minimum of 12 units of which must be advanced fieldwork, and 18 units must be appropriate coursework. Candidates must hold a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

The program emphasizes advanced skill development in building-level or central office administration with emphasis on the job application of management skills.

For credential recommendation the candidate must, in addition to completing the program of study, have had two years of successful administrative experience and meet program competency review criteria.

For more information regarding this program, contact the Coordinator, Educational Administration program, University Center for Teacher Education.