Program: Clear (Induction) Education Specialist Credential

Early Childhood Special Education

Program Description

The Clear Education Specialist Credential is designed for candidates who hold a valid Preliminary Education Specialist Credential. Candidates in the Clear Credential program are employed as teachers in the specialization area of their Credential or, if not employed, are conducting fieldwork in their specialization area. This program leads to completion of a Clear Education Specialist Credential with Specialization Areas in Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities. A Clear Education Specialist Credential program must be completed within 5 years of the date of issuance of the Preliminary Credential.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the department.

Program Requirements

1. Formative Assessment (3 units)

SPED 628 Induction and Formative Assessment (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program in the specialization (MM, MS, DHH, ECSE); admitted to the Clear Education Specialist Credential program; must be taken during the first semester of the program.

2. Pedagogy Courses (6 units)

Pedagogy courses may be used for the M.A. degree. Courses used for the Preliminary Credential cannot be counted toward the Clear Credential.

Select two courses from the following:

Special Education

SPED 581 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3)
SPED 612/L Design and Development of Indirect Services in Special Education and Lab (2/1)
SPED 655 Promising Practices and Interventions for Students with Autism (3)
SPED 683EC Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Special Education (3)*
SPED 695A Advanced Behavioral Support (3)

*May have been taken as part of the Level II Credential Program.

Infant Mental Health

EPC 630 The Infant-Parent Dyad and the Social/Emotional Development of the Infant-Toddler (3)
EPC 644 Current Issues in Infant-Toddler-Family Mental Health (3)

Child Development

FCS 433 Administration of Children’s Programs (3)
FCS 533 Advanced Topics in Administration of Children’s Programs (3)

Other Courses

Courses that are no longer offered but may have been taken as part of the Level II Credential Program.

SPED 611 Collaborating to Meet the Needs of Special Populations (3)
SPED 624 Teaching English Learners with Disabilities (3)

3. Assessment of Professional Competence (3 units)

SPED 683EC Current Trends in Early Childhood Special Education (3)

Must be taken in the last semester of the program and may be used for the M.A. degree. This course provides a mechanism for a final assessment of the candidate’s competence in individually targeted areas appearing on the Individual Induction Plan (IIP) and proficiency in meeting standards for the Clear Education Specialist Credential.

Additional Requirements for Candidates Who Completed a Level I Education Specialist Credential Program:

Health: HSCI 396, 435, 496ADO or 496TH
Technology: EED 513, 515 or 602, or SED 514, or SPED 595T (preferred)

Other Requirements: Must maintain a 3.0 GPA, with no course grade lower than “C.”

Total Units Required for the Credential: 12


Chair: Kathy Peckham-Hardin
Education (ED) 1204
(818) 677-2596

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Ability to reflect on one’s own practice to support student learning and continued professional development.
  2. Advanced professional competencies as identified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).