Program: Clear (Induction) Education Specialist Credential

Mild/Moderate Disabilities

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:

Assessment and Instruction

SPED 502MM Reading/Language Arts Instruction for Diverse K-12 Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)*
SPED 612/L Design and Development of Indirect Services in Special Education and Lab (2/1)
SPED 625 Adapting Curriculum and Instruction to Facilitate the Development of Language and Academic Skills (3)
SPED 671 Advanced Study of Literacy Problems (3)
SPED 672 Advanced Assessment (3)
SPED 677/L Instructional Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults with Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Lab (2/1)

*If not taken for the Preliminary Credential.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

SPED 404 Teaching Diverse Learners with Social-Communication Disabilities, Including Autism (3)*
SPED 655 Promising Practices and Interventions for Students with Autism (3)

*If not taken for the Preliminary Credential.

Diverse Learners

SPED 416 Educating Diverse Learners with Disabilities and Working with Their Families (3)*
SPED 595T Assistive Technology (3)

*If not taken for the Preliminary Credential.

Emotional Disturbance

SPED 652 Educating Children with Emotional Disturbance (3)
SPED 695A Advanced Behavioral Support (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 620 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education (3)
SPED 624 Teaching English Learners with Disabilities (3)
SPED 670 Reading Processes (3)

3. Assessment of Professional Competence (3 units)

SPED 638 The Role of the Special Educator in the 21st Century (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, HSCI 435, HSCI 465ELM or HSCI 466ADO
Technology: EED 513, EED 515 or EED 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).