The educational specialist teacher credential prepares candidates to teach students with disabilities that include specific learning disabilities, mild to moderate intellectual disability, attention deficit and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and serious emotional disturbance, for grades K-12, as well as in Adult Education.
This course of study has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
This credentialing program is offered by AU Los Angeles.
The Education Specialist Mild/Moderate is designed to be completed in a 12-month period. Students attend classes on generally 2 evenings a week from 4–10 pm, and participate in novice teaching for 2 quarters, or 20 weeks (10 weeks each quarter). Placements are made by the University and are sensitive to the geographic considerations of the student.
Candidates are placed in schools each of the 4 quarters, beginning with 10 hours of observation in the first quarter, followed by 10 days for the second quarter, and half-time field experiences for quarter 3, and full-time novice teaching for quarter 4. For those who are already school aides or teachers, your school might be a possible site for the novice teaching experience. Check with the Department for approval.
Quarter 1: Connecting
Systems: TEP 5360: Foundations of Social Justice Education
Access: TEP 5440: Child Development and Learning
Communication: TEP 5450: Language Development and Acquisition
Integration and Currency: TEP 5100: Science: Discovery Teaching, Action Learning
Quarter 2: Designing
Systems: TEP 5330: Field Practicum and TEP 5650: Adaptation Pedagogy
Access: TEP 6010A: TEP 6010A: Social and Legal Dimensions of Special Education, TEP 6010B: Teaching and Accommodating Students with Disabilities, and TESE 5410: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Communication: TESE 6010B: Individualized Education Design and Policy Implementation
Integration and Currency: TEP 5070: Real World Math
Quarter 3: Evaluating
Systems: TEP/TESE 5120: Student Teaching with Proseminar
Access: TESE 5160: Understanding and Teaching Students with M/M Disabilities I and TESE 5380: Comprehensive Behavior Assessment and Positive Behavior Support
Communication: TEP 5050: Reading Instruction in Elementary School Classrooms
Integration and Currency: TESE 5090: Assessment in Special Education
Quarter 4: Reflecting
Systems: TEP/TESE 5150: Student Teaching with Proseminar
Access: TESE 5170: Understanding and Teaching Students with M/M Disabilities II and TESE 5180: Family Dynamics and Communication for Special Education Services
Communication: TEP 5370: Mediation and Conflict
Integration and Currency: TEP 6020: Advocating for Healthy Children and TEP 5250: Physical Education and Movement
CBEST and CSET Requirements
- The CBEST must be passed by the end of the first quarter
- 2 sections of the CSET passed by the end of the second quarter
- 3rd section of the CSET passed by the end of the third quarter
Please review the registration deadlines and test dates as the CBEST is offered a limited number of times each year. For more information about the CBEST, visit cbest.nesinc.com.
Please note that all students who earn a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential MUST pass both the CBEST and CSET.
How to Apply
- Complete the Online Application.
- Submit the $50 non-refundable Application Fee.
- Official transcripts that post the Bachelor’s degree conferred from a regionally accredited college or university are required and request that they be sent to the Admissions Office. A student copy of a transcript may be submitted with your application, but official transcripts are required upon admission.
- Interview with Regional Director
- CBEST test scores, proof of registration, equivalencies (see list below), or proof of enrollment in Teacher Test Prep program,
- CSET: Multiple Subjects exam, proof of registration or scores, proof of completion of subject matter waiver program (for preliminary credential programs only) or enrollment in Teacher Test Prep program.
Please submit all materials to:
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
AULA and AUSB campuses, of a one-system university, offer mission consistent options that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Provisional Admissions Requirements
(for credential programs only or with combined master’s degrees)
- Official transcript from a regionally-accredited college or university indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral
- CBEST test scores, proof of registration, equivalencies (see list below), or proof of enrollment in Teacher Test Prep program
- Interview with Regional Director
- CSET: Multiple Subjects exam, proof of registration or scores, or proof of completion of subject matter waiver program (for preliminary credential programs only), or proof of enrollment in Teacher Test Prep program
Full Admissions Requirements
By the end of the first quarter, passing CBEST scores must be submitted or equivalency.
- CSU EAP (‘Ready’ in English and Math) or CSU Placement Exams (English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math (ELM))
- SAT (Math 550, English Critical Thinking 500)
- ACT(Math 23, English 22)
- AP English (3 or higher) and AP Calculus or AP Statistics (3 or higher)
- Basic Skills Requirement from another state.
For more information on these additional options please see: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf (PDF, new window)
|Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Summer 2020||April 27, 2020||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||July 6, 2020|
|Fall 2020||July 24, 2020||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||October 5, 2020|
|Winter 2021||October 26, 2020||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||January 4, 2021|
|Spring 2021||January 25, 2021||Applications accepted until seats have been filled.||April 5, 2021|
*In addition to satisfying AULA’s admission requirements for a specific academic program, International Students have additional, general requirements that must be met for admission.
***All application requirements (all unofficial or official transcripts, admissions essay(s) or program specific requirements) must be submitted at the time of final application deadline
Tuition - Preliminary Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Teacher Credentialing
|First & Fourth Quarters (half-time)||$4,499|
|Second & Third Quarters (full-time)||$7,498|
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