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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

special education

EDUCATION SPECIALIST: MILD/MODERATE DISABILITIES (K-grade 12)
ACT Program (40 units)

Mild/Moderate (MM) Disabilities
Education Specialist Preliminary Credential
The Department of Special Education

The Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program is a post BA full time two-semester program, offered collaboratively with District 2 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Candidates must meet admission requirements as detailed in the credential application.

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Semester 1 (Fall) Required with SPED 579 ACT Field Experience (22 units)

• ELPS 541A: Getting Started: Introduction to Teaching in Urban Schools (1)

• SPED 541B: Getting Started: Introduction to Teaching in Urban Schools (2)

• SPED 400: Developmental Differences and Implications in Special Education (3)

• SPED 406: K-12 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners with Disabilities (3)

• SPED 402: Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavioral Supports (3)

• SPED 501MM: Special Education Assessment of Diverse Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)

• EED 565M Mathematics Curriculum and Methods (3) or SED 525: Methods of Teaching Single Subject (3)

• SPED 579ACT: Fieldwork with Exceptional Learners/Seminar (4)

Required Prior to SPED 580ACT: Advanced Fieldwork

• Basic Skills and Subject Matter Requirement: Recommended option for individuals interested in teaching at the elementary level: Passage of CSET Multiple Subject Exam and CSET Writing Skills or passage of a CSET Multiple Exam and CBEST; Recommended option for individuals interested in teaching at the secondary level: Passage of a CSET Single Subject Exam and CBEST or completion of approved subject matter program and passage of the CBEST

• Writing Proficiency (CBEST writing score of 41 or better or Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam with a score of 10 or better or ENGL 305 or ENGL 406 or COMS 321)

• Overall GPA of 2.75 since admission with cumulative 3.0 GPA in Professional Education Courses (a grade of C or better is required in all courses)

• Fingerprint Clearance

• Approval for Student Teaching Semester 2 (Spring)

Required Prior to SPED 580ACT: Advanced Fieldwork

• ELPS 542A Meeting the Needs of All Students in Urban Schools (2)

• SPED 542B Meeting the Needs of All Students in Urban Schools (1)

• SPED 404: Teaching Diverse Learners with Social-Communication Disabilities including Autism (3)

• SPED 502MM: Teaching Diverse Learners with Social-Communication Disabilities including Autism (3)

• SPED 503MM: Curriculum and Instruction in Math and Content Subjects for Diverse Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)

• SPED 580ACT: Advanced Fieldwork with Exceptional Learners/Seminar with a grade of “B” or better (6)

Required Prior to Applying for the Credential

• Bachelor’s Degree

• U.S. Constitution (course or exam)

• Passage of Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) or hold Valid California Teaching Credential (Must hold valid California Teaching Credential at the time of applying for this credential in order to be exempt from RICA.)

• CPR certification – infant, child, adult (online CPR training is not acceptable)

• Overall GPA of 2.75 since admission with cumulative 3.0 GPA in professional education courses. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses.

(updated August 2010)