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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

special education

EDUCATION SPECIALIST: MODERATE/SEVERE DISABILITIES (K-grade 12)

Moderate/Severe (MS) Disabilities
Education Specialist Preliminary Credential
The Department of Special Education

ACT PROGRAM (40 UNITS)

 

The Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program in moderate/severe disabilities is a post BA full time three-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 (19 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 504MS: Teaching Diverse Learners with Moderate/Severe Disabilities (3)

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

Required Prior to SPED 580MSACT: Advanced Fieldwork

• Basic Skills and Subject Matter Requirement: Recommended option for individuals interested in elementary education: Passage of CSET Multiple Subject Exam and CSET Writing Skills Exam or passage of a CSET Multiple Subject Exam and the CBEST Single Subject Exam or completion of Approved Subject Matter Program and passage of CBEST; Recommend option for individuals interested in secondary education: 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 580MS: Advanced Fieldwork (12 units)

• 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 581: Alternative and Augmentative Communication (3)

• SPED 505MS Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners with Moderate/Severe Disabilities (3)

• EED 565M: Mathematics Curriculum and Methods (3)

Semester 3 (Fall) Required Prior to or Concurrent with SPED 580MS: Advanced Fieldwork (9 units)

• SPED Elective: SPED 404, SPED 460 or SPED 642 (3)

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

Other Program Requirements

• 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.

 

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