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I-PREP Frequently Asked Questions

I don't have a B.A. Can I still apply to the project?

Yes! Candidates who are interested in earning an Education Specialist Preliminary Credential in Moderate/ Severe Disabilities but have not completed their B.A. are encouraged to apply through the ITEP Junior Option program. The ITEP program allows candidates to earn their Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Liberal studies and their Preliminary Credential in Moderate/Severe Disabilities concurrently. Once you are admitted in the ITEP Junior Option program, you will then be eligible to apply for Project I-PREP. To find out more about the ITEP program please visit our Teacher Preparation website.

How much is tuition? Will Project I-PREP pay for my classes?

The cost of tuition varies depending on the number of units you are
enrolled in each semester. There is one fee for enrolling in 1-6 units and a higher fee for enrollment in 7-19 units. on our Student Finance page, you will find the breakdown of the cost per semester (select teaching credential fees option).

If accepted into Project I-PREP, you will receive financial support, but the monies will not be distributed until mid-semester. Therefore you will need to enroll and pay for your courses upfront. The stipend will be distributed around week 8 of the semester.

How long is the program?

Project I-PREP, by design, is a three year program. The grant will provide financial support while you earn your Preliminary Credential and provide one year of support while working towards the Induction Credential.

When are classes offered? Is the program available online?

The courses are scheduled for one day per week for three hours per class. Course start times are 4:00 pm or 7:00pm and are scheduled Monday through Thursday. The Department of Special Education does offer some courses online but the majority of the program in Moderate/Severe Disabilities is offered on campus.

What are the admission requirements for Project I-PREP and how do I apply?

Potential candidates must meet the admission requirements to the University and to the Credential Programs. A separate application is required to apply to Project I-PREP. Applications will only be accepted in for the following years (1) Fall 2016, (2) Fall 2017, and (3) Fall 2018. I-PREP applications are reviewed by members of the I-PREP team and 10 candidates are selected per year. Project I-PREP is looking for candidates that demonstrate a desire to learn innovative and evidence-based practices and aspire to make a difference in the lives of candidates & their families.

The following conditions must be met:

  • Acceptance into the University
  • Acceptance into the Education Specialist Credential program in Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • Advisement meeting with either Dr. Peckham-Hardin or Dr. Hanreddy

Find our Applications and Information thru the following links:

Can I work and participate in Project I-PREP?

If you are a traditional student:
Yes – for the majority of the program. Our courses are offered at 4:00 and 7:00 pm, leaving the hours before 4pm open for employment. However, as part of the program candidates are required to complete fieldwork hours during the day. If you are currently working as a paraprofessional with students with moderate-to-severe disabilities, your job may count for early fieldwork (mustreceive approval), thus allowing you to continue to work during this first practicum. However, candidates cannot work during student teaching. Student teaching is one full semester, Monday through Friday, during regular school hours (e.g., 7:00 am – 4:00 pm). To find out more about our traditional credential program here

If you are intern working with candidates with moderate-to-severe disabilities:
Yes; however, you must be enrolled in the Intern program at CSUN and you must be working with students with moderate-to-severe disabilities in a K-12 setting. Please visit our website to find out more about our intern program.

I already have a teaching credential, can I still apply?

Yes! Candidates who already hold a Preliminary or Clear Credential in Elementary or Secondary Education can still apply. Candidates who hold an Education Specialist credential in another specialization may also apply.

I am currently teaching under a Multiple or Single Subject Credential or under an Education Specialist credential in another specialization (e.g., Mild/Moderate disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education, Deaf-and-Hard of Hearing). Can I still apply to Project I-PREP?

Yes! However, all candidates in the Moderate/Severe Credential program are required to complete fieldwork hours, including one semester of student teaching. Thus, you must make yourself available to complete these practical requirements.