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Special Education

Fred Thompson

Interim Program Director

(650) 508-3701

fthompson@ndnu.edu

 

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

NDNU's Education Specialist Credential program prepares students to teach in special education programs in public and private schools. Students choose one of two concentration options: mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities.

 

Credential holders with a mild/moderate authorization will be able to teach students in Resource Specialist Program classes (K-12) and students in special day classes for learning disabilities. Credential holders with a moderate/severe authorization will be able to teach students in grades K-12 whose needs are more severe. A student may elect to complete the requirements for both options.  This can be accomplished while in the program with the addition of the approdipate adaptations course (EDU 4234 or 4237) and an additional semester of fieldwork in an appropriate educational setting.  If requirements for both are completed during the program the candidate will be recommended for both authorizations.  If one or more semesters elapses between the completion of the credential and the commencement of the coursework/fieldwork for the second authorization OR if the candidate completes the master’s requirement before the commencement of the coursework/fieldwork for the second authorization, then enrollment for coursework for the second authorization will be as an “Education Specialist Added Authorization” and may not be eligible for financial aid.

Special Education candidates may discover opportunities to serve as paid interns while earning the credential.  Public school districts will require such interns to hold a university internship credential to begin, a recommendation for which requires the successful completion of specific exams, coursework and fieldwork (see the Education Specialist Program Handbook for details). The Preliminary Education Specialist Credential may be integrated with the Master of Arts Degree in Special Education. Credential courses taken at NDNU count towards the master’s degree, subject to degree limits (residency requirements, etc.).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

  • Candidates will be able to develop a shared vision of learning.
  • Candidates will be able to promote a culture of teaching and learning.
  • Candidates will be able to effectively manage a school in the service of teaching and learning.
  • Candidates will be able to work effectively with diverse families and communities.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate personal ethics and leadership capacity.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate political, social, economic, legal, and cultural understanding of education.

 

Students may obtain an Education Specialist Credential without a prior teaching credential. This requires 44 credits in contrast to the 31 units required for those with a prior credential. It is expected that students may be admitted with a variety of previous coursework and experience. A chronological program plan to meet the credential requirements will be discussed when the admitted student meets with the Program Director.

 

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 semester units of credit at Notre Dame de Namur University, including at least one semester of student teaching or internship in the teacher preparation program in order to be recommended for a teaching credential.

 

Public school districts occasionally offer qualified Education Specialist Credential candidates the opportunity for a paid internship in lieu of unpaid student teaching. This requires intern candidates to secure a university internship credential through the credentials office which requires: an official offer of employment, approval of the Program Director, the completion of specified pre-service coursework including one semester of student teaching, and the willingness of the employing district to sign and participate in a support and supervision agreement with NDNU. Subject to Program Director approval, students may complete student teaching at a WASC-accredited private school.

 

The following summarizes the requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential recommendation through NDNU. Asterisked items are required for student teaching eligibility (internship eligibility has additional course-and fieldwork requirements (see School of Education credential program handbook.)):

 

1. *Prerequisite: Verification of 40 hours of pre-acceptance field experience by completing NDNU’s course, EDU2006, or by teaching or volunteer experience completed with appropriate age in a school setting. Provide the original form signed by the site supervisor, or provide official letter of verification from the site.

2. Successfully complete student teaching or internship and required courses (includes courses that allow authorization to teach English Learners).

3. *Passage of Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST or for more options, see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf).

4. *Verification of Subject Matter Competence (e.g., CSET in Multiple Subjects)

5. *Verification of fingerprinting clearance on file with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (also called a “Certificate of Clearance”). For more information, see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl271.pdf.

6. *Copy of negative TB test result from within two years.

7. *Signed NDNU Release of Liability Form.

8. Verification of meeting the U.S. Constitution requirement by exam, course work, or CSU degree.

9. Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) by the end of your program.

10. *Verification of employment as an Education Specialist in a CA public school district, nonpublic school or agency, or county office of education. If you don’t have an offer, a Certificate of Eligibility will be applied for instead.

 

 

Coursework required for those who enter without a prior credential:

 

EDU4100                   Psychological and Developmental Foundations                       3

EDU4104                   Sociological and Multicultural Foundations                            3

EDU4107                   Foundations for Teaching English Learners                             3

EDU4116                   Health Education                                                                    1

EDU4200                   Special Education Program Management                                3

EDU4203                   Clinical Assessment                                                                  4

EDU4207                   Technology - Special Education                                              3

EDU4209                   Counseling - Special Education                                               3

EDU4230                   Student/Intern Teaching and Seminar in Special Education   8

One Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations course from the following:                   3

EDU4234              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Mild/Moderate)

EDU4237              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Moderate/Severe)

EDU4330                   Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades              3

EDU4333                   Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades                3

EDU4336                   Curriculum – Elementary Math                                               2

EDU4339                   Curriculum – Social Studies/Science                                       2

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         44

 

Coursework required for those who enter with a prior credential:

 

EDU4107                   Foundations for Teaching English Learners                             3

EDU4116                   Health Education                                                                    1

EDU4200                   Special Education Program Management                                3

EDU4203                   Clinical Assessment                                                                  4

EDU4207                   Technology - Special Education                                              3

EDU4209                   Counseling - Special Education                                               3

EDU4230                   Student/Intern Teaching and Seminar in Special Education   8

One Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations course from the following:                   3

EDU4234              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Mild/Moderate)

EDU4237              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Moderate/Severe)

One reading methods course from the following:                                                        3

EDU4330              Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades

EDU4333              Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         31

 

Students may complete three units of capstone coursework in addition to the Education Specialist Credential in order to earn a master's degree. See Master of Arts in Special Education for further information.

 


 

Autism Add-On Program Design and Course Work Sequence

Notre Dame de Namur’s Special Education credential programs are designed to reflect the standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and to integrate the mission, framework, and standards of the University. All required components are congruent with the expectations set forth by the CCTC. Specific objectives and learning opportunities to meet the standards are assigned to particular courses within the program.

NDNU is authorized by the CCTC to recommend for the Autism add-on authorization. The Autism Authorization is not a separate credential; it can be added on to older special education credentials. Current preliminary education specialist credentials issued since 2011 have the autism authorization already embedded.

Program Layout                                                                                                       Units

EDU4900                   Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders                           3
EDU4901                   Advanced Strategies for Teaching Students                             3
with Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDU4902                   Behavior Management Techniques                                          3
EDU4903                   Autism Mentoring and Capstone Seminar                                3

Total                                                                                                                           12

Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education

 

Building upon the Education Specialist Credential, this program enables students to complete an additional 3-unit course in order to earn a master's degree. See the Education Specialist Credential for the list of required courses. Students who enter the program with a prior credential can complete their degree with 34 units. Additional course work is required of students without a regular education credential.

 

In addition to course work, a capstone project in the form of a practitioner researcher portfolio is required to complete the MA program. EDU4880 is designed to support students in completing this requirement.

 

Requirements                                                                                                           Units

 

Coursework required for those who enter without a prior credential:                   Units

EDU4100                   Psychological and Developmental Foundations                       3

EDU4104                   Sociological and Multicultural Foundations                            3

EDU4107                   Foundations for Teaching English Learners                             3

EDU4116                   Health Education                                                                    1

EDU4200                   Special Education Program Management                                3

EDU4203                   Clinical Assessment                                                                  4

EDU4207                   Technology - Special Education                                              3

EDU4209                   Counseling - Special Education                                               3

EDU4230                   Student/Intern Teaching and Seminar in Special Education   8

One Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations course from the following:                   3

EDU4234              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Mild/Moderate)

EDU4237              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Moderate/Severe)

EDU4330                   Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades              3

EDU4333                   Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades                3

EDU4336                   Curriculum – Elementary Math                                               2

EDU4339                   Curriculum – Social Studies/Science                                       2

EDU4880                    Educational Research Capstone                                              3

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         47

 

Coursework required for those who enter with a prior credential:                             Units

 

EDU4107                   Foundations for Teaching English Learners                             3

EDU4116                   Health Education                                                                    1

EDU4200                   Special Education Program Management                                3

EDU4203                   Clinical Assessment                                                                  4

EDU4207                   Technology - Special Education                                              3

EDU4209                   Counseling - Special Education                                               3

EDU4230                   Student/Intern Teaching and Seminar in Special Education   8

One Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations course from the following:                   3

EDU4234              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Mild/Moderate)

EDU4237              Curriculum and Instruction Adaptations (Moderate/Severe)

One reading methods course from the following:                                                        3

EDU4330              Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades

EDU4333              Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades

EDU4880                    Educational Research Capstone                                              3

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         34