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Catalog

Special Education

Dr. Judith Doktor
Program Director
(650) 508-3627
jdoktor@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. Mild/Moderate credential holders will be able to teach students in Resource Specialist Program classes (K-12) and students in special day classes for learning disabilities.

Moderate/Severe credential holders will be able to teach students in grades K-12 whose needs are more severe. Candidates may be hired by school districts to serve as paid interns while earning the credential.
The Preliminary Education Specialist Credential is integrated with the Master of Arts Degree in Special Education. All of the credential courses count towards the master’s degree.

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 43 credits in contrast to the 30 units required for those with a prior credential. Work toward an Education Specialist Credential may be simultaneous with work toward a regular credential (either Multiple Subject or Single Subject). This requires between 37 and 55 units depending on previous preparation. It is expected that students will come with a variety of backgrounds. A program plan is arranged for each student when he/she 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.

The following summarizes the requirements for the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Instruction Credential recommendation through NDNU. Asterisked items are required for student teaching or internship eligibility:

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, seehttp://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, seehttp://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.

Required Courses   Units
EDU4107 Foundations for Teaching English Learners* 3
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
Total Unit Requirement    30
Additional course work is required for those who enter without a prior credential:
EDU4100 Psychological and Developmental Foundations 3
EDU4104 Sociological and Multicultural Foundations 3
EDU4333 Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades 3
EDU4336 Curriculum – Elementary Math 2
EDU4339 Curriculum – Social Studies/Science 2
Total Unit Requirement       43
*Foundation course in Multiple or Single Subject Credential

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. The CCTC has authorized the University to provide Autism add-on authorization.

The Autism Authorization can be added on to the Preliminary, Level I, Level II, or Clear Certificate special education credential. The Autism add-on is not a separate certificate; it merely is an add-on to a special education credential. Additionally, there may be general education teachers or related service personnel who may choose to enroll in this course sequence to better their understanding of ASD.

Program Layout    Units
EDU4900 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDU4901 Advanced Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
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 33 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
Education Specialist Credential Course Work 30
EDU4880 Educational Research Capstone 3
Total for credentialed students  33
For students without a prior credential:   
Education Specialist Credential Course Work: 30
EDU4100 Psychological and Developmental Foundations 3
EDU4104 Sociological and Multicultural Foundations 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 for students without a prior credential  46