Preliminary Education Specialist

Requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 301PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 302PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
or EDTE 304P Secondary Methods I
EDTE 310PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 303PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
or EDTE 305P Secondary Methods II: Social Science
or EDTE 306P Secondary Methods II: Science
or EDTE 307P Secondary Methods II: Mathematics
or EDTE 308P Secondary Methods II: English
or EDTE 309P Secondary Methods II: World Language
EDTE 311PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 312PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 313PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 316Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 317PAssessment 3
EDSP 490PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities6
Total Units36

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning an Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Authorization must complete the following steps:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST(California Basic Educational Skills Test)
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1877 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of EDUC 383P or EDTE 301P Methods for Language & Literacy
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching EDSP 490P. Admission to the education special credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher is required in all professional preparation
  • Complete all California credential application papers and pay proper fees

Students are urged to meet regularly with the Academic Programs Manager, Sergio Rodriguez srodriguez@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7452 and the Credential Analyst, James McCarty jmccarty@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4821, at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.