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Education Specialist Program Mission Statement

CSULB is a large, urban, comprehensive university situated on the border between Los Angeles and Orange Counties.The communities and school districts that surround CSULB are representative of the rich and diverse demographics of California.

The educational mission of the University is to "...prepare students for lifelong learning as well as preparing them to succeed in a variety of professional endeavors and to function as informed contributing members of the community." (University Catalog, 2000)

College of Education

Vision: Equity & Excellence in Education

Mission: The College of Education at CSULB is a learning and teaching community that prepares professional educators and practitioners who promote equity and excellence in diverse urban settings through effective pedagogy, evidence-based practices, collaboration, leadership, innovation, scholarship, and advocacy. Education Specialist Program

The Education Specialist Credential Program, formerly known as "Special Education," is one of nine program areas in the Department of Advanced Studies in Education & Counseling (ASEC).

The term, "Education Specialist," reflects the new credential title in California. The program area includes credential (mild/moderate and moderate/severe), internship, and masters degree programs. Taught by fulltime and adjunct faculty, classes are offered on-campus and in community locations.Care is given to meet the needs of working professionals; day and evening class times are scheduled.

Goals of the Education Specialist Credential Program

The Education Specialist Credential Program faculty are committed to teaching and supporting students in becoming highly effective professionals. To this end, there are a number of goals that drive the program. These goals are to assist candidates in becoming:

Effective and caring teachers
Individuals and their families are at the heart of special education.Effective teachers learn about best practices and then apply those best practices in their daily teaching duties to assist individuals with special needs in developing to their optimal level. The Education Specialist Credential Program at CSULB is designed to assist teachers in developing competence in applying these best practices.As teachers assist students in achieving these optimal outcomes through applying best practices, they must also care about the individual and remember to value and respect his or her own background, abilities, needs, and preferences.The program is designed to facilitate and nurture a sense of caring for all.

Partners with parents and others in the development of high quality educational programs
To be effective, a teacher must work in partnership with parents of the children they serve as well as with other professionals.Such partnerships require mutual respect for the expertise that all participants bring to the task of developing high quality educational programs for individuals with special needs.The Education Specialist Credential Program at CSULB is therefore designed to give future teachers knowledge and experience in collaborative partnerships so they can effectively function in the increasingly collaborative roles of Education Specialists.

Life-long learners engaged in program development reflective of best practices in special education
The Education Specialist Credential Program is designed to be a rigorous program.The rigor is an essential preparatory experience for professionals in the field of special education.The knowledge base of best practices in special education is continually growing and evolving.Legislation and litigation often change and guide our understanding of current best practices.This makes a career in special education exciting and dynamic.Students must be prepared for this constant growth and change. The Education Specialist Credential Program is designed to assist students in gaining needed competencies.

Among other characteristics, we also expect our students to become leaders in the field by:

  • developing programs that reflect best practices,
  • joining and participating in local, state, and national professional organizations, 
  • advocating for individual learners and their families,
  • engaging in action research,
  • reading current professional literature and attending conferences.

Program themes

The Education Specialist Credential program is organized with themes “spiraled” throughout the curriculum. Key program themes are:

Individualized Education
Cultural Responsiveness
Evidence-based Practices
Advocacy & Leadership

last updated — Aug 3, 2012