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Special Education Credential Program (ESCP)

Special Education Credential Program

46 units


Prospective and current students should visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) during walk-in advising hours.

Applying to the Program

Spring 2018 Priority Deadline: November 1, 2017
Final Spring 2018 Deadline: January 8, 2018

Summer 2018 Priority Deadline: April 2, 2018
Final Summer 2018 Deadline: May 7, 2018

Fall 2018 Priority Deadline: June 1, 2018
Final Fall 2018 Deadline: August 13, 2018

Applications will be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis.

Post-bac Application Process

ITEP Application Process

Information Sessions

Prospective students are encouraged to attend an ESCP information session.  Come learn about program options, how to apply and program requirements.  No RSVP needed.

Program Overview

The Preliminary Special Education Credential Program (ESCP) at CSULB prepares candidates to teach individuals in the areas of Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe disabilities.  Completion of the program lead to issuance of the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Program Goals and Features

ESCP assists candidates in becoming:

  1. Effective and caring teachers;
  2. Partners with parents & others in the development of high quality educational programs;
  3. Life-long learners engaged in program development reflective of best practices in special education.

The program themes emphasize current issues of importance to the field of special education.  These themes are addressed across our curriculum and are as follows:

  • Individualized Education
  • Collaboration
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Advocacy and Leadership

Program Options

The CSULB Special Education Credential Program offers the following pathways, all of which lead to the California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential:

Post-bac Pathways

ESCP Post-Bac Program

Students entering this program have either received a Bachelor's Degree or will graduate prior to the end of their Credential Program (including CSULB Liberal Studies BA only majors).

ESCP Post-Bac Intern Option

This option is for post-bac students who have been admitted to the credential program at CSULB, met all intern eligibility requirements (including faculty approval) and have been offered a full-time position as teacher of record in a school or district which has an Intern Agreement with CSULB.

Undergraduate Pathway

Liberal Studies (ITEP Program)

Students entering this program are Juniors or Seniors who have declared the Liberal Studies ITEP major at CSULB.

last updated — Dec 5, 2017