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Special Education Credential Program (ESCP)

Welcome and Thank you for your interest in the Preliminary Special Education Credential Program at CSULB.  Our program 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.  We offer program information meetings that are open to interested students.  At the meetings we go over the program in detail and answer all of your questions.  We also hold walk-in advising hours (listed below) where you can come in and speak with an advisor, no appointment necessary.

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Program Pathways

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

  • ESCP Graduate (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 Track I majors).

  • ESCP Graduate (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.

  • Liberal Studies (ITEP Program): Students entering this program are Juniors or Seniors who have declared the Liberal Studies ITEP major at CSULB.

  • Liberal Studies ITEP Urban Dual Credential Program (UDCP) Information: Students entering this program are in the third year of the ITEP program and have completed most of the ITEP Liberal Studies core major requirements. Through this pathway students will earn their Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree, Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential and Preliminary Education Specialist Credential all in 5 years. 

The Education Specialist Credential Program at CSULB has the following goals.  We aim to assist candidates in becoming:  effective & caring teachers, partners with parents & others in the development of high quality educational programs and 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 & Leadership


Walk-in advising is available for Education Specialist Credential Program current and prospective students.  Click here for the Credential Program Walk-in Advising hours. 

 It is highly recommended that you attend a program Information Meeting prior to seeing the advisor during walk-in advising hours.



Coming Soon!

The Education Specialist Credential Program at Cal State Long Beach is currently in the process of applying to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the creation of an Education Specialist Clear Credential Program.  This would allow candidates with a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential to complete the requirements for the Clear Credential at CSULB.  If you would be like to be added to our interest list to be emailed once our program is up and running please fill out the form below. 

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last updated — Jul 9, 2015