The Professional Teacher Preparation Program for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential in Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities authorizes individuals to teach students in K-12th grade settings. Candidates can complete the program in two semesters with additional time during the summer or winter session.
Students are encouraged to attend a program overview in the year prior to admittance. Overview schedules can be found at ed.fullerton.edu/sped.
Special Education Credential Program applicants are required to apply to the university/program through the Cal State Apply website: www.calstate.edu/apply. Current CSUF undergraduate students still must submit a new Cal State Apply application to the program to be considered for admission into the Special Education Credential Program. Cal State Apply charges a $70 application fee. A separate department fee of $50 is also required. Applicants can pay for the $50 Department Fee online via: https://coepay.fullerton.edu/ated/.
Applicants are considered for full admission into the Special Education Credential Program once they have met the following criteria: completion of the Basic Skills Requirement (commonly met by the CBEST exam), Completion of Subject Matter Competency (commonly met by the CSET exam), and professional aptitude and disposition. Additional criteria is reviewed when considering applicants to the SPED Credential Program which include:
For Early Childhood applicants, successful completion of 9 units of Child Development courses (CAS) must be completed with a “B-” or better prior to entering the program
Verification of Basic Skills (commonly met by CBEST). Other ways to satisfy the Basic Skills requirement can be found on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website: www.ctc.ca.gov
Completion of Subject Matter Competency (commonly met by CSET). Required for Mild Moderate and Moderate Severe applicants only. Students pursuing the Early Childhood Credential do not need to complete the Subject Matter Competency requirement
Provide evidence of a TB test or TB Risk Assessment (recent within the last 4 years)
CPR Certification – Applicants must complete a CPR training that covers infant, child and adult. The CPR training must be certified by the American Red Cross (ARC) or American Heart Association (AHA). Evidence of CPR training must be recent within the last two years and must be submitted along with application materials
The Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) must be obtained by the time of application. A fingerprint background check needs to be completed as specified on the CTC website (www.ctc.ca.gov). Additionally, an online application for the Certificate of Clearance must be completed in order to receive the full Clearance of Clearance issued by the CTC
Verification of Political Science Course covering the U.S. Constitution with a “C” or higher or verification of U.S. Constitution exam
Recommendations from two academic faculty
Recommendations from two child/youth experience (individuals who have witnessed you working with children)
Positive disposition towards teaching adolescents
Proficiency in oral and written English
For further information, please contact the SPED Admissions Assistant at (657) 278-4196 or visit the SPED website at: http://ed.fullerton.edu/sped/.