Course Curriculum

The Education Specialist Preliminary Credential is a 32-unit program. Candidates having learning opportunities in a wide range of specialized settings and service options. Traditional student teaching incorporates two placements in one year. One placement in a primary setting and one in a secondary setting that reflect the diverse population of California students. 

SPED 280: Literacy Preparation in General Education K-12

This course is designed for students in the Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential Programs. Course content will provide the candidate with a comprehensive and developmental perspective of the reading process and the development of literacy skills for all learners. There will be a focus on underlying theoretical foundations and implications for instruction in general education classrooms. Balanced, literature based, integrated, collaborative, process oriented curriculum is emphasized. Current materials, programs, methods, strategies, and research will be reviewed with a best practice perspective toward instructional and assessment practice. Topics central to this course include emergent literacy at all age levels, content based reading instruction, teaching of comprehension skills and strategies, assessment, and multicultural/ multilingual considerations in literacy instruction. This course incorporates content included in the Reading Instruction Compentency Assessment (RICA) and the California English Language Arts Common Core Content Standards. (3 units)

SPED 290: Learning and Development for the Education Specialist

Candidates are prepared to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of typical and atypical human development from the prenatal stage through adulthood including knowledge of developmental stages and their implications for learning. Candidates will recognize the potential influence of varying cultural factors and practices on development. Candidates will demonstrate skills required to provide information to family members regarding typical developmental expectations as well as the impact of the disability on developmental progress. Candidates will demonstrate skills required to ensure that the intervention and/or instructional environment are appropriate to the student’s chronological age, developmental differences, and disability-specific needs. (2 units)

SPED 291: Introduction to Inclusive Education: Legal, Ethical, & Educational Foundations

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the field of special education. Information will be provided on special education history, legislation, programs and service delivery models. The course will also include information on etiology, description, assessment and program planning for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Additional topics include effective collaboration with parents and other caregivers, as well as other professional and paraprofessional staff. Culturally and linguistically responsive family/parent issues in serving all students with diverse academic and social abilities are also addressed. (2 units)

SPED 292: Best Practices for the Education Specialist: Introduction to Assessment, Curriculum, & Case Management 

This course provides an introduction to assessment, curriculum and instruction, and case management of Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Candidates will also gain knowledge and skills related to the teaching of reading (standard 9), teaching English learners (standard 10), curriculum and instruction for students with disabilities (Standard 13), and the broad range of services delivery options in K-12 public schools. (3 units)

SPED 293: Educational & Assistive Technology for Mild/Moderate Disabilities 

Candidates acquire the ability to use computer-based technology to facilitate the teaching and learning process. Each candidate demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the appropriate use of computer-based technology for information collection, analysis and management in the instructional setting. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of assistive technology including low and high equipment and materials to facilitate communication, curriculum access, and skill development of students with disabilities. (1 units)

SPED 294: Teaching & Learning for Mild/Moderate Disabilities I + Fieldwork

Education Specialists Candidates are introduced to issues, curricula, and best practices for teaching the core curriculum standards in California public schools based on the Curriculum Frameworks and Content Standards approved by the California State Board of Education.  In addition, candidates will continue to develop knowledge and skills in best practices associated with supporting access to General Education curriculum by students with mild/moderate disabilities.  This course will extend candidates’ knowledge and skills to organize and implement instruction effectively for students with diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning needs, including English learners.  Candidates will demonstrate skills in the use of differentiated instructional strategies that ensure that all students have access and achievement in relation to the content standards.  Candidates will demonstrate the ability to create a positive, inclusive climate of instruction for all students in a broad range of service delivery options. This course will also provide support, direction, and enrichment to candidates while in the first phase of student teaching or employed as interns. (4 units)

SPED 295: Universal Access for English Learners 

Teacher candidates are prepared with the knowledge and skills to effectively organize and implement instruction for English Learners and other students in need of Academic Language Support enrolled in their content classrooms.  The course will examine federal and state laws that regulate programs and services for English Learners.  Candidates will demonstrate knowledge and application of pedagogical theories, principles and practices for English Language Development leading to comprehensive literacy in English, and for the development of academic language, comprehension and knowledge in the subjects of the common core curriculum. (2 unit)

SPED 296: Health Education

Health Education examines concepts of health and health education in the schools. Emphasis will be placed on current health issues for children and adolescents viewed in the context of child development; on the responsibilities of teachers and the school community in promoting child health; and on curricular strategies that contribute to the healthful behavior of children. (1 unit)

SPED 297: Consultation, Communication, and Collaboration

Candidates will develop the capacity to successfully build positive relationships with families, staff, colleagues, service providers and private or non-public agencies. Topics include effective communication skills necessary to successfully collaborate with parents, caregivers, professional and paraprofessional staff. Culturally and linguistically related issues experienced by families and parents of those with special needs will also be addressed. Course topics are based upon current federal and state laws and best practices realized by the educational community.  (2 units)

SPED 298: Teaching and Learning for Mild/Moderate Disabilities II + Fieldwork

Education Specialists Candidates are prepared to addressing issues, curricula, and best practices for planning, implementing, and evaluating transitional life experiences for students across the lifespan.  This course also has a major focus on post-secondary transition planning, implementation and evaluation.  The course also extends candidates’ knowledge of teaching the common core curriculum standards in California public schools based on the Curriculum Frameworks and Content Standards approved by the California State Board of Education.  In addition, candidates will continue to develop knowledge and skills in best practices associated with supporting access to General Education curriculum by students with mild/moderate disabilities.  This course will extend candidates’ knowledge and skills to effectively organize and implement instruction for students with diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning needs, including English learners.  Candidates will demonstrate skills in the use of differentiated instructional strategies that ensure that all students have access and achievement in relation to the content standards.  Candidates will demonstrate the ability to create a positive, inclusive climate of instruction for all students in a broad range of service delivery options. This course will also provide support, direction, and enrichment to candidates while in the second phase of student teaching or employed as interns. (6 units)

SPED 299: Assessment and Program Planning

Overview of the principles of testing, including measures of central tendency, variability, and correlation. The course will include evaluations of tests currently used in the public schools and in special education programs. Course assignments will include practice in the administration and scoring of representative samples of formal and informal assessment instruments. There will be an emphasis on the interpretation of assessment results and using assessment results to develop appropriate instructional programs, as well as a review of ethical and educational policy issues related to educational testing. (3 units)