Programs Offered

  • Early Childhood Studies (See Early Childhood Studies Major)
  • Liberal Studies (See Liberal Studies Major)
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential
  • Special Education Teaching Credential Level I
  • Special Education Teaching Credential Level II
  • Master of Arts in Education: Specializations in Educational Leadership and Special Education
  • Administrative Services Credential
  • Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD Certificate)
  • Bilingual Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD Certificate to accompany Multiple Subject Teaching Credential)

The School of Education is devoted to the advancement of teaching and learning. Our image for teacher education begins with a vision for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 schools programs in the 21st century. The transformation from an industrial economy to an information society in the U.S., combined with an increasing emphasis on global issues and technology, demands more highly skilled adults to function effectively in the workforce. Young people who complete their schooling are the most educationally, socially and economically advantaged. They become adults who are lifelong learners and have the basic skills necessary for leading a full and rewarding life in an interdependent society and an information and service driven economy. The power of educators to make the fundamental difference in students’ lives makes education the most important social service.

The Education Program builds from the foundation of the undergraduate Liberal Studies option in Teaching and Learning. Early Childhood Studies major and academic majors in biology, English, mathematics and history/social science (subject matter programs) and extends to Masters of Arts in Education. Our Education Programs contribute to the teaching profession by producing teachers and school administrators who believe that all students have the ability to achieve high standards, who adapt their teaching to reach all students, and who respect the diversity of all students. Our graduates are reflective about their teaching, their attitudes, and their ability to work in collaborative analytical teams. The Master of Arts in Education program focuses on Educational Leadership or Special Education. The Educational Leadership specialization leads to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The Special Education specialization leads to the Educational Specialist Mild/Moderate Level II Credential.

All credential programs have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing except the BCLAD certificate. Approval of this certificate is pending. Students who are hired by local public schools on emergency credentials may be eligible for an internship program. Contact the credential advisor for an internship application.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students can teach all subjects in their area of specialty.
  • Students are able to teach children with English as first or second language.
  • Students understand and relate to diversity of languages and cultures in and among children and families.
  • Students can meet the diverse needs of all students including those with special needs.
  • Students are reflective and deliberative practitioners.
  • Students link content and pedagogy.
  • Students actively engage children in their learning.
  • Students integrate research, theory, and best educational practice into their teaching.

Credential Office

Patricia Pulido
Bell Tower East, Room 2807
(805) 437-8953
patricia.pulido@csuci.edu

Faculty

Joan Karp, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
Senior Associate Dean and Director of the School
of Education Bell Tower East, Room 2814
(805) 437-8871
joan.karp@csuci.edu

Lillian Vega-Castaneda, Ed.D.
Professor of Education
Curriculum Coordinator
Bell Tower East, Room 2848
(805) 437-8872
lillian.castaneda@csuci.edu

Robert E. Bleicher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Science
Education Bell Tower East, Room 2784
(805) 437- 8508
bob.bleicher@csuci.edu

Merilyn Buchanan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Bell Tower East, Room 2756
(805) 437-8579
merilyn.buchanan@csuci.edu

Manual Correia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Bell Tower East, Room 2809
(805) 437-3292
manuel.correia@csuci.edu

Jeanne Grier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Secondary Education
Single Subject Program Coordinator
Bell Tower East, Room 2754
(805) 437-8987
jeanne.grier@csuci.edu

Tiina Itkonen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Bell Tower East, Room 2844
(805) 437-3294
tiina.itkonen@csuci.edu

Jill Leafstedt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Bell Tower East, Room 2846
(805) 437-2792
jill.leafstedt@csuci.edu

Elizabeth Quintero, Ed.D.
Professor of Education
Bell Tower East, Room 2811
(805) 437-3306
elizabeth.quintero@csuci.edu

Kaia Tollefson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Bell Tower East, Room 2842
(805) 437-3125
kaia.tollefson@csuci.edu

Eric Toshalis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Secondary Education
Bell Tower East, Room 2840
(805) 437-3304
eric.toshalis@csuci.edu

Contact Information

http://education.csuci.edu
education@csuci.edu

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program

This program specifically prepares teachers for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California’s public school classrooms. It prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the elementary school setting. An underlying principle of the program is the belief that all children (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable of learning. Emphasis is placed on the K-8 student as actively engaged in his/her learning.

Careers

The Multiple Subject Credential Program prepares teachers to work with students in grades K-8 with responsibility for all subject areas in a self-contained classroom. Multiple Subject Credential Teachers most often teach in elementary, middle school

Requirements for Admission to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program

  1. Application. Apply to both the University and the School of Education. Applications to the School are available in the Credential Office.
  2. Basic Skills Examination. Students must pass either the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or the revised California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) Multiple Subjects Examination plus Writing Skills, prior to admission to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program. Students are urged to take either of these examinations at the earliest possible time after deciding to pursue a teaching credential.
  3. Subject Matter Preparation. The CSU Channel Islands Liberal Studies in Teaching and Learning option best prepares students for the subject matter knowledge and skills required for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program. All students must pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) Multiple Subjects Examination prior to admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program. The CSET examination results are valid for five years from the date of passing and must be valid upon final completion of the program.
  4. Prerequisite Courses in Education (16-20 units). If taken at CSU Channel Islands, the course must be completed within seven (7) years prior to beginning the program with a grade of “C” or better. If an equivalent course at another college or university has been taken, it must have been completed within five (5) years prior to beginning the program.
    ENGL 475 Language in Social Context (3)
    EDUC 510 Learning Theory and Development Applied in Multicultural Contexts (3)
    EDUC 512 Equity, Diversity and Foundations of Schooling (3)
    EDUC 520 Observing and Guiding Behavior in Multilingual/Multicultural and Inclusive Classrooms (3)
    EDUC 521 Field Experience (1)
    PSY 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society (SPED) (3)
    For Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (BCLAD) add:
    EDUC 445 Chicano Child and Adolescent (4)
  5. U.S. Constitution. Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution demonstrated by completion of two units (semester) of a college level course or college level examination.
  6. Grade Point Average. A student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 or 2.75 in the last 60 semester units completed to be accepted. If a student does not have the required GPA, conditional admission may be available on a limited basis.
  7. Health Clearance. Evidence of a negative tuberculin test is required. The tuberculin test is valid for four (4) years and must be valid through student teaching. The tuberculin test may be completed at a private physician’s office, the County Health Department, or the CSU Channel Islands Student Health Center.
  8. Certificate of Clearance. Students must possess or apply for a valid Certificate of Clearance as part of admission. A copy of an emergency permit satisfies the clearance requirement. The Certificate of Clearance is a background check and clearance conducted by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  9. Official Transcripts. One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CSU Channel Islands Office of Admissions and Records.
  10. Two Recommendations. Two recommendation forms must be submitted with the program application. Recommendation forms must be completed by faculty members, employers, and/or others knowledgeable about the applicant’s personal qualities and potential to work with children.
  11. Experience. At least 45 hours of documented field experience in a K-8 classroom or an equivalent documented field experience must be completed.
  12. Bachelor’s Degree. A Bachelor’s degree or all undergraduate academic subjects must be satisfied toward a bachelor’s degree before entering a teacher education program. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for teacher certification.
  13. Writing Sample. Writing samples are required as part of the application process. The writing sample includes a 500-600 word essay describing the applicant’s interest in teaching children with the diversity of languages and cultures represented in California schools.
  14. Interview. A panel of Education Program will interview candidates once all other portions of the admissions requirements are complete.

Note: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requires passing the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) for the initial issuance of a Multiple Subject Credential. It is recommended that the Assessment be taken after completion of the Literacy 1 course in the credential program. Certification in adult, infant and child CPR competency is required by the CCTC for an initial issuance of a teaching credential.

BCLAD: Spanish Emphasis Language Assessment

Students who wish to complete the BCLAD Emphasis in Spanish should sign up for the language assessment prior to admission. This must be passed prior to the beginning of bilingual student teaching. Please visit the website of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for information regarding test 6: The Language of Emphasis, for testing dates: http://www.ctc.ca.gov

Program Maintenance Requirements

As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, with no course grades lower than a C+.

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Full-time Multiple Subject Credential Program (36-40 units)

EDMS 522 Literacy 1: Multicultural/Multilingual (4)
EDMS 523 Literacy 2: Multicultural/Multilingual (3)
EDMS 526 Modern Methods in Mathematics Teaching (4)
EDMS 527 History, Social Studies and Integrated Arts (4)
EDMS 529 Science, Health & Physical Education (4)
EDMS 562 Field Experience: Multiple Subject (Part-time program ONLY) (2)
EDMS 565 Initial Student Teaching Multiple Subject (7)
EDMS 566 Initial Student Teaching Seminar Multiple Subject (2)
EDMS 575 Advanced Student Teaching Multiple Subject (7)
EDMS 576 Advanced Student Teaching Seminar Multiple Subject (2)

For BCLAD Add:
EDML 563 Primary Language Pedagogy and Literacy 1 (2)
EDML 564 Primary Language Pedagogy and Literacy 2 (2)

Most courses are taught in 8 weeks followed by 8 weeks of student teaching in a school arranged by the Director of Field Placements.

Students planning to complete the program in two semesters should enroll in the full-time program (36- 40 units). Students planning to take three to six semesters to complete the program should enroll in the part-time program (36+ units). All part time students must consult with the Multiple Subject Program Advisor to plan their course of study.

Students must be enrolled in either a field placement or student teaching each semester. Placements are arranged by the Director of Field Placements.

Program Maintenance Requirements

As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, with no course grades lower than a C+.

Part-time Multiple Subject Credential Program (40-44 units)

Students interested in a part-time or internship program must consult with the Multiple Subject program advisor to plan their course of study.

First Semester (10-12 units)

EDMS 522 Literacy 1: Multicultural/Multilingual (4)
EDMS 526 Modern Methods in Mathematics Teaching (4)
EDMS 562 Field Experience Multiple Subject (Part-time program) (2)

For BCLAD add:
EDML 563 Primary Language Pedagogy and Literacy I (2)

Second Semester (9 units)

EDMS 523 Literacy 2: Multicultural/Multilingual (3)
EDMS 527 History, Social Studies and Integrated Arts (4)
EDMS 562 Field Experience: Multiple Subject (Part-time program) (2)

Third Semester (12 units)

EDMS 529 Science, Health and Physical Education (4)
EDMS 565 Initial Student Teaching Multiple Subject (7)
EDMS 566 Initial Student Teaching Seminar Multiple Subject (1)

Fourth Semester (9-11 units)

EDMS 575 Advanced Student Teaching Multiple Subject (7)
EDMS 576 Advanced Student Teaching Seminar Multiple Subject (2)

For BCLAD add:
EDML 564 Primary Language Pedagogy and Literacy II (2)

Single Subject Teaching Credential Program

This program specifically prepares teachers for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California Public Schools. The program prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the secondary school setting. An underlying principle of the program is that all students (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable learners. Currently, Single Subject Credentials are offered in mathematics, English and the sciences. Beginning Spring 2009, history/social studies will be offered pending approval of the CCTC.

Careers

The Single Subject Teaching Credential Program prepares teachers to work with students in subject specific content areas in departmentalized schools. Single Subject Credential Teachers most often teach in departmentalized middle, junior and high schools.

Requirements for Admission to the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program

  1. Application. Apply to both the University and the Education Program. Applications for the Program are available in the Credential Office.
  2. CBEST Examination. Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program. Students are urged to take this examination at the earliest possible time after deciding to pursue a teaching credential. CBEST must be passed before certification or intern teaching.
  3. Subject Matter Preparation. Prior to admission to the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program, students in the specific content area from other colleges or universities. Students who have not completed a state-approved subject matter program must pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in the subject matter area of the single subject credential prior to admission to the Credential Program. The CSET examination results are valid for five years from the date of passing and must be valid upon final completion of the program.
  4. Prerequisite Courses in Education (16 units). If taken at CSU Channel Islands, the courses must be completed within seven (7) years prior to beginning the program with a grade of “C” or better. If an equivalent course at another college or university has been taken, it must have been completed within five (5) years prior to beginning the program.

    EDSS 515 Adolescent Development for Secondary Educators (3)
    EDUC 512 Equity, Diversity and Foundations of Schooling (3)
    EDUC 520 Observing and Guiding Behavior in Multilingual/Multicultural and Inclusive Classrooms (3)
    EDUC 521 Field Experience (1)
    ENGL 475 Language in Social Context (3)
    SPED 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society (3)
  5. U.S. Constitution. Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution demonstrated by completion of two units (from a semester program) of a college level course or college level examination.
  6. Grade Point Average. A student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 or 2.75 in the last 60 semester units completed to be admitted into the Single Subject Credential Program offered at CSUCI. If a student does not have the required GPA, conditional admission may be available on a limited basis.
  7. Health Clearance. Evidence of a negative tuberculin test is required. The tuberculin clearance is valid for four (4) years and must be valid through student teaching. The tuberculin test may be completed at a private physician’s office, the County Health Department, or the CSUCI Student Health Center.
  8. Certificate of Clearance. Students must possess or apply for a valid Certificate of Clearance as part of admission to the Teaching Credential Program. A copy of an emergency permit satisfies the clearance requirement. The Certificate of Clearance is a background check and clearance conducted by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  9. Official Transcripts. One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CSU Channel Islands Admissions and Records.
  10. Two Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, and/or others who are knowledgeable about the student’s personal qualities and potential to work with children must be submitted with the program application.
  11. Experience. At least 45 hours of documented field experience in a 7-12 classroom or an equivalent documented field experience must be completed.
  12. Bachelor’s Degree. A bachelor’s degree or, for the student still in his/her last term, all undergraduate academic subjects for a bachelor’s degree must be completed or in progress before entering the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for teacher certification.
  13. Writing Sample. Writing samples are required as part of the application process. The writing sample includes a 500-600 word essay describing the applicant’s interest in teaching children with the diversity of languages and cultures represented in California schools.
  14. Interview. An interview is conducted by the Education Program Admissions Committee once all other portions of the admissions requirements are complete. Students are not eligible for financial aid as a credential student until all admissions requirements are met including the interview.

Note: Certification in adult, infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) competency is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for an initial issuance of a teaching credential.

Requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential

EDSS 530 General Secondary School Methods (3)
EDSS 550 Access to Learning: English Language Learners (2)
EDSS 560 Access to Learning: Special Needs Learners (2)
EDSS 570 Field Experience Middle School (Part-time program only) (1)
EDSS 571 Student Teaching Seminar-Middle School (2)
EDSS 575 Student Teaching Middle School (6)
EDSS 580 Field Experience High School (Part-time program only) (1)
EDSS 581 Student Teaching Seminar-High School (2)
EDSS 585 Student Teaching High School (6)

Students take two courses from one of the following subject matter areas: mathematics, science, English, or history/social studies:

Students seeking a single subject credential in mathematics take the following courses:
EDSS 531 Teaching Mathematics in Middle Schools (3)
EDSS 541 Teaching Mathematics in High Schools (4)

Students seeking a single subject credential in science take the following courses:
EDSS 532 Teaching Science in Middle Schools (3)
EDSS 542 Teaching Science in High Schools (4)

Student seeking a Single Subject Credential in English take the following courses:
EDSS 533 Teaching English in Middle Schools (3)
EDSS 543 Teaching English in High Schools (4)

Student seeking a Single Subject Credential in History/Social Studies take the following courses:
EDSS 534 Teaching Social Studies in Middle Schools (3)
EDSS 543 Teaching Social Studies in High Schools (4)

Students completing the program in two semesters should enroll in the full-time program (30 units). Students planning to take three to six semesters to complete the program should enroll in the parttime program (31-34 units). Students who are teaching interns must enroll in the part-time program. All students must consult with the Single Subject Program Advisor to plan their course of study.

Placements for the first semester will be in local middle schools. Second semester placements will be in local high schools.

Students must be enrolled in either a field placement or student teaching each semester.

Program Maintenance Requirements

As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, with no course grades lower than a C+.

Special Education Teaching Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Level I

The program prepares candidates to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in self-contained special education and general education classrooms. The program specifically prepares candidates for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California’s public school classrooms. The program prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the elementary or secondary school setting. An underlying principle of the program is the belief that all children (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable of learning. Emphasis is placed on the K-22 student actively engaged in his/her learning.

This is a post baccalaureate program that has two levels. Level I prepares candidates for a preliminary certificate. After Level I is successfully accomplished, Level II is completed while working in a special education setting and requires the collaboration of the university preparation program and the candidate’s employing school department. Successful completion of the Level II program will result in the candidate’s eligibility for a professional certificate.

Careers

The Education Specialist Program prepares candidates to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) standards for the preparation of teachers of children with mild and moderate disabilities from kindergarten to grade 12.

Requirements for Admission to the Education Specialist Level I Teaching Credential Program

  1. Application. Apply to both the University and the Education Program. Applications to the Program are available in the Credential Office.
  2. CBEST Examination. Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission. Students are urged to take this examination at the earliest possible time after deciding to pursue a teaching credential.
  3. Subject Matter Preparation. The CSU Channel Islands Liberal Studies Option - Teaching and Learning best prepares students for the subject matter knowledge and skills required for the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program. Students may also complete a state-approved multiple subjects subject matter program from other California colleges or universities. Students who have not completed a state-approved subject matter program must pass a California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in any content area or Multiple Subjects Assessment for Teachers (MSAT) prior to admission to the Education Specialist Credential Program. The CSET or MSAT examination results are valid for five years from the date of passing and must be valid upon final completion of the program Subject matter requirements are currently being revised by the CCTC. Please consult with the Credential Advisor for the latest regulations.
  4. Prerequisite Courses in Education (12 units). If taken at CSU Channel Islands, the course must be completed within seven (7) years prior to beginning the program with a grade of “C” or better. If an equivalent course at another college or university has been taken, it must have been completed within five (5) years prior to beginning the program.
    ENGL 475 Language in Social Context (3)
    EDUC 510 Learning Theory and Development Applied in Multicultural Contexts (3)
    EDUC 512 Equity, Diversity and Foundations of Schooling (3)
    SPED 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society (3)
  5. U.S. Constitution. Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution demonstrated by completion of two units (semester) of a college level course or college level examination.
  6. Grade Point Average. A student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 or 2.75 in the last 60 semester units completed. If a student does not have the required GPA, conditional admission may be available on a limited basis.
  7. Health Clearance. Evidence of a negative tuberculin test is required. The tuberculin test is valid for four (4) years and must be valid through student teaching. The tuberculin test may be completed at a private physician’s office, the County Health Department, or the CSUCI Student Health Center.
  8. Certificate of Clearance. Students must possess or apply for a valid Certificate of Clearance as part of admission to the Teaching Credential Program. A copy of an emergency permit satisfies the clearance requirement. The Certificate of Clearance is a background check and clearance conducted by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  9. Official Transcripts. One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CSU Channel Islands Admissions and Records.
  10. Two Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, and/or others who are knowledgeable about the student’s personal qualities and potential to work with children must be submitted with the program application.
  11. Experience. At least 45 hours of documented field experience in a K-12 or special education classroom or an equivalent documented field experience must be completed.
  12. Bachelor’s Degree. A bachelor’s degree or all undergraduate academic subjects must be satisfied toward a bachelor’s degree before entering a teacher education program. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for teacher certification.
  13. Writing Sample. Writing samples are required as part of the application process. The writing sample includes a 500-600 word essay describing the applicant’s interest in teaching children with disabilities and with the diversity of languages and cultures represented in California schools.
  14. Interview. An interview is conducted by an Education Program Admissions Committee once all other portions of the admissions requirements are complete.

Note: The CCTC requires passing the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) for the initial issuance of an Education Specialist Credential. It is recommended that the Assessment be taken after completion of Literacy 1.

Program Maintenance Requirements

As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, with no course grades lower than a C+.

Requirements for the Education Specialist Level I Teaching Credential

Full-time Education Specialist Level I Credential Program (38 units)

First Semester (17 units)

EDMS 522*+ Literacy 1: Multicultural/Multilingual (3)
EDMS 526*+ Modern Methods in Mathematics Teaching (3)
SPED 541 Foundations of Special Education (2)
SPED 544++ Inclusionary Teaching Methods (2)
SPED 546+ Consultation and Communication with Families and Professionals (3)
SPED 570 Student Teaching in Special Education I (3)
SPED 571 Student Teaching Seminar (1)

Second Semester (21 units)

EDSS 540**+ Literacy in Secondary Schools (3)
SPED 542+ Managing Learning Environments (3)
SPED 543++ Educating Diverse Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)
SPED 545+ Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
SPED 580 Student Teaching in Special Education II (8)
SPED 581 Student Teaching Seminar (1)

* Not required of individuals holding a valid Multiple Subject Credential
** Not required of individuals holding a valid Single Subject Credential
+ Coursework requires field experience (SPED 562, EDMS 562) and/or observation time at a school site.
++ Course must be taken with SPED 562, 570, 580 or full time teaching.

Note: Students must demonstrate competence teaching students in elementary and secondary settings. This may occur through field experience, student teaching and prior teaching experiences.

Students interested in a part-time or an internship program must consult with the Education Specialist Advisor to plan their course of study. Students must enroll in either a field placement or student teaching each semester.

Intern Program Education Specialist Level I Credential Program (37 units)

First Semester (11 units)

EDMS 522*+ Literacy 1: Multicultural/Multilingual (3)
SPED 541 Foundations of Special Education (2)
SPED 546+ Consultation and Communication with Families and Professionals (3)
SPED 585 Intern Field Support and Seminar (3)

Second Semester (9 units)

EDSS 540**+ Literacy in Secondary Schools (3)
SPED 542+ Managing Learning Environments (3)
SPED 85 Intern Field Support and Seminar (3)

Third Semester (8 units)

SPED 544++ Inclusionary Teaching Methods (2)
EDMS 526*+ Modern Methods in Mathematics Teaching (3)
SPED 585 Intern Field Support and Seminar (3)

Fourth Semester (9 units)

SPED 543++ Educating Diverse Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)
SPED 545+ Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
SPED 585 Intern Field Support and Seminar (3)

* Not required of individuals holding a valid Multiple Subject Credential
** Not required of individuals holding a valid Single Subject Credential
+ Coursework requires field experience (SPED 562, EDMS 562) and/or observation time at a school site.
++ Course must be taken with SPED 562, 570, 580 or full time teaching.
Students must enroll in SPED585 each semester.

Note: Students must demonstrate competence teaching students in elementary and secondary settings. This may occur through field experience, student teaching and prior teaching experiences.

Students interested in a part-time or an internship program must consult with the Education Specialist Advisor to plan their course of study.

Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Level II Credential

The Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Level II Credential Program at CSUCI is an advanced professional training program for Special Education Teachers. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requires that candidates complete the Level II Credential within five years of completion of a Level I Education Specialist Credential. CSUCI’s Level II Program builds on the goals and objectives of our Level I Program. This program focuses on the diversity of students, collaboration between professionals and families, and effective instructional practices for students with disabilities. In alignment with the California state standards, the Level II Program has formed a partnership with local school districts. Candidates for the Level II Credential are employed teachers who, in collaboration with their employing school district and the University, develop an induction plan. The induction plan describes the coursework and non-university related professional development activities in which the candidate will participate. Up to 25% of the student’s induction plan may be completed through approved non-University activities. During the induction planning stage, the candidate will identify an area of specialization that will be his/her area of focus. University and non-university activities guide the candidate in developing the expertise in the following areas: data-based decision making; behavioral, emotional and environmental supports; current perspectives in special education; transitions from school to work; advanced assessment techniques; curriculum and instruction; and advanced collaboration and consultation with families and professionals.

Requirements for Admission to Education Specialist Level II

  1. CBEST verification.
  2. Education Specialist. Mild/Moderate Disabilities Level I Credential.
  3. Evidence of employment as a Special Education teacher. The Educational Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential Level II requires the student to be employed as a Special Education teacher.
  4. Grade Point Average. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in post baccalaureate or graduate work.
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional work, at least one of whom is the candidate’s current supervisor or administrator. Letters from university faculty describing the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate work are also recommended.
  6. Interview. Interview with the Education Programs Admissions Committee.
  7. Writing Sample. A written statement of purpose in a 400-600 word essay. This essay includes reflections on personal and professional goals, and how the candidate plans to acquire the knowledge and skills in order to achieve these goals.

Note: Candidates are required to complete courses in health education and technology and have certification in adult, infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for CCTC to issue the Level II credential.

Program Maintenance Requirements

As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term as part of the Induction Planning and Evaluation courses SPED 640 & 641.

Requirements for the Education Specialist Level II Teaching Credential

Option 1: Four semester plan (15 units)

First Semester (4 units)

SPED 640 Induction Planning and Support (1)
SPED 641 Advanced Perspectives in Special Education (3)

Second Semester (3 units)

SPED 642 Advanced Behavior and Environmental Support (3)

Third Semester (3 units)

SPED 643 Advanced Assessment and Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners (3)

Fourth Semester (5 units)

SPED 646 Advanced Collaborative Partnerships and Effective Communication in School Settings (3)
SPED 647 Transition and Career Education (1)
SPED 649 Induction Evaluation (1)

Option 2: Two semester plan (15 units)

First Semester (7 units)

SPED 640 Induction Planning and Support (1)
SPED 641 Advanced Perspectives in Special Education (3)
SPED 643 Advanced Assessment and Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners (3)

Second Semester (8 units)

SPED 642 Advanced Behavior and Environmental Support (3)
SPED 646 Advanced Collaborative Partnerships and Effective Communication in School Settings (3)
SPED 647 Transition and Career Education (1)
SPED 649 Induction Evaluation (1)

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education provides advance preparation for educational professionals. Two specializations are offered at CSU Channel Islands: Educational Leadership and Special Education.

Educational Leadership Specialization

The Educational Leadership Specialization prepares candidates to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Completion of this Level I administrative program prepares students to serve in positions of educational leadership in the California Public Schools. Through integration of course work and field experiences students are provided multiple opportunities to learn and practice the California Professional Standards for School Leaders. The program offers students understanding and application of leadership skills related to relationship building, communication, and the ability to apply, model, and analyze curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment, standards-based accountability systems, and data-based school improvement. The program also develops each student’s understanding of basic school administrative responsibilities including resource management, personnel supervision, and daily operational issues related to safety, law, and public policy.

Prior to recommendation for certification, University faculty determine eligibility, based on fully documented evidence, that each student has demonstrated satisfactory performance on the full range of standards set forth by the CCTC. A Masters degree is required for CSU Channel Islands to recommend a candidate Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Candidates already possessing a Masters degree who successfully complete the required 30 units will be recommended for the Level I credential without completing a research project.

Careers

The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership Specialization prepares candidates for leadership positions as school principals and for a variety of school leadership positions for which the Preliminary Administrate Services Credential is required. It prepares educational leaders who can develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs; evaluate and supervise certificated and classified personnel, facilitate and manage safe and secure school learning environments, manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services; and develop, coordinate and supervise student support services.

Requirements for Admission to the Master of Arts in Education and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

  1. Application. Apply to both the University Admissions Office and the Education Credential Office. (see below)
  2. One set of Official Transcripts. One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CSU Channel Islands Admissions Office. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to be accepted into the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program.
  3. CBEST Examination. Copy of card indicating passage of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or verification that you have taken the test prior to admission to the program. Passage of CBEST is required for certification.
  4. California Teaching Credential. Copy of a valid California teaching credential requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching; or a valid California Designated Subjects teaching credential provided the applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree; or a valid California services credential in Pupil Personnel Services, Health Services, Library Media Teacher Services, or Clinical or Rehabilitative Services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a profession preparation program including field practice or the equivalent submitted to the Education Credential Office.
  5. Experience. Documentation of at least three years of full-time successful teaching experience (substitute or part-time service does not apply).
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work at least one of whom is the candidate’s current school administrator.
  7. Interview. Interview with Education Program Admissions Committee.
  8. Writing Sample. A written statement of purpose (500- 600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to be a school administrator serving the children and families of the diverse communities of California. This essay will include reflection on personal professional goals and ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.

Requirements for Master of Arts in Education: Specialization in Educational Leadership

Prerequisites

  • Advanced coursework or a component of an induction program focusing on the integration of technology into Education:
    EDUC 561 Teaching with Technology (3)
    or equivalent
  • Advanced coursework or a component of an induction program focusing in Special Education

Masters Core Courses

EDUC 605 Education in a Diverse Society (3)
EDUC 615 Principles of Educational Research (3)

Select either:
EDUC 616 Masters Research Thesis/Project (1) (continuing registration required)
or

EDUC 618 Comprehensive Examination Preparation (1)

Required Courses for Specialization in Educational Leadership

EDPL 610 Foundations of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3)
EDPL 620 Instructional Leadership of the Collaborative Inclusive School (3)
EDPL 621 Law and School Management (3)
EDPL 622 School Finance and Principles of Applied Leadership (3)
EDPL 623 Understanding and Influencing Organizations in Diverse Communities (3)
EDPL 624 Human Resource Management in Education Settings (3)
EDPL 625 Building Collaborative, Inclusive Learning Communities (3)
EDPL 631 Professional Development/Fieldwork I (2) (1-4)
EDPL 632 Professional Development/Fieldwork II (4) (1-2)

Program Maintenance Requirements

As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term as part of the Professional Development and Field Experience Courses (EDPL 631- 632.)

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency to the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of EDUC 605, Education in a Diverse Society, with a grade of B or higher.

Special Education Specialization

The Special Education Specialization prepares teachers and professionals for leadership roles in the field of special education and disabilities. Completion of this degree prepares graduates to further expand their knowledge of individuals with disabilities of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It equips practitioners with the knowledge of best practice and policies for working with students with disabilities and their families.

Careers

The Master of Arts in Education with the Special Education Specialization prepares graduates for leadership positions in the field of special education and disabilities. These leaders can develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies for individuals with disabilities; mentor special education teachers and allied professionals; conduct professional development and research; serve on policy committees; and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application. Apply to both the University Admissions Office and the Education Program Credential Office.
  2. One Set of Official Transcripts. One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CSU Channel Islands Admissions Office. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to be accepted into the Master of Arts in Education Special Education Program.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work.
  4. Interview. Interview with the Education Program Admissions Committee.
  5. Writing Sample. A written statement of purpose (500-600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to obtain a Master of Education in Special Education. This essay will include reflection on personal and professional goals and the ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.

Requirements for Master of Arts in Education: Specialization in Special Education

Prerequisite

An approved teaching credential and teaching experience.

Masters Core Courses

EDUC 605 Education in a Diverse Society (3)
EDUC 615 Principles of Educational Research (3)

Select either:
EDUC 616 Masters Research Thesis/Project (continuing registration required) (1) or
EDUC 618 Comprehensive Examination Preparation (1)

Required Courses for Specialization in Special Education

SPED 641 Advanced Perspectives in Special Education (3)
SPED 642 Advanced Behavior and Environmental Supports (3)
SPED 643 Advanced Assessment and Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners (3)
SPED 646 Advanced Collaborative Partnerships and Effective Communication in School Settings (3)
SPED 690 Advanced Topics: Special Education (3)
EDUC 617 Action Research (3)

Electives

In addition choose six units from the following list:
EDCI 602 Issues in Secondary Education (3)
EDCI 610 Research on Teaching (3)
SPED 655 Historical and Contemporary Portraits of Disabilities and Special Education (3)
EDUC 431 Education Policy and Politics (POLS) (3)
EDUC 661 Advanced Teaching with Technology (3)
EDPL 610 Foundations of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3)
EDPL 620 Instructional Leadership of the Collaborative Inclusive School (3)
EDPL 621 Law and School Management (3)
EDPL 622 School Finance and Principles of Applied Leadership (3)
EDPL 623 Understanding and Influencing Organizations in Diverse Communities (3)
EDPL 624 Human Resource Management in Education Settings (3)
EDPL 625 Building Collaborative, Inclusive Learning Communities (3)

Program Maintenance Requirements

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency to the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of EDUC 605, Education in a Diverse Society, with a grade of B or higher.

Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate

The CLAD certificate prepares future and practicing teachers to teach students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds in the K-12 public school setting. Students who complete this program will receive training (theory and methods) in working with English Learners in K-12 school settings. Students will receive authorization in the areas of language, culture, and methods, as reflected in the CLAD competencies of the State of California. Students will complete the following courses:

EDMS 522 Literacy 1: Multicultural/Multilingual (3)
EDUC 512 Equity, Diversity and Foundations of Schooling (3)
ENGL 475 Language in Social Context (3)
EDMC 550 Theory and Methods of Bilingual Education (2)
EDMC 560 Application of Mainstream and English Language Development (ELD) (2)

Requirements for the Degree Program

Students must be enrolled in the Special Education Credential Program or have a valid teaching credential.