Do I need a basic credential to get a special education (Education Specialist) credential?
Can I get an Educational Specialist credential on top of my credential?
Do I need to have an English Learner authorization?
Can I get a Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential only?
Can I get a Preliminary Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential only?
Can I use my Education Specialist coursework toward an MA in Education?
How long to get credential?
Concurrent Candidates: 3 semesters for Multiple Subject & Mild/Moderate, 4 for this + Moderate/Severe and one more semester (for MA)
Add on Candidates: 2 semesters for Mild/Moderate, 3 for this + Moderate/Severe and one more semester (for MA)
Do you have an intern option?
What are the admission requirements for the Concurrent with Multiple Subject Option?
1. Two (2) Applications. Application to both the University and School of Education.
2. Application Fees. A $25 credential application fee is due upon application to a credential program. A university application fee is also required.
3. Bachelor’s Degree. A Bachelor’s degree or all undergraduate academic subjects must be satisfied before entering a teacher education program. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for teacher certification.
4. Subject Matter Competency. Teacher candidates in California are required to demonstrate competence in the subject matter they will be authorized to teach. Subject matter competency must be completed prior to admission to the program. Please note: Conditional admission will be considered on a limited basis; however, state program standards prohibit advanced clinical practice until the CSET is passed.
5. Basic Skills Examination. Candidates must take one of the options for satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement prior to entering a teacher education program. Candidates must pass one of the basic skills options to qualify for advanced student teaching.
Basic Skills Options:
6. Prerequisite Courses in Education. If taken at Cal State San Marcos, the courses must be completed within seven (7) years prior to beginning the program. 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.
7. One Set of Official Transcripts. One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to CSU San Marcos Office of Admissions.
8. Grade Point Average. A candidate must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.67.
9. Three Letters of Recommendation. Recommendations from classroom faculty and/or others knowledgeable about the candidate’s personal qualities and potential must be submitted with the program application. One recommendation must be from a K-12 classroom teacher.
10. Personal Interview. Qualified candidates are interviewed by an education faculty committee. Candidates are notified by e-mail to make arrangements for the interview after the application deadline.
11. Writing Sample. A writing sample is required in response to a given prompt at or prior to the personal interview.
12. Tuberculin Clearance. Must be on file in the Student Services Center
What are the admission requirements for Add On Options?
Subject Matter Competency and individual requirements for out-of-state trained teachers may be required. Contact the Student Services Center at (760) 750-4277 to have out-of-state credentials analyzed for additional individual requirements.
What are the requirements for Intern Eligibility Requirements?
Candidates interested in this internship option must also apply with and be offered employment as an intern with a partnering school or school district. Subject Matter Competency and individual requirements for out-of-state trained teachers may be required, based upon an analysis of the candidate’s credential by an Education Services Center credential analyst.
Interns may obtain a Master of Arts in Education degree with a special education emphasis by completing the EDUC 602, 622, and 698 coursework and thesis/project.