Do I have to pass the CBEST before being admitted to the program?
Yes, you must have proof of passing scores submitted with your department application for any of the four credential programs.
What is a Certificate of Clearance? Do I need one?
A Certificate of Clearance is verification that you have not been convicted of a felony, a condition which, by California law, would prevent you from being issued a credential. Students who fail to submit a Certificate of Clearance may not be admitted or may have a delay in being admitted. A valid emergency permit or current California Teaching Credential will be accepted in lieu of a Certificate of Clearance.
Must I satisfy the pre-professional experience requirement before being fully admitted to the Program?
When must I satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement?
As soon as possible. You won't receive a credential, including the intern credential, unless you meet this requirement.
How long does it take to complete the credential program?
Length depends on which credential program you are in. Intern program is completed in 2 years. Check the course outlines for your credential program to determine the number of units required.
Can I work full-time and still be able to complete the program?
Yes, our program is outlined so that you can take classes online, week nights, and weekends. Most of our classes do not begin until 4pm. However, when you are ready for student-teaching, if you do not have a job as a special education teacher, you must get one, or seek employment in the evenings so that you can meet the student-teaching time requirement.
What if I want to do both the MA and credential program?
The MA and credential are two separate programs, and therefore have different department applications and must have their own recommendations and dispositions. The coursework you take for your Level I credential program can be applied toward the 30-unit Master Degree requirement. When you apply to the University, apply to the credential program of your choice. Once you complete the requirements for the credential program, you can then submit a change form with Graduate Studies moving you from a credential student to a MA student. If you choose to complete the MA program first, you must reapply to the University in order to complete your credential work. If you do not do it, you will not be able to enroll the following semester. All students must take and successfully pass the Department MA Writing Assessment to be considered for the Masters Program. Please refer to our website for dates and registration.