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College of Education Information | College of Education Programs

Credential Programs

Public school teaching and service credentials in California are regulated by the state legislature and administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Credential programs offered at CSULB have been developed to meet current requirements, which are complex and continually reviewed and changed by legislative action. Candidates for all credentials must meet legal requirements in effect when completing credential programs. It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the program requirements contained in this catalog and to obtain current information from departments offering individual programs. For information regarding admission, academic requirements, and fieldwork, contact the specific credential program coordinator. For information on state credential laws and regulations, pending changes, and new legislation, contact the Credential Center (ED1-42; 562/985-4109; credentials@csulb.edu).

Basic Teaching Credentials

There are three types of basic teaching credentials: Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist.

The Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, generally in an elementary school. A teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom — pre-school, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, or in classes for adults. In addition to a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates for the Multiple Subject Credential must demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects) as a condition of entry to the program. With additional course work, students in the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program may earn a Bilingual Cross Cultural and Academic Development (BCLAD) authorization in Spanish, Cambodian (Khmer), Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean, and Vietnamese. For detailed information on the Multiple Subject Credential Program, refer to the Teacher Education Department section in this catalog or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-9259).

One of the pathways to a Multiple Subject credential is the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP). ITEP combines undergraduate study of academic subjects aligned to the California standards for the K-8 curriculum with professional preparation courses, field experiences, and student teaching. ITEP students may also complete the requirements for the Education Specialist Credential or Bilingual Cross Cultural and Academic Development (BCLAD) Credential along with those for the Multiple Subject Credential and receive dual authorization. ITEP students are required to demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam as a condition of advancement to student teaching. For detailed information on the ITEP program, refer to the Liberal Studies section of this catalog or contact the Liberal Studies Department (LIBE 127; 562/985-4228)

The Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach a specified subject. A teacher authorized for single subject instruction may be assigned to teach this subject at any grade level — pre-school, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, or in classes for adults. In practice, most teachers with a single subject authorization teach departmentalized classes in middle, junior high or senior high schools. CSULB offers Commission on Teacher Credentialing-approved Subject Matter Programs in Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English, Foreign Language (French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish), Geosciences, Health Science, Home Economics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, and Social Science. For detailed information on the Single Subject Credential Program, refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section in this catalog or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67).

The Education Specialist Credential authorizes a candidate to teach in a special education assignment with students with special needs. This K-12 credential certifies individuals to work as a special day class teacher, inclusion support teacher, or as a resource specialist. In addition to a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates must demonstrate subject matter competence by passing all three sub-tests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects, or the appropriate CSET exam in Math, Science, or Language Art as a condition of entry to the program. Another pathway to the Education Specialist Credential is the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP), through which students can earn dual authorization to teach Multiple Subjects and Special Education. For detailed information on the Education Specialist Credential Program, refer to the Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling section in this catalog or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67).

Elementary and secondary teachers who wish to diversify their teaching authorizations may do so by fulfilling specific requirements. Further information is available in the Credential Center (ED1-42; 562/985-4109; credentials@csulb.edu).

Obtaining the Preliminary Credential

Requirements for the Preliminary and Professional Clear credentials are set by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in accordance with state law. Requirements for the Preliminary credential include:

1. a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution,
2. an approved professional preparation program, including the teaching of reading and student teaching,
3. verification of subject matter competence (coursework or examination),
4. passage of CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test),
5. completion of an approved course or examination in the U.S. Constitution,
6. demonstration of Level I computer technology proficiency (course or exam), and
7. for Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates, passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).

Graduates of CSULB credential programs meet Commission and program requirements and are recommended for the Preliminary credential by the College.

Obtaining the Professional Clear Credential

The Preliminary credential is valid for five years from the date of issuance and is not renewable. During the first five years of teaching, teachers must complete one of the following options to qualify for the Professional Clear credential:

1. a CCTC-accredited Induction Program through the district of employment; or
2. a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program and the four statutory requirements of advanced work in health education, teaching special populations, teaching English learners, and advanced technology (if advanced work in the four statutory areas is met through courses taken at a college or university, the courses must be taken after completion of the Preliminary credential); or
3. if a BTSA or Induction Program is not available, and with permission from their employer, a candidate may enter a Fifth Year Program at a college or university. The Fifth Year Program requires 30 units of post-baccalaureate study and advanced course work in the four statutory areas of health education, teaching special populations, teaching English learners, and advanced technology. The advanced level courses in the four statutory areas must be taken after completion of the Preliminary credential.

For information on the Professional Clear credential contact the Credential Center (ED1-42; 562/985-4109; credentials@csulb.edu).

Entry Levels for Basic Credential Programs

Students may begin credential programs at five different levels:

1. Qualified candidates who wish to earn the Multiple Subject Credential may begin the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) in the Liberal Studies Department as first-term freshmen. This program leads to the Multiple Subject Credential in four and a half years of full time, accelerated study.
2. Qualified transfer students from partner community colleges who wish to earn the Multiple Subject Credential and who have started the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at their community college may continue the program as transfer students. This program leads to the Multiple Subject Credential in four and a half years of full time, accelerated study.
3. Junior level – With a carefully planned program, credential program courses may be taken as electives as early as the first semester of the junior year with completion of the program coming as early as the first semester after graduation.
4. Senior level – Credential program courses may be taken during the senior year as electives. The remaining credential courses and student teaching are then completed at the post-baccalaureate level. (Note: By petition only, up to twelve units of course work taken in the final undergraduate semester -- and not needed to meet major or degree requirements -- may be counted as postgraduate credit toward the Professional Clear credential and/or as postgraduate credit on a district salary ladder. Information is available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center [ED1–67]).
5. Graduate level – The entire credential program may be completed at the post-baccalaureate level.

Application to Credential Programs

Information on application to basic credential programs is available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67). Students currently not enrolled in the University must file an application for admission to the University (www.csumentor.edu) as well as an application to the specific program. Note: Some programs have established application periods each year that are separate from the University application periods and process.

Application for Student Teaching

Candidates for student teaching for the summer or fall term of any year must apply by March 1. Spring candidates must apply by October 1. Student Teaching application deadlines are firm.

Candidates for student teaching must attend a Student Teaching Application Meeting. Which is the only venue for distributing applications. Dates and times for each application period are posted on bulletin boards and program websites.

Appeal Process

A student has the right to address an appeal to the appropriate committee regarding any policy related to admission and continuation in a teacher preparation program. Petition forms and assistance are available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67).

Specialist Credentials

CSULB offers programs leading to a Reading Certificate and to a Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential. Both require a valid basic teaching credential. (Note: the Adapted Physical Education Credential is available through the Department of Kinesiology. Refer to the College of Health and Human Services section of this catalog.)

Service Credentials

Service credential programs are available in the following areas: Preliminary Administrative Services, Professional Administrative Services, Library Media Teacher Services, School Counseling, and School Psychology. Both the Preliminary Administrative Services and the Library Media Teacher credentials require a valid basic teaching credential. (Note: Designated Subjects, Health Services [school nurse], Clinical Rehabilitative Services [language, speech, and hearing], Clinical Rehabilitative Services [audiology], and School Social Work, Child Welfare and Attendance credentials are also available at CSULB. Refer to the College of Health and Human Services section of this catalog.)

Degree Programs

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

The college offers a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies through the Liberal Studies Department. The Liberal Studies Track I major is a cross-disciplinary liberal arts program of study. Track I meets both the General Education and major requirements of the university. This major prepares students in the broad content necessary for successful elementary school teaching. Track I students often begin taking credential program courses in the junior or senior year, and complete the credential program in the first year after graduating. The Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITEP) is a Liberal Studies major that combines a broad liberal arts course of study with teacher preparation courses. ITEP students graduate with both a BA degree and a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. For more information, refer to the Liberal Studies Department section of this catalog.

Master’s Degree Programs

Master’s degree programs are offered in two departments within the College. General procedures, policies, requirements, and applications for the master’s degrees are available from the Graduate Studies and Research Office, ED1-7, and are listed following each option and specialization in the appropriate section of the catalog. In order to pursue a master's degree, students must submit applications to both the University and the program.

The Educational Psychology, Administration, and Counseling Department offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling, with Options in Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education, Career Counseling, and Vocational Rehabilitation; and a Master of Science degree in Special Education. (Note: discontinuance is under consideration for the MS Options in Career Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation.) The Master of Arts in Education degree is offered with Options in Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, School Librarianship, and Social and Multicultural Foundations of Education.

The Teacher Education Department offers two Options in the Master of Arts in Education: Elementary Education and Secondary Education. The Elementary Education Option offers three specializations: Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, and Reading and Language Arts. The Secondary Education Option has two specializations: Curriculum and Instruction and Reading and Language Arts.

To be considered for admission to a master’s degree program, students must submit a program application, official transcripts, test scores (if applicable), and any additional program requirements to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education. Program applications may vary; please check the individual program for additional requirements. Program applications may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (ED1-7; 562/985-8476; www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate). Please note: Not all programs admit students for the spring semester. For additional program information and contact numbers for advisors, visit the College of Education website at www.ced.csulb.edu and navigate to the appropriate program.

All master’s degree candidates in education are required either to complete a thesis or project or take a comprehensive examination according to the requirements of the degree, degree option, or degree option specialization. Application for enrollment for thesis, project, or comprehensive examination must be made by October 1 for the spring semester or by March 1 for the fall semester.

University Requirements for Admission to Master’s Programs

To be eligible for conditional admission to the respective College of Education master’s degree programs, applicants must meet the following grade point average (GPA) requirements:

Clear Conditional Admission ---- Applicants must have a GPA of 2.85 or higher in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units of course work taken. Lower division and/or extension courses taken after obtaining the bachelor’s degree are excluded from this calculation.

Conditional Admission — Applicants who meet all requirements for clear conditional admission except one program requirement may nevertheless qualify for clear conditional admission by earning a minimum GPA of 3.00 on 12 units of approved course work planned by the student and advisor. Applicants who fail to meet more than one program admission requirement must be recommended by faculty as a promising candidate in order to be conditionally admitted.

NOTE: Individual programs retain the right to determine who is admitted to the program. Meeting the University requirements for clear conditional or conditional admission does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Clear conditional admission to the CED is required for enrollment in 500 and 600 level courses.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy for a graduate degree, a candidate must:

1. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
2. Satisfy all general University requirements for advancement to candidacy, as well as the specific requirements for the degree option and specialization;
3. Complete all prerequisites and testing, file for an approved program of studies with the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and be currently enrolled;
4. Resolve all incomplete grades (to either “complete” or “default” grade).

Note:The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the MA in Education, Options in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology.

Degree and Credential Programs at a Glance

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Master of Arts in Education with Options in:
• Educational Administration
• Educational Psychology
• Educational Technology
• Elementary Education
                 Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction
                 Specialization in Early Childhood Education
                 Specialization in Reading and Language Arts

• School Librarianship
• Secondary Education
               Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction
               Specialization in Reading and Language Arts

• Social and Multicultural Foundations of Education
               Specialization in International/Global Education
               Specialization in Language, Literacy, and Culture
               Specialization in Race, Class, and Gender Studies
              Special Concentration

Master of Science in Special Education
Master of Science in Counseling with Options in:
Career Counseling (temporarily suspended for new admissions)
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
School Counseling
Student Development in Higher Education
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (temporarily suspended for new admissions)
Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership (awarded jointly with the University of California, Irvine)
 

Teaching Credentials

Elementary:
• Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program
• Preliminary Multiple Subject Internship Program
• Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program with Bilingual Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Emphasis
• Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

Secondary:

• Single Subject Credential Program
 Art, English (Emphasis in Black Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Language & Linguistics, Literacy & Composition, Literature, Speech, Theatre Arts), Languages Other than English (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish), Health Science, Home Economics, Life Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education (Adapted P.E., Elementary School, Secondary School), Physical Science (Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics), Social Science (covering Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
• Single Subject Intern Credential Program

Specialist Teaching Credentials

• Reading and Language Arts
• Education Specialist Credential Program, Level I: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
• Education Specialist Internship Program, Level I: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
• Education Specialist Credential Program, Level I: Moderate/Severe Disabilities
• Education Specialist Internship Program, Level I: Moderate/Severe Disabilities
• Education Specialist Credential Program, Level II: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
• Education Specialist Internship Program, Level II: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
• Education Specialist Credential Program, Level II: Moderate/Severe Disabilities
• Education Specialist Internship Program, Level II: Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Services Credentials

• Preliminary Administrative
• Professional Administrative
• Library Media Teacher
• School Counseling
• School Counseling Internship
• School Psychology
• School Psychology Internship

Graduate Certificates

• Career Guidance Specialist (discontinuance under consideration)
• Community College

Other Credentials and Authorizations

Please refer to the College of Health and Human Services section of this catalog for credential programs in:

• Adapted Physical Education
• Designated Subjects
• Health Services (School Nurse)
• Clinical Rehabilitative Services – Language, Speech, and Hearing
• Clinical Rehabilitative Services – Audiology
• School Social Work, Child Welfare, & Attendance

College Offices and Services

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to undergraduate teacher track, credential, and master's students in the College of Education. Scholarship applications are available the first week in November in the Office of the Dean, ED1-5, and should be completed and submitted by the second Friday in February. Scholarship recipients are identified by the fourth week of April and the scholarship funds are awarded for the beginning of the next academic year (i.e., all students applying February 2007 will receive the funding in the academic year beginning in August 2007).

Educational Career Services (ECS)

Educational Career Services assists students and alumni in their search for professional positions in the field of education. ECS serves teacher candidates and also provides services to students and alumni seeking positions as school administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, college instructors, school librarians, and other positions in education. Services offered by ECS include: maintaining links to web-based job banks, posting job vacancy notices, sponsoring job fairs, conducting job search seminars, providing individual advisement, and providing information about professional educational opportunities. Appointments may be scheduled with an Educational Career counselor to obtain information about the current job market in education or to receive assistance with resume writing or job interview skills. ECS is located in ED2-168, telephone (562) 985-5772.

Credential Center (CC)

The Credential Center assists students in pursuit of their credential and educational goals. Center staff serve as a campus liaison to the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), and coordinate the dissemination of credential information to University staff, faculty, students and the general public. The Credential Center is responsible for the evaluation, verification, and recommendation of all initial elementary teaching, secondary teaching, specialist, and service credentials. The Center serves as a University resource for credential requirements and regulations, which includes advisement and program admission for the Professional Clear Single Subject and Multiple Subject Credential Programs (Fifth-Year Programs), advisement for out-of-state and out-of-country credential applicants, and assistance to credentialed teachers seeking renewal information. The Center is located in ED1-42, telephone (562) 985-4109, email credentials@csulb.edu.

Service Experiences for ReVitalizing Education (SERVE)

The SERVE Program creates an opportunity for students at the undergraduate level, in particular those who are considering careers in K-12 education, to learn about the realities of urban classrooms and the needs of the diverse K-12 student population. SERVE interns work with students individually and in small groups to pro-vide academic support and encourage personal growth. Through this involvement CSULB students assess their career goals and provide direct service to students and teachers in grades K-12 and to their communities. SERVE is located in ED1-17, telephone (562) 985-5499.

Educational Psychology Clinic

The Educational Psychology Clinic serves as a primary training site for the School Psychology, School Counseling, and Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential Programs, while providing comprehensive educational and psychological services to children at a moderate cost. Services at the Clinic are provided by graduate students under the supervision of faculty in the College of Education. Specific services provided at the clinic include psychoeducational assessments, counseling and tutoring. Administrative fees for clinical services are reduced for CSULB students and those with financial need. The Educational Psychology Clinic is located in ED2-155, telephone (562) 985-4991, website www.ced.csulb.edu/edpac/clinic.

Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER)

The Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER) engages in a wide range of services, projects and research initiatives to promote equity, excellence and justice in schools and society, with a focus on traditionally underserved and underrepresented children, families and communities. Services, projects and research initiatives align with a vision for an inclusive, democratic society and promote evidence- and research-based approaches to relevant human, organizational and educational change. CLMER is located in ED1-18, telephone (562) 985-5806.

Center for Collaboration in Education (CCE)

The Center for Collaboration in Education coordinates information on the various university/community part-nerships. These partnerships are focused on the renewal of the education profession and the pursuit of a high quality seamless public education/higher education pathway.