Education Specialist Clear Credential - Program Overview
Candidates who have completed their Education Specialist Preliminary credential can earn the Education Specialist Clear Credential at CSU Long Beach. The advanced Clear Credential program prepares candidates to meet the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning needs of all students with disabilities from birth-22 under IDEA categories. Candidates must earn the Clear credential within 5 years of completing the Education Specialist Preliminary credential.
The Clear Credential program emphasizes 3 program features:
- Professional development through coursework (12 units, completed in 1 academic year)
- Ongoing, intensive, and individualized mentoring
- Formative assessment practices based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and the candidate’s teaching assignment.
Candidates can earn their Clear credentials in the following areas:
- Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Professional Clear Credential
- Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Professional Clear Credential
These two professional Clear credentials align with our Preliminary Credential Program at CSULB that offers both the mild/moderate and moderate/severe Preliminary credentials.
Master of Science in Special Education
Graduates may concurrently enroll in the Master of Science in Special Education Degree program at CSULB. The Master of Science in Special Education Degree program develops advanced knowledge and skills in current research in special education, and promotes reflective inquiry in special education practice. Candidates receive multiple opportunities to develop critical thinking and writing skills through coursework and the culminating capstone experience i.e., either a comprehensive exam or a thesis.