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Education Specialist Credential Program (ESCP)

Education Specialist Credential Program (ESCP)

Beginning on Friday, January 7, 2022, staff in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center will be working remotely due to the COVID-19 surge we are currently experiencing. Staff will continue to be available via Zoom during the hours indicated below. We expect to be able to resume in-person and phone advising in addition to zoom advising on Monday, February 7, 2022. Please continue to check the CSULB COVID-19 website for up-to-date information.

CLOSED Monday, January 17th 

For Online Zoom Advising:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 1-5pm
  • Join Online Video Advising Session
  • Join Zoom Meeting via App: ID 842-0656-7669
  • Call 669-900-6833 and Enter Meeting ID 842-0656-7669


Program Overview

The Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program (ESCP) at CSULB prepares candidates to teach individuals in the areas of Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe disabilities. Completion of the program lead to issuance of the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Other special education programs in the CSULB College of Education

Program Goals and Features

ESCP assists candidates in becoming:

  1. Effective and caring teachers;
  2. Partners with parents & others in the development of high quality educational programs;
  3. Life-long learners engaged in program development reflective of best practices in special education.

The program themes emphasize current issues of importance to the field of special education. These themes are addressed across our curriculum and are as follows:

  • Individualized Education
  • Collaboration
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Advocacy and Leadership

Program Options & Pathways

The CSULB Education Specialist Credential Program offers the following pathways leading to the California Preliminary Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Credential:

Post-Bac Traditional Pathway

Students entering the Post-Bac Traditional Pathway have either received a Bachelor's Degree or will graduate prior to the end of their Credential Program (including CSULB Liberal Studies BA only majors).

ESCP Post-Bac Intern Pathway

The ESCP Post-Bac Intern Pathway is for students that already hold a bachelors degree that have been admitted to the credential program at CSULB, met all intern eligibility requirements (including faculty approval) and have been offered a full-time position as teacher of record in a school or district which has an Intern Agreement with CSULB.

Undergraduate Liberal Studies Pathway (ITEP Program)

Students in the Undergraduate Liberal Studies Pathway are Juniors or Seniors who have declared the Liberal Studies ITEP major at CSULB.

For additional information related to professional licensure and certification related to this program, please see the Credential Center.