ITEP Preliminary Special Education Credential Program

Program Overview

The ITEP Education Specialist Option has been created to enable Undergraduate Liberal Studies ITEP students to obtain both a Multiple Subject Credential and an Education Specialist Credential to be prepared to teach diverse learners in public school settings.  Students entering this program are Freshmen or Junior transfer students who have declared the Liberal Studies major at CSULB.

Students who complete this option will be credentialed to teach in both general education and special education at the completion of their Bachelor's Degree program in Liberal Studies. 

The Education Specialist Credential Program prepares candidates to teach individuals in the areas of Mild Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs.  The program's goals are to assist candidates in becoming:

  • Effective and caring teachers;
  • Partners with parents and others in the development of high quality educational program;
  • Life long learners engaged in program development reflective of best practices in special education.

The program themes of Collaboration, Diversity, Literacy, Technology, and Transition emphasize current issues of importance to the field of special education, and are addressed across the curriculum.