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.

The following courses are required in addition to the Liberal Studies degree courses and the Multiple Subject Credential courses:

Prerequisites - 6 units

Note: These courses must be completed or in progress at time of application to program.

  • EDSP 454 - Development of Communication Skills in a Bilingual Context (3 units)
  • EDSP 410 - Equity in Special Education (3 units)

Core Courses - 15 units

Candidates must be admitted to the program to enroll in these courses.

  • UDCP 400 - Foundations of Teaching & Learning in Diverse Inclusive Settings (2 units)
  • EDSP 518 - Integrated Math Instruction Across Content Areas (3 units)
  • EDSP 534 - Collaboration & Transition in Special Education (3 units)
  • EDSP 558 - Literacy for Students with Diverse Abilities (4 units)
  • EDSP 564 - Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3 units)
  • UDCP 401 - Positive Behavior Supports (3 units)
  • EDSP 577 - Instructional Methods & Strategies for Individuals with MMSN (3 units)
    EDSP 578 - Instructional Methods & Strategies for Individuals with ESN (3 units)

Student Teaching - 4 units

Candidates must meet state and program conditions for advancement to student teaching.  Candidates must obtain a Student Teaching Application from the website and apply to Student Teaching at the beginning of the semester prior to enrolling in the courses listed below.  See the Student Teaching website for more information on Student Teaching, the application process and deadlines. 

  • EDSP 587A - Student Teaching: MMSN (4 units)
    EDSP 588A - Student Teaching: ESN (4 units)

*Completed after MSCP student teaching. With advisor permission, students may take EDSP 577 or 578 concurrently with EDSP 587/588A.

ITEP Candidates must meet the TPA requirement for the Education Specialist Credential (ESN or MMSN) for the required cycle.  

Candidates must meet with a Liberal Studies Advisor to develop a course sequence plan that meets the undergraduate Liberal Studies core requirements, Multiple Subject Credential Program Requirements and the Education Specialist Credential Program Requirements.  

Candidates must meet the following admission criteria to be eligible for admission to the Education Specialist Credential Program:

  • Submission of a complete application packet prior to the appropriate deadline 
  • G.P.A. of at least 2.75 for the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units, or 2.67 overall 
  • Submission of CSULB unofficial transcript showing Liberal Studies major
  • Completion and passage of oral interview with program faculty 
  • Verification of Basic Skills Requirement
  • Current TB test verification 
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses 

For complete Admission and Application requirements and procedures click on ESCP Admissions in the navigation menu on the left.