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Special Education Credential Program (ESCP)

Special Education Credential Program (ESCP)

The Teacher Preparation Advising Center is currently closed however staff are working remotely. Advisors for the affiliated programs can be contacted during the online Zoom hours Monday- Friday from 9:00-11:00am and 2:00-4:00pm. To participate in online Zoom Advising:

​TPAC Advising will not be available on the following days and times due to Staff Professional Development:

  • Monday July 26 - All Day
  • Monday August 2 - All Day
  • Thursday August 5 - 9-11am only

The Teacher Preparation Advising Center is located in EED-67 (currently not open for in-person services) and is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m M-F. 

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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.