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Program Admission

University Application

CSULB Admission:  Prospective students should first apply to CSULB in order to obtain a registration date to register for the Program Prerequisite courses. Students that are current CSULB students that will be receiving a bachelors or masters degree at the end of the current semester must reapply to the university to continue as a credential student. ITEP Students do not need to reapply to the university.

Click here for instructions on applying to CSULB

The CSULB deadline for Fall admission to the University is June 1st.
The CSULB deadline for Fall admission for International Students is April 1st.
 

The CSULB deadline for Spring admission to the University is November 1st.
The CSULB Deadline for Spring for International Students is October 1st.

The University application deadline is firm.  Applications to the university will NOT be accepted after the deadline.  Candidates that miss the university deadline may attend through Open University until the next application period.

Program Admission

**Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Special Education Credential Program will consider candiates for admission for Summer and Fall 2020 ONLY that have not you completed or attempted the Subject Matter Competency Requirement or Basic Skills Requirement. Candidates must submit proof of registration for the CBEST and CSET (if applicable) with their program application. Once testing centers reopen, candidates will need to schedule a test date ASAP and submit passing scores. Candidates admitted to the program for Summer or Fall 2020 without passing CSET or CBEST scores will not be allowed to enroll in program methods course and/or apply for student teaching until the exams are passed.  Candidates will need to show progress toward exam passage each semester in the program.

See Program Application below for further information regarding the program application process and information on how to submit your Summer or Fall 2020 ESCP Program Application. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center advising staff during online advising hours (M-F 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm) on Zoom at https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​ or email us at ced-tpac@csulb.edu.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can join the Zoom Advising via phone by calling 669-900-6833 and entering the Meeting ID 418 736 275 during the online advising hours.

 

Program Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet the following admission criteria to be eligible for full admission to the Special Education 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 
  • Completion and passage of oral interview with program faculty 
  • Verification of the Basic Skills Requirement
  • Current TB test verification 
  • Valid CTC Issued Certificate of Clearance, 30-Day Sub Permit, Activity Supervisor Permit, Child Development Permit or Multiple or Single Subject Credential
  • Demonstration of Subject Matter Competence – Passage of CSET: Multiple Subjects (all three subtests) (Scores valid for ten years after passing test date and must be valid at the time credential is completed) or completion of a CTC approved Subject Matter Program. (Not required for ITEP applicants)
  • Successful completion of at least three prerequisite courses (one of which must be EDSP 454)
  • Complete and provide documentation of a field experience of at least 45 hours in a K-12 general education setting or provide proof of a valid Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential issued by the CTC
    **Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Multiple Subject Credential Program will consider candiates for admission for Summer and Fall 2020 ONLY that have not you completed the Subject Matter Competency Requirement or Basic Skills Requirement. Candidates must submit proof of registration for the CBEST and CSET (if applicable) with their program application. Once testing centers reopen, candidates will need to schedule a test date ASAP and submit passing scores. Candidates admitted to the program for Summer or Fall 2020 without passing CSET or CBEST scores will not be allowed to enroll in program methods courses and/or apply for student teaching until the exams are passed. 
    Candidates that were unable to complete 45 hours of fieldwork due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, can indicate any past experiences in a K-12 setting in their Personal Statement. Applications will be accepted without verification of 45 hours of fieldwork.

Candidates that hold a California Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, click here for program admission requirements. 

Program Application Procedures & Deadlines

The Credential Program Application is typically submitted once a candidate has enrolled in or complete at least 3 of the 5 prerequisite courses with one of them being EDSP 454. Candidates that have not completed all 5 prerequisites will be admitted provisionally and will need to complete the prerequisites during their first semester in the program. 

**For Summer and Fall 2020 Admission, Special Education Credential Program application documents must be uploaded to the ESCP Application One Drive folder. Candidates must upload all documents listed below at one time. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. BEFORE clicking the One Drive link, make sure you have all the documents listed below ready to upload.

Candidate Interviews

Candidates are also required to complete a group interview with program faculty members prior to being admitted to the program.  It is suggested that the interview be completed prior to submitting a program application.  Please contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67 at 562-985-1105 to sign up for an interivew the semester you are planning to submit your program application.  Interview times fill up so it is suggested that you contact the office early in the semester to secure an interview appointment.

**Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Teacher Preparation Advising Center is closed to the public however, staff are working remotely. Faculty interviews are still taking place during this time via Zoom. To sign up for an interview during Spring 2020, contact TPAC during online advising hours (M-F 9am-11am & 2pm-4pm) at https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​ or email us at ced-tpac@csulb.edu

Credential Program Application Deadlines:

To Begin Pedagogy Courses in:

Priority Application Deadline*

Final Application Deadline
Summer 2020

Extended to May 1, 2020

May 11, 2020

Fall 2020

June 1, 2020

August 10, 2020

Spring 2021

November 1, 2020 January 4, 2021

*Program applications will be accepted after priority deadlines on a space available bases. Applications will not be accepted after the Final deadline.

Candidates that hold a California Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, click here for program admission requirements. 

Mandatory Advisement

Once candidates submit a complete program application and are admitted to the Special Education Credential Program, they will be invited to attend a Mandatory Advisement Session.  Mandatory Advisement is REQUIRED of all candidates and is where you will be issued permit for all EDSP and ED P core courses. Candidates may enroll in EDEL core courses with a permit.

Below are the Fall 2020 Mandatory Advisement Sessions. Please be sure to mark your calendar for the next closest session after submitting your complete program application. You will receive a formal invite to the Mandatory Advisement Session with your program admission letter.

**Mandatory Advisement during Spring 2020 will be held online via Zoom. More information will be sent in your program admit letter.

Date Time
TBA TBA

Program Application 

**For Summer and Fall 2020 Admission, Special Education Credential Program application documents must be uploaded to the ESCP Application One Drive folder. Candidates must upload all documents listed below at one time. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. BEFORE clicking the One Drive link, make sure you have all the documents listed below ready to upload.

Candidates must submit a complete program application packet to EED-67 by the appropriate deadline and complete and interview with program faculty to be admitted to the program. A complete application includes the following items:

  1. Program Application (PDF)
  2. Two Recommendation Forms (PDF) are required from individuals who are well acquainted with your educational training, teaching or other experience, and related activities. One recommendation should come from an academic reference and one recommendation form can come from a K-12 educator, employer or other adult who is not a relative. If you work in an educational setting, one should be from your current supervisor. 
    **Recommenders should email the completed for to ced-tpac@csulb.edu
  3. Personal essay (1 – 2 pages, typed or word processed) that tells us about you. Be sure to address at least the following topics: (1) How did your interest in special education begin? (2) What experiences, training, and talents do you bring to the area of special education? (3) What are your short term and long-term career goals? and (4) How do our program goals fit your personal goals? 
  4. Unofficial Transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended - provide unofficial transcripts for all colleges or universities you have attended, including CSULB. 
  5. Verification of TB Clearance (skin test are valid for 4 years or chest x-ray valid for 8 years)
  6. Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement - see Basic Skills Requirement for more information and required documentation.
    **Candidates that are using the CBEST exam to meet the Basic Skills Requirement that were unable to take the exam prior to testing centers being closed must submit proof of registration for the CBEST exam with the program application. Candidates will be required to select a test date and take the exam as soon as centers reopen. Candidates will not be eligible to apply for student teaching until they can submit passing CBEST scores.
  7. Proof of Subject Matter Competency (Not required for ITEP)
    **Official Passing CSET: Multiple Subjects Scores (Scores valid for ten years from date of test passage and must be valid at the time credential is completed)
    -or-
    Subject Matter Waiver Letter showing completion of a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program

    **Candidates that are using the CSET exam to meet the Subject Matter Competency Requirement that were unable to take the exam prior to testing centers being closed must submit proof of registration for the CSET exam with the program application. Candidates will be required to select a test date and take the exam as soon as centers reopen. Candidates will not be eligible to apply for student teaching until they can submit passing CSET scores.
  8. Verification of Valid Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit or Activity Supervisor Permit or Child Development Permit or Multiple or Sngle Subject Credential
  9. Verification of 45 hours in a K- 12 general education setting (PDF) or Final Fieldwork Evaluation from EDEL 200 or valid Multiple or Single Subject Credential
    **Candidates that were unable to complete 45 hours of fieldwork due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, can indicate any past experiences in a K-12 setting in their Personal Statement. Applications will be accepted without verification of 45 hours of fieldwork.

Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Course Equivalency Request for pre-requisite courses must be submitted and approved prior to submitting an application.

**Candidates applying for Summer or Fall 2020 admission must upload all of the documents listed above to the ESCP Application One Drive file, incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center advising staff during online advising hours (M-F 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm) on Zoom at https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​ or email us at ced-tpac@csulb.edu. If you do not have access to a computer, you can join the Zoom Advising via phone by calling 669-900-6833 and entering the Meeting ID 418 736 275 during the online advising hours.

Once you have submitted a complete program application and have been admitted to the Special Education Credential Program, you will be invited to a Mandatory Advisement Session where you will create your program plan and receive permits for all EDSP and ED P core courses. Please take note of the dates of Mandatory Advisement Sessions in the section above and be prepared to attend one of the sessions.

Candidates that hold a California Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, click here for program admission requirements. 

**The Education Specialist Credential Program Faculty at CSULB will consider applications for candidates, who have completed the Basic Skills Requirement and attempted all parts of the CSET and have passed a minimum of one subtest, for provisional admission to the program.  First priority for admission will be given to candidates, who have passed all parts of the CSET exam and have official scores submitted with their application. Second Priority will be given to candidates that have attempted the exam but have not passed one or more subtests (must have passed a minimum of one subtest to be considered for admission. All candidates must have full admission to the program to be permitted to enroll in the methods courses (EDSP 577/578) and/or to apply to student teaching. All other program application requirements must be met for admission to the program.