The Education Specialist Credential program prepares individuals to teach and provide services to children and young adults with disabilities from kindergarten through age 22. The CSU East Bay program includes authorizations to teach and provide services for children and young adults with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities including those who are English learners.
The program includes foundational coursework in education psychology, special education law, policy and program design, instruction and assessment working with diverse populations, teaching English language learners, and teaching students with disabilities; a full complement of discipline-based methods courses; and three semesters of fieldwork and student teaching in a range of service delivery models and programs in the bay area.
The program is a full-time, two-year cohort-based program. Candidates begin with full-time enrollment in June and supervised fieldwork experiences begin in the spring semester of the first year and continue fall and spring semesters of the second year of the program. The fieldwork experiences begin with 3 full days a week during the first year and increase to 4 full days and then 5 full days, full-time teaching during the second year. The program only accepts candidates without a general education credential for June admissions.
The program offers an alternate route to certification (Intern Program). Applications review and acceptance into the Intern Program occurs after program acceptance, usually, after summer classes have started. A separate intern application is available to eligible candidates.
Information Session: All applicants are highly encouraged to attend an Information Session prior to submitting an application. The schedule for Information Sessions can be found on our website.
NOTE: Applicants must submit two applications to be considered for the program; one to the department and one to the university through Cal State Apply.
Review Application Checklist (below): Start early. We use a rolling admissions process following the schedule below and candidates with complete applications may receive early admissions.
Please note: Not all application checklist items will apply to your application option.
Applicants are admitted for the Summer and Fall semesters. Summer admissions are recommended for applicants who are entering without a prior teaching credential. Applicants who hold a multiple or single subject credential must apply for Fall semester admissions.
2. University Application: Complete the online application at Cal State Apply.
3. Transcripts: You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted and be in good academic standing. Official transcripts must be submitted in person or by mail to Graduate Admissions and the Credential Office at:
Office of Graduate Admissions
*Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Credential Student Service Center
*Only official bachelor
IMPORTANT! You should request all transcripts sent directly to your home address, once you have gathered all transcripts you may submit them to both offices separately. The department does not accept electronic transcripts, however, the university does accept electronic copies of transcripts for your University file. Have transcripts for your University application send directly from the institution to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If currently a Cal State East Bay student or a Cal State East Bay graduate, transcripts do not need to be submitted unless you have completed
Please note: If you are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree at a school other than Cal State East Bay you will be required to provide a certificate of completion from your university’s registrar’s and one additional official transcript after your degree has been awarded. Your bachelor's degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Foreign transcripts (if applicable) - Applicants with international transcripts must provide a copy of an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
4. Admissions Checklist: The Admissions Checklist needs to be submitted with your application, only once. You will need to sign and date the bottom.
5. Certificate of Clearance: Serves as evidence of having undergone the fingerprint, character and identification process required by the CTC: CERTIFICATE OF CLEARANCE. You must obtain a Certificate of Clearance or hold a valid CTC issued document in order to be accepted to a credential program.
6. Basic Skills Requirement: Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English and shall have taken an examination which has been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). Proficiency is verified by
For more information about the BSR requirements or additional options, BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT.
7. Subject Matter Competency: The candidate shall have demonstrated subject matter competency by the means appropriate to the credential sought. Applicants must either A) submit proof of meeting the subject matter competency or B) submit proof of registration for the required exams or C) proof that your Subject Matter Waiver Letter is in
Note: Per CSU Executive Order 1077, the official subject matter waiver documentation must be from a CTC-approved subject matter program. A comparison and analysis of student transcripts from a non-CSU,
The CSETs can be quite challenging. About half of the applicants need to retake one or more subtests. Take them early and allow yourself time to retake them, if necessary. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requires that candidates possess subject matter competency as demonstrated by passage of a series of CSET subtest or Subject Matter Waiver prior to assuming whole-class instruction (student teaching) or becoming an intern.
Hard copies of test scores including barcode need to be submitted to the CSSC during the first year of the program. More information on the CSETs can be found at About the Assessment Programs CSET.
8. Negative Tuberculosis (TB): Submit
The TB requirement is separate from the CSUEB “Immunization Requirement” which is due by the end of your first semester in the program and is submitted to the University’s Student Health Center.
9. 45 hours of Early Field Experience: Documented field experience of at least 45 hours in a K-12 classroom or a documented field experience from the past two years. Pre-professional experience must be in a classroom or classroom-like setting with groups of children/adults ages five (5) to twenty-two (22) for the education specialist program.
*If you have taken TED 301 (or TED 3001) at CSUEB, this course will cover 15 hours of
10. U.S. Constitution: Demonstrated knowledge of the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution as demonstrated by one of the following
11. Statement of Purpose and Coversheet: The statement of purpose responds to all there bullet points answering the following questions, typed and double spaced 300 or more word essay:
12. Letters of Recommendation: Provide three (3) letters of recommendation forms that demonstrate suitable dispositions for teaching in public schools. Recommendation forms need to be completed by a person who has observed
13. Program Interview: All program applicants are required to participate in a group interview with a College of Education faculty member. You will be notified to schedule this interview after you have submitted your application packet.
REMINDER: In order to be scheduled for an interview you must have submitted the following:
*Not all applicants are eligible for the Alternate Route to Certification (Intern Credential). In order to ensure a quality educational experience for California students the department's minimum requirements are 150 hours (documented) in a Pk-12 classroom at grade levels appropriate to your credential goal and your letters of recommendation must address your abilities to handle a classroom on your own. The department may take other factors into consideration but having an offer of employment from a district does not guarantee that the university will recommend an Intern Credential. The department reserves the right not to recommend an Intern Credential even if minimum requirements are met. Please note according to the regulations of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing an Intern Credential cannot be issued until summer classes are successfully completed with a "B" or better. Applicants interested in the Alternate Route to Certification may submit the Intern Approval Form to their program