Authorizations and Certifications

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Added Authorizations extend a credential holder’s license to work with additional populations.

Please note that all candidates who have completed or are enrolled in our current Mild to Moderate Disabilities and Moderate to Severe Disabilities Preliminary Credential Programs are authorized to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and, thus, do not need the ASDAA). Special education teachers who completed older special education credential programs may want to consider adding the ASDAA.

Admission Requirement

Applicants must currently hold a preliminary Education Specialist Credential.

Program Requirements

To earn the ASDAA, candidates must complete the following courses:

  • EPSY 6124 Assistive Technology and Augmentative/Alternative Communication
  • EPSY 6137 Instruction and Behavioral Support for Students with Moderate-Severe Disabilities
  • EPSY 6141 Communication and Social Networks for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EPSY 6143 Positive Behavioral Support

For More Information

Email Dr. Linda Smetana

*This Program is currently not accepting applications.

Program Overview

Prepare Education Specialists with the knowledge and skills to deliver services in the areas of Early Intervention (birth-two) and ECSE (three-five). Provide opportunities for candidates to link theory to practice through supervised fieldwork in the areas of Early Intervention and ECSE across models of service delivery. Ten hours of supervised fieldwork required for each course.

  • Four course program
  • Sixteen quarter units at the 6000 level
  • Completed in two quarters of study
  • Hybrid format incorporating three or four Saturday face-to-face meetings and online instruction
  • Thirteen units of coursework may be transferred to Master’s Degree Program in Special Education: Option in Mild Moderate Disabilities

Program Objectives

The ECSE Added Authorization enables individuals holding preliminary, Level I, professional clear, clear, Level II, or life special education teaching credential to provide special education services in the area of mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities for students ages birth to pre-K. Individuals may work as Early Intervention Specialists providing services to young children birth - two and their families. Other individuals may work in preschool, center or clinic settings as teachers or service providers for children 3-5.

Admission Requirements

Please note that at the current time, we are not accepting applicants into this program.

Applicants must currently hold a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild to Moderate or Moderate to Severe Disabilities; or the applicant must be eligible for one at the time she/he is recommended for the ECSEAA. Other admission requirements exist, and will be posted when the program is accepting applicants.

Program Requirements

To earn the ECSEAA, candidates must complete:

  1. All required field experience, including (a) course-based experiences and (b) supervised clinical practice.
  2. The following courses:
  • EPSY 6550 Young Children with Special Needs
  • EPSY 6551 Family Systems and Cultural Competence
  • EPSY 6552 Assessment and Intervention Planning for Young Children with Special Needs
  • EPSY 6553 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education

For More Information email Dr. Linda Smetana