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Education Specialist

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 educational 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.

Important Deadlines

Summer 2020

Department Applications

(Traditional & Alternate Intern Route)

Applications open: November 26, 2019

Applications close: April 22, 2020

Document deadline: May 8, 2020

University Application

(Cal State Apply)

Applications open: February 1, 2020

Applications close: April 22, 2020

Document deadline: May 8, 2020

Fall 2020

Department Applications

(Traditional & Alternate Intern Route)

Applications open: November 26, 2019

Applications close: June 1, 2020

Document deadline: June 15, 2020

University Application

(Cal State Apply)

Applications open: October 1, 2019

Applications close: June 1, 2020

Document deadline: July 1, 2020

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