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The Education Specialist Programs at Mount St. Mary's College have been designed to provide you with many professional options. The core of your program will be the Education Specialist Credential Program. The Preliminary Program includes general and special education courses and field experiences. Upon completion of the Preliminary program, you will obtain an education specialist teaching position (if you don’t already have one) and begin a Clear Program. The Clear Education Specialist Program will support your continued professional development through an assigned support provider, advanced course work and professional development options. Since the Clear Education Specialist Program includes a required elective, many students take this opportunity to complete a masters degree.
Launched in Fall 2012, an enhanced, streamlined credential/masters program focuses on preparing the general education teacher to respond to the needs of all learners through an innovative program that infuses CCTC education specialist standards into the general education curriculum. This program offers advanced training that supports your ability to effectively teach students with special needs and develop a leadership role at your school site for all struggling learners.
The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential. Please contact the Director of the Education Specialist Program, Dr. Diana Taylor, for additional information at 213-477-2627.
General Education Course Requirements
The general education requirements will all apply toward a general education credential, EL authorization, and/or the Education Specialist Credential.
EDU 207 (1.5) Teaching English Learners
EDU 208A (1.5) Introduction to Exceptional Learners
EDU 208B (1.5) Responsive Teaching for All Learners
EDU 251 (3) Child and Adolescent Development and Learning Across Cultures
EDU 252 (1.5) Diversity and Schools
EDU 250 (3) Elementary Instruction*
EDU 254 (3) Math and Science: Elementary Curriculum
EDU 256 (3) Language and Literacy: Elementary Curriculum
EDU 271 (3) Assessment of Students with Special Needs
EDU 272 (3) Positive Behavior Supports for Students and Special Needs
EDU 278 (3) Program Leadership for Education Specialists
EDU 279 (3) Supporting Students with Neurological Disorders
EDU 378 (8) Supervised Teaching
EDU 210 (3) Supervised Teaching Seminar
Additional Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Conjunction with the Education Specialist Teaching Preparation Program (5 units)
EDU 200A (2) Research Methods for Practitioners
EDU 296C (1) Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar I
EDU 296D (2) Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar II
Supervised Teaching Requirements (11 units)
For these experiences, you will be placed in a Teacher Center classroom with a carefully selected master teacher. If you are teaching, you will complete some of these requirements in your own classroom as an Intern. Teachers with a general education credential may provide evidence to possibly waive six units of supervised teaching. In the accompanying seminar you will compile your Professional Educator Teaching Portfolio. If you do not already have a job, this impressive document will convince any principal of your competence as a special educator.
If adding an Elementary Credential to the Ed. Specialist Credential, additional required courses include:
EDU 206 (2) School and Society
EDU 209A (.5) TPA lab I
EDU 209B (.5) TPA lab II
EDU 255 (3) Social Studies and the Arts: Elementary Curriculum
*EDU 250 already taken within the Ed. Specialist coursework described above.
If adding the Secondary Credential to the Ed. Specialist Credential, additional required courses include:
EDU 206 (2) School and Society
EDU 209A (.5) TPA lab I
EDU 209B (.5) TPA lab II
EDU 267 (4) Sec Curriculum & Content Area Modules
EDU 268 (4) Content-Based Reading Instruction and Content Area Modules
General Education Course Requirements (9-10 units)
For the general education requirements, you will select an elementary or secondary emphasis. These courses will all apply toward a general education credential and CLAD certificate.
EDU 253 Linguistics Applied to Diverse Student Populations (3)
EDU 250 Elementary Instruction: Theory & Practice (3) or
EDU 266 Secondary Instruction: Theory & Practice (4)
EDU 256 Language & Literacy: Elementary Curriculum (3)
EDU 316L Intensive Fieldwork: Elementary (0) or
EDU 364L Intensive Fieldwork: Secondary (0)
Special Education Course Requirements (15 units)
EDU 270B Special Populations: Supporting Educational Access and Equity (3)
EDU 271 Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
EDU 272 Classroom Management for Students with Learning & Behavior Problems (3)
EDU 275 Language Arts Instruction for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDU 276 Content Area Instruction for Students with Special Needs (3)
Supervised Teaching Requirements (8-14 units)
For these experiences, you will be placed in a Teacher Center classroom with a carefully selected master teacher. If you are teaching, you may complete some of these requirements in your own classroom. Teachers with a regular education credential may waive six units of supervised teaching. In the accompanying seminar you will compile your Professional Educator Teaching Portfolio. If you don’t already have a job, this impressive document will convince any principal of your competence as a special educator.
EDU 378 Supervised Teaching: Mild/Moderate Disabilities (6-12)
EDU 323 Supervised Teaching Seminar (2)
You can be confident that your MSMC program will benefit you and your future students. Mount St. Mary's College is proud to be part of a culture of assessment. As part of our Mount family, we will ensure that you achieve the skills necessary to successfully enter the education profession. You will be joining a team that has an outstanding record of candidate success. You will be guided every step of the way and enjoy personal advisement and attention. In addition to the assessment process we use to support our accreditation with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), we also developed goals and outcomes specific to our masters degree:
GOAL #1 – A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate competence in techniques, concepts, and knowledge specific to each area of study.
Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities masters candidates will demonstrate knowledge of techniques and concepts specific to their area of study.
GOAL #2 – A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information effectively.
Education Specialist Mild/Moderate masters candidates will demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate educational research and professional education literature.
GOAL #3 – A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate research skills and methods through the ability to gather, document, investigate, analyze, interpret and evaluate information.
Education Specialist Mild/Moderate masters candidates will design and implement sound teacher inquiry activities that demonstrate competent research skills and methods that give evidence of gathering, documenting, investigating, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating information.
GOAL #4 – A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will disseminate and communicate information effectively in verbal and written form.
GOAL #5 – A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will understand individual differences and demonstrate the skills to address the moral and ethical challenges within the profession or field.