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Special Education Specialist Credential Programs. Orientation Spring 2011 Monday, January 24th 10:30 am. Welcome!. Dr. Melinda Pierson, Chair Department of Special Education Dr. Claire Cavallaro, Dean College of Education Dr. Karen Ivers, Associate Dean College of Education

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special education specialist credential programs

Special Education Specialist Credential Programs

Orientation Spring 2011

Monday, January 24th 10:30 am

  • Dr. Melinda Pierson, Chair Department of Special Education
  • Dr. Claire Cavallaro, Dean College of Education
  • Dr. Karen Ivers, Associate Dean College of Education
  • Aimee Nelson, Assistant Dean College of Education
student resources
Student Resources

Aimee Nelson,

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

  • Introduce the Program Coordinators
  • Learn how to submit a Course Equivalency Petition
  • Review Program Requirements
  • Be aware of your Credential Program Plan
  • Learn how to submit your Student Fieldwork Profile
  • Note Spring 2011 Registration dates
  • Understand Intern Program features and requirements
  • Review Credential Program policies


coordinators and advisors
Coordinators and Advisors

Admissions Coordinator:

Dr. Judy Smith [email protected]

On Track Scholars Program Coordinator:

Dr. Belinda Karge

[email protected]


program coordinators
Program Coordinators

Mild/Moderate Coordinator:

Dr. Barbara [email protected]

  • Moderate/Severe Coordinator:

Dr. Suzanne Robinson [email protected]

Early Childhood Special Education and I:DREEAM Coordinator:

Dr. Janice Myck-Wayne [email protected]

council for exceptional children student chapter
Council for Exceptional Children Student Chapter

Dr. Debra Cote, Faculty Advisor

[email protected]

-Reduced membership price

-Access to strong educational journals, conferences, and information

the credential program file
The Credential Program File
  • Starts as an application to the Education Specialist Credential Program
  • Becomes the Credential Program candidate file as the candidates moves through Preliminary, Clear, and even MSE program completion!
  • Used by Credential Program Center in making credential recommendations.
    • Candidates should make copies before they submit materials!
    • We do not provide copies from files.


are we missing critical documents or information
Are We Missing Critical Documents or Information?
  • You will not be able to start Semester One unless
    • Your file is complete with all required paperwork
    • You have completed your Certificate of Clearance
    • You have submitted your Student Fieldwork Profile
    • You have completed all prerequisite coursework
    • You have passed all required tests


residency requirement
Residency Requirement
  • 75% of all prerequisite and credential coursework must be completed at Cal State University Fullerton.
  • Equivalency petitions should be filed at the admissions stage. Once admitted, candidates are expected to complete all remaining coursework at Cal State Fullerton.
    • Typically, equivalency will be granted only for prerequisite courses
    • The SPED Equivalency Petition may be found at http://ed.fullerton.edu/sped/coursequivpet.htm
    • Equivalency Petitions are submitted to the Chair of Special Education. Only the Chair of Special Education may approve equivalency petitions.


student fieldwork profile
Student Fieldwork Profile
  • This document is your ticket to student teaching!
  • Submit by the due date!

Click on the image to go to the Website.


program plans
Program Plans
  • Identify coursework for:
    • Prerequisite courses
    • All semesters of the program
    • Preliminary and Intern coursework
  • Are found on the SPED Website at Credential Program Plans

There are no exceptions to following your program plan!


education specialist credential program
Education Specialist Credential Program
  • Prerequisites
    • SPED 322, 371, 425
  • Intern Preservice Classes (only for those who have a contracted teaching position)
    • SPED 400/463/464, 421
spring 2011 registration
Spring 2011 Registration

Registration Tips

  • Students must have completed all required courses to advance to next level/semester of coursework
  • Students will not be allowed to enroll in classes if they have not met prerequisites
  • Permits will require documentation of having met prerequisites

Click on the image to go to the Website.


fall registration dates
Fall Registration Dates
  • Last day to register without $25 fee – January 21
  • Last day to withdraw for a serious and compelling reason – April 22
  • Registration helpline
    • 657-278-7601
purpose of intern program
Purpose of Intern Program
  • To allow teachers in high-need subject areas to begin teaching
    • Right away
    • While earning a credential
    • With extensive support


intern support faculty and staff

Intern Support Faculty and Staff

Intern Program Director

Dr. Melinda Pierson, [email protected]

Intern Program Coordinators

Dr. Barbara Glaeser, Mild/Moderate

Dr. Suzanne Robinson, Moderate/Severe

Dr. Janice Myck-Wayne, Early Childhood

Dr. Suzanne Robinson, Fieldwork

Intern Support Staff

Ms. Luz Zapata: [email protected]


intern supports
Intern Supports
  • In-class visits and support
  • Paid release days
  • Professional development meetings
  • Support materials


intern program requirements
For a candidate to be eligible for an internship, all requirements on the Intern Readiness Form must be fully completed.

Signatures are required from:

Admissions Assistant

Program Coordinator

Intern Director

You must also have a job offer (with start date) from a district with which we have a MOU.

Intern Program Requirements

Click on the image to see the complete form.


i dreeam


Inclusion: Developmentally Responsive to Educational Experiences that are Accessible

JUNE 15 Application Deadline for Fall 2011-2012


[email protected]

what is i dreeam
  • Federally funded grant that provides:
    • Financial support (up to $9000 over 3 semesters)
    • Mentorship to students completing their preliminary credential in ECSE
  • The program supports:
    • Tuition
    • Books
    • Membership dues
    • Seminars
    • Professional Development Activities
    • Mentorship
    • Cohort Training Experience
  • Passed CBEST
  • Newly-admitted to CSUF’s ECSE Credential Program
  • GPA 2.89 or higher/Maintain 3.0 in program
  • Full-time student/Part-time (9 units)
  • Monthly seminars
  • Fulfill federal requirements
    • Citizen/national of the US or a legal permanent resident in US or any of the US territories
    • Commitment and obligations to Federal Office of Education
    • Service Obligation Requirement
to know more

Project Director

Janice Myck-Wayne, Ed.D

[email protected] Phone 657.278.4706

Administrative Assistant

Luz Zapata

[email protected]

Phone 657.278.7437


I:DREEAM Faculty

Suzanne Robinson, Ph.D., BCBA

[email protected]

Kristin Stang, Ph.D.

[email protected]

Rosario Ordoñez-Jasis, Ph.D.

[email protected]

master s degree
Master’s Degree
  • Dr. Woo Jung, Graduate Advisor ([email protected])
    • Admissions Information
      • Three letters of recommendation (three letters from teaching faculty - confidential) (SPED)
      • Written and oral interviews (SPED)
      • Application form (SPED)
      • Official Transcript (SPED)
      • Change of objective (admissions & records)
master s degree1
Master’s Degree
  • Coursework Requirements
    • SPED 501 (prereq): offered summer and intersession after you’re admitted
    • Study Plan
    • Only 9 units postbacc. classes (500 level) are counted
in order to continue to participate in the credential program you must
CPC Policy 1In order to continue to participate in the Credential Program, you must:
  • Behave in an honest and forthright manner.
  • Follow standard scholarly practice in giving credit to sources used in assignments.
  • Follow directions of University instructors, supervisors, and Master Teachers/Mentors.
  • Behave in a manner expected of professional educators.
  • Cooperate and collaborate with fellow candidates on projects and assignments.
  • Maintain successful academic progress by passing all classes and maintaining at least a 2.75 grade point average.
    • No classes for which grades of D or F were assigned will be used to meet credential requirements.
    • In credit/no credit classes "B" level work is required to receive credit.
  • Maintain the standards of the Special Education Credential Program.


credential candidates will be considered for removal from the program if they
CPC Policy 1 (continued)Credential candidates will be considered for removal from the program if they:
  • Exhibit academic dishonesty as defined by the University Catalog.
  • Exhibit inappropriate student conduct as defined by the University Catalog.
  • Exhibit unacceptable academic, field, pedagogical, and/or clinical performance behaviors.
  • Fail to meet the standards set by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Fail to behave according to the standards of the profession, public schools, university, department and/or program.
  • Fail to demonstrate credentialing competencies.


state federal legislation affecting credentialing
State/Federal Legislation Affecting Credentialing
  • Your credential will state: English Learners Authorization. Content is embedded throughout the program with specific courses (425 and 551).
  • All credentials now include the authorization to teach students with autism. SPED 401 addresses this area.


apa style

APA Style

Purchase the APA manual!

Visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu for assistance.

academic attire
Academic Attire
  • When on school sites and at the district offices, student teachers should be attired in academic dress.
      • This includes nice pants and shirt with collar (tie optional) for men and a nice pants outfit or dress for women.
      • Skirts should be a reasonable length and clothing should not be revealing.
  • When on playing fields, student teachers should be attired in appropriate dress for the sport or physical education activity in which they are engaged.
      • This includes coaching shorts or sweats and a T-shirt, polo shirt, or sweatshirt with the school name and/or logo. Appropriate footwear should also be worn.
  • Individuals who do not meet this requirement may be requested to leave the school site to change their clothing. Repeated offenses may result in termination of the field observation/student teaching assignment.
job notebook
Job Notebook
  • If you are in need of a job, please visit CP 570 where we have a notebook of job possibilities
  • This includes tutoring opportunities and other part-time jobs working with children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities
credential ceremony
Credential Ceremony
  • May 20, 2011
  • No gowns required – “Back to School Night” Attire
  • No tickets necessary – all invited!
  • Invitations will be sent, but check the College of Education website for information
your to do list
Your “To Do” List
  • Review this presentation – it is posted on the SPED Website.
  • Place important dates on your calendar.
  • Make sure your credential file has all the information and documents you need!
  • If you will be student teaching this fall, complete and submit the Student Fieldwork Profile.
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework.
  • Pass the necessary examinations (CBEST and CSET)
  • Review and follow your Program Plan


program area meetings
Program Area Meetings
  • Mild/Moderate – Dr. Glaeser - TSU-Pavilion C
  • Moderate/Severe – Dr. Robinson - Gilman A/B
  • Early Childhood - Dr. Myck-Wayne – Ontiveros C
  • Pre-Admits – Dr. Smith – Hetebrink A/B