Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

Already Have a Multiple or Single Subjects Credential? Want to earn a Preliminary Education Specialist credential?

With just 3 quarters of coursework (including Clinical Practice), candidates may add on a Preliminary Education Specialist (ES) credential to a Preliminary or Clear Multiple (MS) or Single Subjects (SS) credential. The Preliminary ES Credential authorizes the holder to teach in K-12 classroom settings appropriate to the credential (including programs for students up to the age of 22 years). The Preliminary ES Credential is good for 5 years and must be followed by completion of a Clear ES Credential program prior to the expiration date of the Preliminary. Universities and districts which offer the Clear ES Credential can be found on the CTC website.

Candidates who already have a MS or SS Credential need to be admitted to the University (using the CSU online application at https://www.calstate.edu/apply) and to the Credential Program (using the Special Education Credential Application Packet – SECAP (PDF)). Once admitted, candidates may proceed through the course requirements for either the Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential and/or the Preliminary Moderate/Severe Credential. Each credential requires one quarter of full-time Clinical Practice (through either student teaching or Internship) in a classroom appropriate to the credential being earned. Clinical Practice (CP) requires submission of a separate application prior to the established deadlines for each quarter.

You can view detailed information about our programs on our website. You can also add a Master of Arts degree to your credential – see the M.A. website for more information.

Pathways

Traditional program

This is a traditional pathway for candidates who need to maintain personal schedules during the day with the option to take classes in the late afternoon. Candidates complete required coursework prior to Clinical Practice (student teaching). Cal Poly Pomona places student teachers in public school classrooms, with the guidance and support of the classroom Cooperating Teacher and a University Supervisor.

Intern Program Option

The Intern Program is an alternative credential pathway that allows candidates to work in public K-12 schools (including programs for students up to the age of 22) as the teacher-of-record while they complete required coursework to obtain their credential. Further information is provided at the Intern Program website or contact the Credential Services Office.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application or program planning, contact Ms. Geri Hunt (gabowser@cpp.edu), Credential Analyst, in the Credential Services Office (Bldg. 6, Room 208).

Basic Steps to Add a Preliminary ES Credential to a MS or SS Credential

  1. University admission (www.calstate.edu/apply)
  2. Attend Education Specialist Orientation session (click here for calendar).
  3. Program admission – complete the SECAP application prior to or concurrent with the first quarter of enrollment. Meet with your advisor to complete a Program Plan.
  4. Complete required coursework
  5. Apply for Clinical Practice (CP)
  6. Complete Clinical Practice - One (1) quarter of full-time student teaching in a classroom appropriate to the credential being earned. Interns must be enrolled in CP for each quarter in which they take courses toward the ES Credential.
  7. Prior to filing for the Preliminary ES Credential, candidates must also:
    1. Have a valid/current Infant, Child, Adult CPR certification
    2. Complete the CSU Exit Survey

Education Specialist Program Advisors

Student Last Names Beginning with:

Faculty Advisor

Phone

Email

Office

A - G

Dr. Barbara Bromley

909-869-2326

bbromley@cpp.edu

94-268

H - O

Dr. Joanne van Boxtel

909-979-5576

jmvanboxtel@cpp.edu

94-271

P - Z

Dr. Heather Wizikowski

909-869-4595

hewizikowski@cpp.edu

94-270

Master’s Advisor

Dr. Heather Wizikowski

909-869-4595

hewizikowski@cpp.edu

94-270

Required Coursework

Preliminary Mild/Moderate CredentialPreliminary Moderate/Severe Credential
EDS 502 – Assessment in Special Education EDS 502 – Assessment in Special Education
EDS 504 – Positive Classroom & Behavior Management EDS 504 – Positive Classroom & Behavior Management
EDS 507 – Research & Legal Foundations in Special Education EDS 507 – Research & Legal Foundations in Special Education
EDS 512 – Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties EDS 512 – Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties
EDS 520 – Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities EDS 520 – Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities
EDS 526 – Home/School/Community Collaboration in Special Educ. EDS 526 – Home/School/Community Collaboration in Special Educ.
EDS 550 or EDS 554 – Clinical Practice I for Mild/Moderate EDS 505 – Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  EDS 560 or EDS 654 – Clinical Practice I for Moderate/Severe

Road Maps -- What to Take and When to Take It

The Road Maps (PDF) assume a candidate plans to finish the program within one year. However, you may take as many or as few courses as you wish each quarter. All courses are not offered every quarter; see the Year-Round Schedule (PDF) for details.

Courses fill quickly – try to register as soon as you can. Remember, you must submit a separate Clinical Practice application by the stated deadline in order to be admitted to Clinical Practice. Plan ahead – Clinical Practice applications are due 1-2 quarters in advance!

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application or program planning, contact Ms. Geri Hunt (gabowser@cpp.edu) , Credential Analyst, in the Credential Services Office (Bldg. 6, Room 208).