Education: Specialist Cred (EDSP)

EDSP 204   Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations   2 Units

This course will present the historical and philosophical foundations of teaching in California schools through broad examination of the California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE's). Through course activities, students will develop awareness of the TPE's. Students are required to participate in 15-20 hours of fieldwork observation (MS/SS Credential 15 hours - EDSP 20 hours). Through these obervations, students will recognize the range of service delivery options for diverse population of pupils. All fieldwork assignments are university assigned. Students are required to complete the observations during K-12 public school hours. Students must arrange their own transportation to the school site. Minimum grade of B- is required for those applying to the School of Education. Prerequisites: Certificate of clearance; current TB (tuberculosis) test.

EDSP 500   Early Childhood Fieldwork Seminar   3 Units

EDSP 501   Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms   3 Units

Students will learn a variety of approaches to planning, managing, delivering, and assessing instruction in inclusive classrooms in this course as they examine both formal and informal assessments of students including curriculum-based assessment. Students will learn and apply principles and strategies of differentiated instruction to assessment and instructional planning for diverse students. Prerequisites: EDSP 201 and 302 or concurrent enrollment.

EDSP 502   Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments   3 Units

This course will examine classroom management strategies for the inclusive classroom including development of the Individual Educational Program (IEP)/Individualized Family Service Plan (IFST) processes, legal requirements, and responsibilities along with the effects of a pupil's health and safety have on learning. Students will learn skills for communicating, collaborating, and working with families, supporting professionals, and school personnel. Prerequisites: EDSP 202, 301, and 504 or concurrent enrollment.

EDSP 525   Advanced Curriculum Methods for Special Populations   3 Units

Students will learn to teach mathematics, problem solving, and reasoning skills to students with high-incidence disabilities PK-12. This course will focus on California Academic Mathematics Standards, research-based instruction, high-stakes assessment, functional mathematics, and problem solving with an emphasis on the effects of disabilities on mathematics achievement as well as examine other content areas and curriculum integration. Prerequisites: EDSP 501, 551, and concurrent enrollment in EDSP 580.

EDSP 526   Case Management, Assessment and Collaboration   3 Units

Students will focus on the multiple facets of the K-12 Educational Specialist's role in terms of caseload management; assessment; Individual Educational Program (IEP); Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) and transition plan development; collaboration and consultation with families, teachers, administrators, allied professionals, and supervising support personnel.

EDSP 548   Early Childhood Development and Curriculum Planning   3 Units

EDSP 551   Language and Culture   3 Units

This course will address the impact of culture, language, socio-economic status, religion, gender, and disability on education of elementary and secondary students. Students will examine theories of first and second language acquisition, learn effective strategies for teaching English learners, and examine their professional and legal responsibilities as teachers in California schools. Prerequisites: EDSP 202, 301, and 501 or concurrent enrollment.

EDSP 560   Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms   4 Units

This course will focus on preparing the education specialist to teach reading and language arts to learners with mild to moderate disabilities as it follows the guidelines set forth by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) in 2008, the California Reading/Language Arts Frameworks and Standards, and the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Content Specifications.

EDSP 568   Observation and Assessment of the Young Child   3 Units

EDSP 580   TPA Practicum: Student Teaching I Elementary   1 Unit

This course will consists of forty (40) hours of field experience and class seminars to prepare students to teach mild to moderate special populations. Students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery and how to meet the needs of diverse learners while giving students the opportunity to fulfill their field experience and assignments related to EDSP 525, 526, and 560. Through the activities of this course, students will complete the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) Tasks 1 and 2. TPA Fee: $275. Prerequisites: EDSP 501, 551, and concurrent enrollment in 525 and 526.

EDSP 584   Student Teaching: Special Education   6-12 Units

Students will participate in a semester of supervised student teaching leading to full responsibility for the provision of services for the mild to moderate educational specialist credential in diverse settings that represent the broad range of placements for serving pupils with mild to moderate disabilities. Students will complete their cumulative professional portfolio during this semester. Student Teaching Fee: $200. Prerequisites: completion of all credential coursework; full passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or successful completion of a state-approved Single Subject Matter Preparation Program; and submission of all student teaching application forms prior to set deadlines.

EDSP 592   Assessment of Induction and Professional Development, Part I   3 Units

This 16 week seminar foundational course is designed to meet the California Teacher Commission Standards for Participating Teachers to attain a Clear Multiple Subject/Single Subject or EDSP Credential. Participating Teachers must be accepted into the Concordia University MS/SS or EDSP Induction Clear Program before enrolling in this course. This course provides PTs with a contextually based formative assessment process to develop their individualized Induction Plan and measure their extended development of inquiry and reflective practice progress in advanced demonstration of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. EDSP 592 will always span the 16 week Fall Semester. This course may be used as CUI graduate elective units, if enrollee earns a B or better in the course.

EDSP 593   Assessment of Induction and Professional Development, Part II   3 Units

This 16 week seminar foundational course is designed to meet the California Teacher Commission Standards for Participating Teachers to attain a Clear Multiple Subject/Single Subject or EDSP Credential. Participating Teachers must be accepted into the Concordia University MS/SS or EDSP Induction Clear Program before enrolling in this course. This course provides PTs with a contextually based formative assessment process to develop their Individualized Induction Plan and measure their extended development of inquiry and reflective practice progress in advanced demonstration of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. EDSP 593 will always span the 16 week Spring Semester. This course may be used as CUI graduate elective units, if enrollee earns a B or better in the course.