Education: Specialist Credential (EDSP)

EDSP 203   Education Specialist Seminar   1,2 Unit

This is a pre-requisite seminar course for those transferring previously completed credential courses into the CUI EDSP Mild/Moderate Preliminary Credential Program.

EDSP 204   Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations   2 Units

This course will present the historical and philosophical foundations of teaching in California schools through the broad examination of the California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). Through course activities students will develop awareness of the TPEs. Students are required to participate in 20 hours of fieldwork observation. Through these observations students will recognize the range of service delivery options for diverse populations 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 students applying to the School of Education. Prerequisites: Certificate of clearance; current TB (tuberculosis) test.

EDSP 204A   Practicum: Field Experience I   1 Unit

This course is for those who have met the requirements of EDUC 204/EDSP 204: Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations, but need to complete an additional 20 hours of field work and field work assignments in a different educational setting to meet credential requirements. This would apply to students who are taking courses in two credential programs or who are adding a credential.

EDSP 301   Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners   3 Units

This course will present the major concepts, principles, theories, research, and applications related to the typical and atypical cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and moral development of children and adolescent pupils in inclusive classrooms. Students will learn the major concepts, principles, and research associated with human learning, achievement, motivation, conduct, and attitude as they examine the characteristics of exceptional persons with mild to moderate disabilities.

EDSP 401   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 as they examine both formal and informal pupil assessment, including curriculum-based assessment in this course. Students will learn and apply principles and strategies of differentiated instruction to assessment and instructional planning for diverse pupils. Corequisite: EDSP 451. Prerequisite: Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program.

EDSP 402   Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments   3 Units

This course will examine strategies for the inclusive classroom and the development of individual behavior management plans through an examination of the Individual Educational Program/Individualized Family Service Plan (IEP/IFSP) processes, legal requirements, and responsibilities, along with the effects of pupil health and safety on learning. Students will learn skills for communicating, collaborating, and working with families, and supporting professionals and school personnel. Prerequisites: Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program; EDSP 401 (concurrent enrollment).

EDSP 425   Advanced Curriculum Methods for Special Populations   3 Units

In this course students will examine informal, formal, and standardized assessments appropriate for pupils with mild to moderate disabilities as they learn to interpret assessment data, write assessment reports, and use the data to determine eligibility, monitoring of progress, and designing individual pupil instructional plans. Students will also plan and deliver focused instruction in mathematics, writing conventions, speaking, and listening. Up to ten (10) hours of fieldwork in a university-assigned placement is required. Corequisites: EDSP 426, EDSP 460, EDSP 480. Prerequisites: Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program; EDSP 401, EDSP 402, EDSP 451; CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) verification.

EDSP 426   Case Management, Assessment and Collaboration   3 Units

Students will learn how to manage and implement all elements of the IEP/ITP (Individual Educational Program/Individualized Family Service Plan) processes, including implementation of all legal requirements in this course. Strategies for developing effective communication, collaboration, and consultation skills with teachers, school personnel, parents, and community agencies will be presented. Corequisites: EDSP 425, EDSP 460, EDSP 480. Prerequisites: Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program; EDSP 401, EDSP 402, EDSP 451; CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) verification.

EDSP 451   Language and Culture   3 Units

This course will address the impact of culture, language, socio-economic status, religion, and gender on the education of elementary and secondary pupils as students examine theories of first and second language acquisition and effective strategies for teaching English learners. Students will apply these strategies to course activities and assignments. Corequisite: EDSP 401. Prerequisites: Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program.

EDSP 460   Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms   4 Units

As it follows the guidelines set forth by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) in 2008, the California Common Core State Standards, and the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Content Specifications, this course will focus on preparing students to instruct reading and language arts in diverse classrooms. Corequisites: EDSP 425, EDSP 426, EDSP 480. Prerequisites: Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program; EDSP 401, EDSP 402, EDSP 451; CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) verification.

EDSP 480   Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience   1 Unit

Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum is a seminar course with 40 hours of field experience. Through field work, reflective practice and weekly seminars, candidates develop an understanding of the California TPA. Candidates will develop a deeper understanding of the "Plan, Teach & Assess, Reflect, Apply" teaching cycle and how to meet the needs of diverse learners. The field experience hours provide an opportunity to develop teaching skills in a classroom setting. This course is comprised of several components: weekly seminars, field experience, and self-evaluation of the California Teaching Performance Expectations. Students must arrange their own transportation to the university assigned school site. Minimum grade of B- required. TPA Program and Field Experience Fee: $275. Corequisites: EDSP 425, EDSP 426, EDSP 460. Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program; current certificate of clearance; EDSP 401, EDSP 402, EDSP 451; CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) verification; current TB (tuberculosis) test.

EDSP 480A   Practicum: Field Experience II   1 Unit

This course is for those who have met the requirements for EDUC 480/EDUC 580/EDSP 480/EDSP 580: TPA Practicum: Field Experience, but need an additional 20-40 hours of field work and field work assignments in a different educational setting to meet credential requirements. This would apply to students who are taking courses in two credential programs or who are adding a credential.

EDSP 484   Student Teaching: Special Education   6,12 Units

Student teaching is a full semester, all day experience at a qualified school site under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor as students practice strategies and classroom management at grade levels and in subject areas that represent the student teacher’s career choice. Student Teaching Fee: $200. Prerequisites: Completion of all program courses; student teaching clearance; passing scores on the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) examination; current certificate of clearance; current TB (tuberculosis) test.