Education Specialist Credential - Application Process
In order to be admitted to one of the SFSU Preliminary Education Specialist or Professional Clear Credential programs, candidates are evaluated
by the university and by faculty members within the Department of Special
Applicants for University-recommended Education Specialist Credentials
must meet all state and University requirements as following:
* Note: All credential applicants must apply to both a credential and master's degree. the only exception made is for credential applicants who previously have earned a master's degree in Special Education.
Choose one of the following options to fulfill this requirement:
A. CBEST (California Basic Skills Examination) Submit a photocopy of the results. Register on-line: www.cbest.nesinc.com
B. Out-of-State Basic Skills Exam. Submit a photocopy of the results. Not all states’ Basic Skills Exams have been approved by the CTC. Contact the Teacher Preparation Center to find out if the test you took is approved. For more information on specific tests, contact the appropriate Department of Education for the state in which you want to take the test.
C. CSET: Multiple Subjects + Writing Skills. All three sections of the Multiple Subject CSET exam must be passed as well as the CSET Writing Skills test. Submit a photocopy of the results. Register on-line: www.cset.nesinc.com<http://www.cset.nesinc.com>. Not recommended for those taking the Single Subject CSET exams.
D. CSU EAP Placement Tests (Early Assessment Program). These are usually taken in the spring of your 11th grade year. Results must state College Ready OR Exempt. This test is given to California high school students only. Submit a photocopy of the results.
E. CSU ELM/EPT (Entry Level Math/English Placement Test). These tests are taken by incoming CSU freshmen. ELM passing results: 50 (550 prior to March 2003) EPT passing results – 151. Submit a photocopy of the results or a printout from MySFSU or similar CSU student system. Results must show a score.
Matter Competency: (Early Childhood and Orientation and Mobility
are exempt from this requirement). The California Commission on Teacher
Credentialing requires that Education Specialist candidates prove they
possess a body of appropriate knowledge that reflects the California State
Standards. There are two ways candidates can prove their competency: 1)
Take the appropriate state test, or 2) Complete appropriate subject matter
coursework. Please contact the Credential Services Teacher Preparation
Center for further clarity, (415) 405-3594, or go to the CSET website
Certificate of Clearance (COC): Fingerprint Clearance via Live Scan and Commission on Teacher Credentialing online application.
In accordance with California state law and Education code, all teaching credential applicants must go through a background check. All applicants must apply for a Certificate of Clearance with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) OR submit proof of prior completion of the clearance. Acceptable documentation in lieu of a Certificate of Clearance: valid credentials or permits issued by the CTC, including substitute, pre-intern, clear or preliminary, or Child Development permits. District or other job related clearance is not acceptable. Submit a photocopy of the document or a printout from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.
Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit a minimum of
two letters of recommendation (not required for Level II / Clear Credential candidates). Letters should come from a source familiar
with the applicants teaching or overall potential and ability as
a prospective teacher. Letters should be typed on professional letterhead
with original signatures. Letters from relatives are not acceptable.
Original Transcripts: Applicants must submit 2 sets of original
transcripts from all universities attended (1 to the department, 1 to
The minimum GPA accepted for all Special Education applicants is 3.0 overall in all baccalaureate coursework.
Early Field Experience: Candidates shall have demonstrated suitable
aptitude for teaching in public schools by demonstrating they have fulfilled
a minimum requirement of 45 hours of early field experience prior to applying
to an Education Specialist Credential. The early field experience must
represent your emphasis choice and be in the kind of environment that
matches the credential you are seeking.
of Purpose: Applicants must submit a typed essay in which the candidate
outlines reasons for wanting to enter the selected program area. Include
descriptions of experiences that led you to consider the area of study
as well as short term and long term goals relative to service to the profession
in the years ahead.
Program faculty will review applications
for consideration for program acceptance in meeting the above criteria. Admission to the Preliminary Education Specialist credential program is based upon information from the sources listed above as judged
by the faculty of the Department of Special Education.
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