Consistent with the University’s mission, the Education Specialist (ES) Credential programs at Cal Poly Pomona reflect a focus on linking theory to practice, leadership, and preparing credential candidates for educational careers in a changing multicultural world. Our programs are designed in accordance with the Education Specialist Teaching and Other Related Services Credential Program Standards as adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), December 2008-January 2010. The Education Specialist program consists of preliminary and advanced credentials and a Master’s degree. Additional information appears in the Special Education Handbook.
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Please read the information on this webpage as it describes key elements of our program. All students wishing to enter the ES credential programs are required to attend one of the monthly Orientation Sessions – click here for the Orientation schedule.
The University Catalog contains complete information on course descriptions, required prerequisites and essential information about registration procedures, fees and policies. Email is the official method used by the Department and the University to communicate with students. Check your Cal Poly Pomona email often.
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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. Evening courses are held at Cal Poly Pomona with fieldwork requirements during the day. Candidates complete required coursework prior to Clinical Practice (student teaching). Cal Poly places student teachers in public school classrooms, with the guidance and support of the classroom Cooperating Teacher and a University Supervisor.
The Intern Program is an alternative credential pathway that allows candidates to work in public K-12 schools as the teacher-of-record while they complete required coursework to obtain their credential. Complete information is provided at the Internship Orientation.
Teachers who already hold a Multiple or Single Subject credential may earn the Ed Specialist Credential with a minimum amount of additional coursework and clinical practice.
This credential authorizes the holder to teach in grades K-12 (and up to the age of 22). It includes students with autism, learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, and emotional/behavior disorders. This credential also authorizes the holder to provide instruction for English language development and specially designed academic instruction in English (grades 12 and below and in classes organized for adults).
Already have a Credential and adding ES Mild/Moderate – Course Requirements
This credential authorizes the holder to teach in grades K-12 (and up to the age of 22). It includes students with autism, moderate/severe/profound intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and serious emotional/behavior disorders. This credential also authorizes the holder to provide instruction for English language development and specially designed academic instruction in English (grades 12 and below and in classes organized for adults).
Already have a Credential and want to add ES Moderate/Severe – Course Requirements
Cal Poly’s online certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is open to teachers, parents, and others. The CTC-approved Added Authorization (for those who are eligible) is also available.
The M.A. in Education (with an emphasis in Special Education) offers advanced preparation in the areas of mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities. Required and elective courses are closely related to course requirements in the Preliminary ES Credential.
This program is designed for holders of the Level I Credential (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe) and includes advanced coursework and Induction Plans. The Level II credential is being phased out; last quarter for admission is Fall, 2014. All candidates must complete the Level II program before the CTC deadline of Fall, 2018.