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Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization


Gain the expertise you need to expand your special education credentials and positively impact the lives of special needs students from birth through age 22.

 
 

Expand Your Educational Reach

Cal State East Bay’s Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization (ECSEAA) certificate enables you to extend the authorization of your Education Specialist Credential. You will play a pivotal role in the educational lives of students with developmental delays and learning requirements that differ from the average child. As a participant in CSUEB’s program, you’ll acquire the knowledge and practical training needed to expand your educational reach to young children from birth to five years old.

CTC Certified

Approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

Certification Preparation

In-depth preparation for applying to the CTC for the Added Authorization: Early Childhood Special Education

Faculty Excellence

Taught by respected faculty with experience in early intervention, early childhood special education, child development, and mild/moderate disabilities


The course is offered in a hybrid format of both in-class and online components. This convenient format enables you to remain an ever-present force in your students’ lives while also furthering your career. You’ll enrich your skill set with a challenging curriculum, lively discussions with your fellow students, and interactive feedback from your instructors.


Apply Your Skills in a Real-World Environment

As a student in the ECSEAA Certificate Program, you will gain insight into teaching techniques that are most effective with special needs students of a younger age. You will leave the program with a range of expertise, including:


Assessment & Teaching

Assessing and teaching children from birth through pre-kindergarten with developmental delays, specific learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, mild, moderate and severe mental retardation, emotional disturbances, low incidence, and multiple disabilities.


Best Practices

Incorporating best practices such as family guided approaches; services in natural environments; developmentally appropriate, integrated curriculums; and cross-disciplinary, coordinated service delivery.


Direct Experience

Working hand-in-hand with special needs children and their families from diverse linguistic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.


Meet the Needs of Your Most Unique Students

As an educator, you know having a strong educational foundation is important for any student. For special needs students, it’s critical. Early intervention and the right learning environment are essential to ensuring your students succeed academically and developmentally.


Early intervention and the right learning environment are essential to ensuring your students succeed academically and developmentally.

Whether you’re working with students who have autism spectrum disorders, emotional disabilities, orthopedic impairments or other disabilities, having the capacity to provide your students and their families with the resources they need from the very beginning will be a gratifying experience.


Occupational Trends

686,000 Students

In 2012, approximately 686,000 students with disabilities ages 3 to 22 received special education services in California.
— Legislative Analyst’s Office, The California Legislature's Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor

16% Growth

Employment of preschool special education teachers is expected to increase by 16% from 2012 to 2022.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

$55,060 Salary

The median annual wage for special education teachers was $55,060 in May 2012.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Your Knowledge at Work

With your Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization Certificate from Cal State East Bay, you will set yourself apart in the special education field. Whether you’re developing educational assessments, setting developmental goals, or providing hands-on instruction, you will play a vital role in laying the groundwork for your students’ educational growth.

Upon completion of the program, graduates have provided services to young children with special needs and their families through early childhood special education preschools, early intervention service models, public school inclusive preschool programs, regional and local centers, and agencies.

Other graduates have even furthered their education, applying thirteen units earned through the ECSEAA certification to the Master's in Special Education Program offered through the Department of Educational Psychology.

Program Objectives

Completing Cal State East Bay’s Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization Certification will enable you to:

Apply tried and true practices to help young children with developmental delays and other disabilities succeed academically.


Understand the impact a special needs diagnosis has on the family and how to partner with them to achieve successful outcomes.


Gain hands-on experience working with young, special needs children and their families from diverse linguistic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

Gain the Knowledge to Help Your Students Succeed

Courses are held in a hybrid format which includes both face-to-face and online components. You will meet on four Saturdays during the quarter and will complete the remainder of the course online. For your convenience, two courses will be held on a single Saturday. You may complete two courses each quarter.


Required Courses

CoursesUnits
EPSY 6550 Young Children with Special Needs 4
EPSY 6551 Family Systems and Cultural Competence 4
EPSY 6552 Assessing Young Children with Special Needs 4
EPSY 6553 Curriculum and Instruction for Young Children with Special Needs 4

There is a 40 hour fieldwork requirement for the program. You must complete at least 10 hours in Early Intervention and 10 hours in a setting for preschoolers/toddlers. You may complete the remaining 20 hours at either level. If you are employed as an Early Childhood Special Educator or Early Interventionist, you may petition to use your employment setting as your fieldwork site.


Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate in ECSEAA, you must complete 16 units (4 courses). After you’ve completed the program, you will be eligible to apply to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for its Added Authorization in Early Childhood Special Education.

As a participant in Cal State East Bay’s Certificate Program for ECSEAA, you’ll learn from experienced professionals in a variety of areas such as early intervention, early childhood special education, child development, and mild/moderate disabilities. Cal State East Bay’s instructors have worked in a variety of settings – from public and private schools to centers and agencies. With this breadth of expertise at your disposal, you’ll be well-positioned to drive your career forward.

Dr. Linda Smetana

Ph.D.

As a Title I reading specialist, literacy leader and special educator for over 30 years, Dr. Linda Smetana brings a wealth of expertise to Cal State East Bay. She serves as a Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and as the Coordinator for the Education Specialist Mild Moderate Disabilities Credential and Master’s Programs.

Throughout her career, Dr. Smetana has collaborated with parents, teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals to develop children’s language, literacy and social skills. Her current work incorporates targeted instruction to accelerate the learning of students who are not demonstrating academic progress.

Dr. Smetana began her career in education as an intern at the Harold Jones Child Study Center at UC Berkeley. She also served as the lead teacher in a demonstration early childhood preschool for young children with a variety of academic, language, social, and emotional needs. In this capacity, she developed a model program for young children and their families.

She has presented at national and international conferences and has published in several professional journals. She is active in professional organizations including the Council for Exceptional Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children, International Reading Association, Literacy Research Association, and the California Association of Professors of Special Education.

Dr. Sarita Santos

Ph.D.

The goal is for everyone in the classroom to engage in analytic and creative thinking that facilitates the direct application of research and theory to meaningful professional practices.

Dr. Sarita Santos is an expert in the field of Early Childhood Special Education. She has taught courses and supervised candidate fieldwork experiences at the community college, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Early Childhood Special Education from UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Smetana has a particular interest in parental perceptions of children’s learning, young children at risk for learning disabilities, and cultural and diversity issues in special education.

She has served on faculty at the University of Texas in Austin Special Education Program, California State University Dominguez Hills Special Education Program, and California State University Los Angeles Child and Family Studies. She was also a faculty member at Santa Monica College’s Early Childhood Education program where she helped create an ECSE Certificate. Dr. Smetana has also served as project director for UCLA’s Best Practices in Early Childhood Education which explored factors related to risk and resilience in young children.

Throughout her tenure at higher education institutions, Dr. Santos continued to work with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in creative play-therapeutic environments. She was also involved in the initial trainings and production of HBO’s award winning documentary, “Autism the Musical” with Elaine Hall. In addition to her position at CSUEB, she also teaches at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, and at San Francisco State University.

 
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You’re Invited to Apply

If you would like to apply to Cal State East Bay’s Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization Certification, you must hold a special education credential or be currently enrolled in an Education Specialist Credential program. Your application will be reviewed by CSUEB’s program coordinator to ensure you meet these requirements.

If you are concurrently completing an Education Specialist program, you must apply for that program’s preliminary credential and show proof of Commission on Teacher Credentialing. You must provide the preliminary credential to the program coordinator before submitting your documents to apply for the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization.

Please consider the following additional requirements before applying:


You must submit an online application. For the program objective, select "Added Auth in Early Childhood Special Educ Cert - Spec Sess".


In addition to the Cal State Mentor application, you must complete an application to Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization (ECSEAA) through the Department of Educational Psychology.


You must provide a copy of your Education Specialist Credential or a letter from your credential program coordinator indicating approval of concurrent enrollment to the ECSEAA certificate program.


Admission Deadlines

Fall 2015 
Application Filing Period: 10/1/2014 - 5/1/2015; applications accepted on a space-available basis until 6/30/2015
Transcripts and Other Documents Due By: 7/15/2015

Common Questions

What is Early Childhood Special Education?
Early Childhood Special Education addresses the needs of children with developmental delays and requirements different from the average child.

Early Childhood Special Education (Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Early Intervention (Part C of IDEA) provide services for children from birth to kindergarten age who qualify according to state and federal law. Early intervention services are provided for infants and toddlers with a disability, including:

  • delayed functioning
  • atypical development or behavior
  • behavioral disorders that interfere with acquisition of developmental skills or
  • diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in delay, even though no current delay exists

Preschoolers may be eligible for Early Childhood Special Education services under one or more of 14 disability categories, which are defined in federal and state regulations. Those categories include:

  • autism spectrum disorders
  • deaf-blind
  • emotional disability
  • hearing impairment
  • learning disability
  • intellectual disability
  • multiple disabilities
  • orthopedic impairment
  • other health impairment
  • speech or language impairment
  • traumatic brain injury
  • visual impairment/blindness
  • developmental delay

Who should become an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher or Early Intervention Specialist?
If you are a Special Education teacher who is interested in working with young children with special needs and their families, you are an ideal candidate. The Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization enables you to extend the authorization of your Education Specialist Credentials to serve young children from birth to five years old.

In what settings do Early Childhood Special Education teachers and Early Intervention Specialists work?
Early Childhood Special Education Teachers and Early Intervention Specialists work in a variety of settings, including Head Start programs, public school inclusive preschool programs, centers, and other facilities and agencies that provide services to young children with special needs and their families.

Do I need to have completed my Education Specialist Credential work prior to enrolling in the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization program?
No. You may enroll in the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization program while completing an Education Specialist program. However, you must hold an Education Specialist Credential prior to applying to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization.

Do I have to be admitted to the University to take courses in the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization?
No, you do not. The Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization is offered through Cal State East Bay’s University Extension, which does not require university admissions for its programs. There may be other admissions requirements associated with the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization Program. Please see Admissions for details.

How long will it take to complete the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization Program?
You may complete the program in as few as two quarters or as many as four quarters over the course of two years.

What is the format of the required courses?
Courses are presented in a hybrid format. Each course will meet four Saturdays over the course of the quarter with the remaining sessions held online. Saturday sessions will consist of one course in the morning and one in the afternoon.

What is the sequence of the courses?
The Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization program consists of four, 4-unit courses:

  • EPSY 6550 Young Children with Special Needs
  • EPSY 6551 Family Systems and Cultural Competence
  • EPSY 6552 Assessment and Intervention Planning for Young Children with Special Needs
  • EPSY 6553 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education

When do classes typically meet?
Courses are offered in the fall and winter quarters. Two classes are offered each quarter.

Fall

  • EPSY 6550 Young Children with Special Needs
  • EPSY 6551 Family Systems and Cultural Competence

Winter

  • EPSY 6552 Assessment and Intervention Planning for Young Children with Special Needs
  • EPSY 6553 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education

Can I use my employment as a site for required fieldwork?
If you are employed as an Early Childhood Special Educator or Early Interventionist, you may petition to use your employment setting as your fieldwork site. There is a 40 hour fieldwork requirement for the program. You must complete at least 10 hours in Early Intervention and 10 hours in a setting for preschoolers/toddlers. You may complete the remaining 20 hours at either level.

Can the courses be transferred to a master's degree program In Special Education?
Yes. Thirteen units may be transferred to the Master's in Special Education Program offered through the Department of Educational Psychology. Contact Dr. Linda Smetana, Program Coordinator, for additional information regarding the Master's in Special Education program.

Are there special accommodations for candidates with disabilities?
If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Accessibility Services, located on both the Hayward and Concord campuses.

Financing

What does tuition cost?
The total estimated cost of the ECSEAA Certificate Program is $4,272 ($267/unit). Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.

What financing options are available to me?
Cal State East Bay offers tuition assistance for active and retired military as well as qualified dependents. Get VA Educational Benefit details online.

Traditional financial aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for Continuing Education certificate programs. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization

Ideal for: Special education credential holders who wish to expand their age service opportunities to include ages newborn to five years old

Number of courses: 4 courses (16 quarter units of 6000 graduate-level coursework)

Program format: Hybrid format includes both face-to-face and online components

Program length: Minimum of 2 quarters but can be extended to 4 quarters

Tuition Cost: $4,272 ($267/unit). (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

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