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.
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.
Approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
In-depth preparation for applying to the CTC for the Added Authorization: Early Childhood Special Education
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.
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:
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.
Incorporating best practices such as family guided approaches; services in natural environments; developmentally appropriate, integrated curriculums; and cross-disciplinary, coordinated service delivery.
Working hand-in-hand with special needs children and their families from diverse linguistic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
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.
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.
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
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
The median annual wage for special education teachers was $55,060 in May 2012.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
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.
Completing Cal State East Bay’s Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization Certification will enable you to:
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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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