PRELIMINARY EDUCATION SPECIALIST PROGRAM

PESP
  • The District Intern Preliminary Education Specialist Program prepares teachers for the California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential to serve students with mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities. District Interns must attend a Pre-Service Orientation, focused on General and Special Education content, instructional initiatives, State and Federal laws and requirements, and field observations.

    District Interns who do not already hold a teaching credential are required to serve/be selected as Special Day Class (SDC) Teachers and attend the 160-hour Orientation. District Interns who do hold a teaching credential can serve/be selected as Special Day Class (SDC) Teachers or Resource Specialist Teachers (RST), attend the 80-hour Orientation, and given the CENTSE designation (Credentialed Educators Now Teaching Special Education).

    Requirements for the California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential may include passing the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) by the end of the Program.

    The District Intern Program is tuition-free for those who culminate, are recommended for a credential, and serve within the District for two additional years.

     

    The Preliminary Education Specialist Program incorporates:

    • Current theory and practical application in Special Education.

    • Pedagogical strategies for teaching in Special Education.

    • Examination of Special Education curriculum from a pedagogical perspective.

    • Researched-based preparation courses aligned to CTC Standards and LAUSD Initiatives.

    • Innovative and well-designed preparation courses geared towards improving classroom instruction and classroom management.

    • Preparation courses taught by highly qualified experienced Special Education Instructional Facilitators who are trained professionals currently in the field of practice.

    • Individualized Intern portfolios focused on self-reflection: compilations of growth and development as professional educators, collections of accomplishments, and opportunities to build relevant knowledge of students, schools, families, community, and teaching practices.

    • Collaborative cohort model integrated with one-on-one coaching conversations, small group interaction, workshops, seminars, and innovative technology such interactive journals, collaborative best practice demonstrations, and effective teaching technique videos.

    • Full-time ongoing Support Provider network with trained, like-credentialed, experienced teachers in similar subject areas, Teacher Advisers, and Specialists.

     

    Eligibility Requirements

    Non-Credentialed Teachers Program

    • Baccalaureate Degree from accredited college or university.
    • Official transcripts reflecting a minimum GPA of 2.7.
    • Meet CTC Basic Skills Requirements: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf
    • Passed all sections of CSET* or approved subject matter waiver.
    • U.S. Constitution (via exam or coursework).
    • Interview.
    • References from the last 3 years of employment.
    • Authorization to work in U.S.
    • Meet district employment standards.
    • Selected for employment at a school site.

    Credentialed Teachers Program (CENTSE)

    • General Education Preliminary or Clear Credential.
    • Meet CTC Basic Skills Requirements: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf
    • Subject matter competency in General Education subject via exam (CSET, etc.) or coursework.
    • U.S. Constitution (via exam or coursework).
    • Interview.
    • References from the last 3 years of employment.
    • Authorization to work in U.S.
    • Meet district employment standards.
    • Selected for employment at a school site.

    * Please Note: Education Specialists interested in teaching at the secondary level may be required to take CSET Single Subject English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science.

     

     

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