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 support needs (MMSN) and/or extensive support needs (ESN) or students with disabilities from birth to age 5 (ECSE). As a requirement for entry into the program, prospective District Interns must attend a Pre-Service Orientation (160 hours)composed of a curriculum that focuses on individual modules that focus on teaching English Learners, reading and literacy, special education, classroom organization and management, and child development.

    Requirements for the CA Preliminary Education Specialist MMSN and ESN Credential include earning passing scores on both Cycles of the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) and on the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) by the end of the Program.

    Requirements for the CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential include earning passing scores on both Cycles of the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) and on the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) by the end of the Program.

    The purpose of the RICA is to ensure that California-trained candidates for Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials and Education Specialist Instruction Credentials (special education) possess the knowledge and skills important for the provision of effective reading instruction to students.
     
    To register for the RICA Examination, click on the link below
     

     

    CENTSE designation (Credentialed Educators Now Teaching Special Education-MMSN/ESN) must attend a Pre-Service Orientation (80 hours). The curriculum focuses on individual modules that include teaching English Learners, reading and literacy, special education, classroom organization and management, and child development.

    The iCAAP Program is tuition-waived for those who serve the district for two additional years after culminating and being recommended for their preliminary credential.

    The Preliminary Education Specialist Program incorporates:

    • Current theory and practical application in Special Education.
    • Examination of Special Education Curriculum and teaching strategies from a pedagogical perspective.
    • Our highly-qualified Instructional Faculty delivers research-based courses aligned to the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) and LAUSD Initiatives, and are focused on developing each Intern’s classroom instruction and professional practice.
    • Individualized Intern Portfolio Practicum is focused on Intern self-reflection. The process is supported by trained Instructional Faculty Lead Mentor (IFLM) coaches. The Portfolio Practicum includes a compilation of evidence indicating growth and development as a professional educator and includes collections of real-time video recordings of the classroom as well as coaching conversations. The intent of the Practicum is to utilize relevant knowledge of students, schools, families, community, and teaching practices to increase the Intern’s effectiveness in the classroom. The end product of the Portfolio Practicum is the Individual Development Plan (IDP) which is then used in the Teacher Induction program.
    • Full-time ongoing support from trained, like-credentialed, experienced Lead Mentors in similar subject areas, Teacher Advisers, and Specialists.

     

    Eligibility Requirements 

    Non-Credentialed Teachers Program 

    • Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university. 
    • Official transcripts reflect a minimum GPA of 2.7. 
    • Meet CA Basic Skills Requirement: Basic Skills Requirement (CL-667) (ca.gov) 
    • Meet CA Subject Matter Requirement via degree, appropriate CSET, or approved subject matter waiver. CSET test results expire after 10 years. NOT required for Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Subject Matter Requirements (ca.gov)
    • U.S. Constitution (via exam or coursework). 
    • LAUSD full-time eligibility. 
    • Authorization to work in the U.S. 

    Credentialed Teachers Now Teaching Special Education (CENTSE) 

    • CA General Education K-12 Preliminary or Clear Credential. 
    • Meet CA Basic Skills Requirement: Basic Skills Requirement (CL-667) (ca.gov)  
    • U.S. Constitution (via exam or coursework). 
    • LAUSD full-time eligibility. 
    •  Authorization to work in the U.S. 

     If you meet minimum program eligibility requirements, please complete an online application by clicking "Apply Now" below:

     

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