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 (MMD) and/or moderate/severe disabilities (MSD) or students with disabilities from birth to age 6 (ECSE). As a requirement for entry into the program, prospective District Interns must attend a Pre-Service Orientation (160 hours) composed of individual modules that focus on teaching English Learners, reading and literacy, special education, classroom organization and management, and child development.

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

    CENTSE designation (Credentialed Educators Now Teaching Special Education-MMD/MSD) must attend a Pre-Service Orientation (80 hours) composed of individual modules that focus on teaching English Learners, reading and literacy, special education, classroom organization and management, and child development.

    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.
    • 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), CTC Standards, 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 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 appropriate CSET or approved subject matter waiver. CSET test results expire after 10 years. NOT required for Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
    • U.S. Constitution (via exam or coursework).
    • LAUSD full time eligibility.
    • Authorization to work in U.S.

    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 a core academic subject via exam (CSET, etc.) or coursework.
    • U.S. Constitution (via exam or coursework).
    • LAUSD full time eligibility.
    • Authorization to work in U.S.

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

     

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