Undergraduates

The Special Education program allows students from a variety of academic backgrounds to pursue a minor in Special Education or the Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities. These programs include preparation in the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with exceptional needs. The Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities authorizes candidates to teach students with specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, or other health impairments.

Requirements for Provisional Admission

All of the following requirements must be submitted to the School of Education Dean's Office, University Hall 2100, prior to scheduling an interview with the Academic Program Director.

  1. Complete the following prerequisite courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Prerequisite courses are only available to students with sophomore standing (30 semester hours earned) or higher. Interested first year students need to contact the Academic Program Director.
    1. EDES 414 Theories of Second Language Acquisition (3 semester hours)
    2. EDSS 444 Observation and Participation in General and Special Education (3 semester hours)
    3. EDSS 453 Introduction to the Study of Disability and Special Education (3 semester hours)
    4. EDSS 454 Major Issues and Foundations of Special Education (2 semester hours)
    5. EDSS 455 Development of IEPs for Students with Exceptional Needs (1 semester hour)
  2. Teacher Education Application Form
  3. Statement of Intent
  4. Candidate Information Sheet
  5. One set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities at-tended other than LMU
  6. Four letters of recommendations. Three of the four must be submitted for an interview. One letter must be from your major advisor.
  7. Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse youth groups, ages 4-22, or Plan of Action of Completion of 20 hours prior to Student Teaching
  8. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) original passing score report
  9. Subject Matter Plan of Action Completion
    1. Elementary Emphasis: Students must demonstrate mastery of the required subject matter by passing the Multiple Subject California Subject Matter Exam for Teachers (Multiple Subject CSET)
    2. Secondary Emphasis: Students must demonstrate mastery of the required subject matter (mathematics, English, social science, biology, chemistry, physics) by passing the Single Subject California Subject Matter Exam for Teachers (Single Subject CSET in credential content area). Results of the CSET are only valid for five years.
  10. Fingerprint Clearance — An original Certificate of Clearance must be received from the CCTC prior to enrolling in student teaching.
  11. Technology Requirement
  12. Interview with the Academic Program Director/Assistant Director

Requirements for Formal Admission

All of the following are required once you have been provisionally admitted to the School of Education and must be fulfilled prior to enrolling in Student Teaching. A "B" (3.0) grade point average must be maintained in all education coursework. A "D" (1.0) is not acceptable in any of the coursework in the sequence. 

  1. Tuberculin test results — Valid within one year prior to student teaching.
  2. U.S. Constitution Requirement — Satisfied by one of the following:
    1. Successfully completing one of the following LMU courses: HIST 198 upon approval or POLS 135; or
    2. Passing an approved examination offered online at usconstitutionexam.com
    3. Completing an approved course at another institution.
  3. CSET (Original passing score report)
  4. Complete the following professional coursework (maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better)
  5. Advising
    1. Academic Advising: All candidates are required to meet with the Academic Advisor once a semester. Candidates are ad-vised on appropriate course sequence and program information.
    2. Professional Advising: All candidates are expected to meet with the Professional Advisor (Program Director/Assistant Program Director) once a semester. Candidates will discuss academic course progress, career plans and goals, dispositional issues and other issues related to the teaching profession.

Elementary Emphasis 

  • EDES 402 Teaching Reading in Today's Elementary Class-room (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 425 Methods in English Language Development and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (3 semester hours)
  • EDSS 427 Creating Effective Classrooms in Diverse Settings (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 434 Elementary Curriculum and Teaching Methods (3 semester hours)
  • EDSS 436 Creating Collaborative Partnerships (3 semester hours)
  • EDSS 475 Teaching and Assessing Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 8000 Health Education (1 semester hour)

Secondary Emphasis

  • EDSS 427 Creating Effective Classrooms in Diverse Settings (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 403 Reading and Content Learning in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 semester hours)
  • EDSS 436 Creating Collaborative Partnerships (2 semester hours)
  • EDSS 475 Teaching and Assessing Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 8000 Health Education (1 semester hour)

One of the following courses, depending on the credential content area emphasis: 

  • EDES 485 Methods in Teaching Secondary Social Studies
  • EDES 486 Methods in Teaching Secondary English (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 487 Methods in Teaching Secondary Science (3 semester hours)
  • EDES 488 Methods in Teaching Secondary Math (3 semester hours)

Review by the Teacher Admission and Advisory Committee (TAAC):After the requirements for each section outlined above have been completed, the candidate's file will be submitted to the TAAC for review. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all items have been received. Students will be notified of the committee's decision in writing. All documents become the property of the University and will not be released to any person or institution.

Requirements for Student Teaching

Review by the Teacher Advisory Review Committee (TARC): After the requirements for student teaching, outlined below, have been completed, the candidate will apply to TARC for review. Applications will be sub-mitted to the Academic Advisor. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that all items have been completed and received. The candidate will be notified of the Committee's decision in writing. All documents become the property of the University and will not be released to any person or institution.

  1. Students must clear all grades of Incomplete prior to Student Teaching.
  2. Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA). It is recommend that the RICA be taken following completion of EDES 409 (Elementary Emphasis) or EDES 403 (Secondary Emphasis). Students are required to take, pass, and submit an original passing score report to the School of Education before the completion of Student Teaching.
  3. Students must complete the fieldwork application (available from the Academic Program Director) and schedule an interview with the Coordinator of Fieldwork.
  4. Enroll in EDCE 456: Direct Teaching with Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (6 semester hours) and EDCE 459: Student Teaching Seminar (3 semester hours).

Application Process for the Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate Disabilities

  1. Successful completion of all of the requirements outlined above.
  2. Students must submit an official transcript with the degree posted to the School of Education Credential Office.
  3. Submit the SOE Credential Application. Apply for credential to Com-mission on Teacher Credentialing, State of California (additional fee required; see website for more information). 

Combined Program Requirements

Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities with the 2042 Multiple Subject/Elementary Emphasis

The 2042 Multiple Subject/Secondary Teaching Credential can be pursued concurrently with the Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities. In addition to the previously listed program sequence for the Education Specialist Credential, the following are required.

Professional Coursework

Students in the combined program will have both a general education and special education teaching placement during their student teaching.

Elementary Emphasis

  • EDES 401 Educational Psychology for the Childhood and Adolescent Years (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 410 Elementary Directed Teaching (9 semester hours)
  • EDCE 456 Directed Teaching with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 459 Student Teaching Seminar 

Secondary Emphasis

  • EDES 401 Educational Psychology for the Childhood and Adolescent Years (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 412 Secondary Directed Teaching (9 semester hours)
  • EDCE 456 Directed Teaching with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 semester hours)
  • EDCE 459 Student Teaching Seminar