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Professional Development, University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton


The purpose of the Clear Education Specialist Induction Program is to successfully prepare participating teachers to meet the academic needs of their students while receiving multiple opportunities for application and demonstration of the required knowledge and skills as evidenced in the induction standards.

We have aligned our program with the required state standards and have incorporated innovative approaches for the professional development of Education Specialists. Three courses are offered ONLINE through Extended Education: SPED 496, SPED 502 and SPED 551. SPED 531 (moderate/severe), SPED 532 (mild/moderate), or SPED 535 (early childhood) is also required for the Clear Education Specialist Credential and offered through the Department of Special Education and/or University Extended Education.For more information contact Belinda Karge bkarge@fullerton.edu, 657-278-3760.

Non-California Residents
Due to state and federal regulations, non-California residents may only enroll in CSUF online courses when their state has authorized CSUF as a provider. Click here for more information.


Participating teachers may choose to complete the program in one year by taking two courses a semester or they may opt to spread the opportunity out over several semesters. Courses may be taken in any order.

SPED 496
For candidates who currently hold a Level I credential (not a preliminary credential). 496 enables Level I candidates to earn a Clear credential. Candidates who hold a preliminary credential do not need to take 496. Provides for an advanced level of educational practicum within school and/or agency settings.

Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism - ELECTIVE FOR THE CLEAR
SPED 502
Overview of evidence-based strategies and methodologies for teaching students with Autism spectrum disorders.

Individuals with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Seminar
SPED 532
Analysis of selected issues with major emphasis on independent investigation into the contributions of contemporary theory and research and the review of the emerging trends.

Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education: Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction - REQUIRED FOR THE CLEAR
SPED 551
Prepares teachers to teach special needs students who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Curriculum development, assessment practices and review of instructional needs.