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					                        Special Education Clear Credential
                           Frequently Asked Questions

Current Level I/Level II Credentials
1. In the current Level II program, who can recommend for a Level II-Education Specialist
   Credential?
   Only an approved program sponsor program may recommend a candidate for the Level II
   Education Specialist credential. This must be an institution of higher education (IHE)or a
   district or county sponsored Education Specialist Internship.

2. Can an IHE recommend online for the Level I Education Specialist credential instead of the
   Certificate of Eligibility without verification of employment?
   Yes, the individual has a choice to apply for the Level I Education Specialist credential even
   if not employed. See the ‘Education Specialist Credential - Certificate of Eligibility’ section
   of Coded Correspondence 03-0020 at
   http://www.ctc.ca.gov/notices/coded/030020/030020.pdf.

3. Will the two years of experience to earn the Level II credential still be required?
   Yes, the experience remains a requirement for the Level II Education Specialist credential.
   To assist program sponsors and employing agencies, the proposed regulations include a
   clarification on the type of experience that is acceptable.


New Clear Credentials
4. Is the Certificate of Eligibility going away? Will candidates earn a preliminary?
   The Certificate of Eligibility will not be issued to individuals who complete the new
   preliminary Education Specialist Credential programs. Instead, a five-year preliminary
   credential will be issued.

5. Does this also include the Administrative Services Credential Certificates of Eligibility?
   No change has been made to the Administrative Services Credential option to obtain a
   Certificate of Eligibility.

6. Will an individual with an Education Specialist Certificate of Eligibility have to activate their
   Level I credential before they are enrolled in an induction program for the clear credential?
   Yes, an individual will need to apply for the Level I Education Specialist credential. The
   candidate will submit a completed application form 41-4, the original Certificate of
   Eligibility, and one-half of the current application fee. The candidate will receive a Level I
   Education Specialist Teaching Credential valid for five years and may enroll in a special
   education induction program.

7. Will the two years of teaching experience be required for the new clear credential?



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    No, the two years of experience will not be a requirement to earn the new clear Education
    Specialist Credential.

8. When the new programs go into effect, how long will candidates have to earn a clear
   credential after their preliminary credential is issued?
   Five years from date of issuance of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.

9. Will coursework in the Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) count toward a Masters degree?
   The decision whether to accept the coursework towards a Masters degree for coursework
   taken for the clear Education Specialist credential rests with the institution of higher
   education.

10. Teachers have been informed that they no longer will need to complete ANY university
    courses to earn a clear Education Specialist credential. Is that correct?
    Candidates must complete an approved Education Specialist clear credential induction
    program which may be offered by a BTSA program or a college or university. The new clear
    programs may include no more than 12 semester units of coursework. This is an option and
    an individual may not need to complete any coursework, may opt to complete some, or
    complete up to 12 semester units of coursework at a college or university.
    If an individual holds the Level I Education Specialist credential (1997 standards), he or she
    must complete the content required by the 1997 Level II Education Specialist program.
    Should a candidate decide to wait for the new clear Education Specialist credential program
    (2008-09 Standards), the program sponsor will need to assure through the IIP that the teacher
    completed the content addressed in the 1997 Level II credential content. Content previously
    included in the Level II program has been moved to the new preliminary Education Specialist
    programs program including, but not limited to, transition, technology, and more on
    behavioral, emotional and environmental supports. It is highly likely that the individual
    would need to complete coursework at a college or university to satisfy the requirements of
    the 1997 Level II Education Specialist credential. (See Level I content lists for each of the 6
    content areas.)

11. How would you advise the holder of a Level I Education Specialist whose credential expires
    in 2 years? Should they finish their Level I program at a college or university or should they
    wait so they can complete the new clear Education Specialist induction program?
    This is a decision that the candidate must make depending on the expiration date of their
    Level I credential and the availability of the new clear Induction Programs. Candidates are
    strongly encouraged to finish the current Level II credential program for the Education
    Specialist credential. However, should a candidate decide to wait for the new clear Education
    Specialist credential Induction program, the program sponsor will need to assure through the
    IIP that the teacher has learned and has completed the 1997 Level II credential content that
    has been moved to the new preliminary education specialist program including, but not
    limited to, transition, technology, and more on behavioral, emotional and environmental
    supports. (See Level I content lists for each of the 6 content areas.) The candidate will also
    need to hold a valid Education Specialist Credential before enrolling in the induction
    program.


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12. What about the lack of BTSA Induction Programs and/or support providers for Education
    Specialists in rural areas?
     When the regulations are final and there are approved induction program for the clear
    Education Specialist Credential, t he holder of a Level I or the new preliminary Education
    Specialist Credential has the option to select an approved clear Education Specialist program
    sponsored by either an institution of higher education or a BTSA Induction program.. In
    addition, the holder of a Level I credential may complete the Level II program at an approved
    institution of higher education.

13. There are many multiple subject credential holders who did not find a job and are finishing a
    special education credential program. How will that work with induction?
    When the regulations are final, an individual may concurrently complete one induction
    program for both general and special education. However, the induction program must have
    both a Commission-approved general and special education induction program.

14. Several induction candidates are demanding to be cleared for both general and special
    education. Can a BTSA induction program clear both special education and general
    education credentials now?
    No not currently. Once the regulations are final and the program has received Commission
    approval for both programs, this will be a possibility.

15. Can an induction program require verification of employment?
    Not for the special education induction program.

16. If a candidate has more than one specialty area on his or her Education Specialist Teaching
    Credential, can the individual complete only one induction program or does he or she have
    to complete requirements for each specialty area?
    Under the new special education induction programs, it is possible. The IIP needs to address
    all specialty areas listed on the individual’s Education Specialist Credential.

17. How does the holder of both a preliminary general education and preliminary special
    education credential complete both induction programs if they are only employed in either
    general or special education?
    Employment is not a criteria for concurrently completing the clear education specialist
    credential.

18. What does an individual who already holds a clear general education credential earned by
    completing induction have to complete for their clear education specialist credential?
    The individual will need to develop an IIP that will include the completion of the extra
    components required in the special education induction program.




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                                               Glossary

                                                            Definition
                           BTSA is a state-funded program designed to support the professional
                           development of beginning teachers. It is one option to earn a clear multiple or
                           single subject credential if the individual was enrolled in the program prior to
Beginning Teacher
                           1/1/2004. It is required for all individuals who earn their initial preliminary
 Support and
                           multiple or single subject credential on or after 8/30/2004 based on
 Assessment (BTSA)
                           completion of an SB 2042 teacher education program. Following approval of
                           regulations, it will also be an option for individuals to earn a clear Education
                           Specialist Teaching Credential.
Clear Education            Starting in 2010, this is the advanced level Education Specialist Credential
 Specialist Teaching       issued for five years following completion of a Commission-approved
 Credential                induction program.
                           Participants in an approved induction program must have an induction plan
Individualized Induction   that is developed cooperatively with the candidate and the support provider in
  Plan                     order to guide the professional development of the beginning teacher during
                           the induction period.
                           An induction program sponsor is an institution or agency that operates a
Induction Program          Commission-approved induction program and is responsible for the
  Sponsor                  recommendation for a credential when the approved program is completed.
                           All induction programs participate in the Commission’s accreditation system.
                           Starting in 1997, this is the entry level Education Specialist Credential issued
Level I Education
                           for five years following completion of a specific set of requirements including
 Specialist Teaching
                           but not limited to bachelor’s degree, special education preparation program
 Credential
                           including student teaching, and specific content coursework.
Level II Education         Starting in 1997, this is the advanced level Education Specialist Credential
 Specialist Teaching       issued for five years following completion of a Commission-approved
 Credential                program at a college or university and two years of teaching experience.
                           Starting in 2010, this is the entry level Education Specialist Credential issued
Preliminary Education
                           for five years following completion of a specific set of requirements including
 Specialist Teaching
                           but not limited to bachelor’s degree, special education preparation program
 Credential
                           including student teaching, and specific content coursework.
                           Induction is a program of support and formative assessment. This is the route
Special Education
                           to earn a clear credential (advanced certification) for Level I and preliminary
  Induction Program
                           Education Specialist Credential holders when regulations are completed.
                           The preliminary Education Specialist preparation program must develop a
                           Transition Plan with each candidate prior to the completion of the preliminary
Transition Plan
                           program. The transition plan will guide and assist the developers of the
                           Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) for the clear credential.




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