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SAN JOSE, CA – The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has approved the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Educator Preparation Program (EPP) application to offer a Mild to Moderate Intern Credential, through our Educator Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms program.
“The Mild to Moderate credential now expands the breadth of our program offerings in Special Education, which includes specializations in Moderate Severe and Early Childhood Special Education. In conjunction with our special education teacher expansion state grant, the Mild to Moderate credential will provide Santa Clara County districts assurance that there will be a pool of highly qualified special education teachers to provide services for all our students with special needs,” stated County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
This news follows a recent study released by the Learning Policy Institute, which reported that in California, there is a severe shortage of Special Education teachers with a standard permit. The report also noted the “attrition of special education is associated with inadequate preparation and professional development.
"The SCCOE’s Preliminary Mild to Moderate Intern Program consists of 31-semester units of coursework taken over two years as part of a two-year cohort program. This Education Specialist Instruction Credential program prepares individuals seeking teacher certification to provide instruction and other special education-related services to individuals with Mild to Moderate Disabilities, including learning disabilities, autism, mild intellectual disability, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, speech and language disabilities, and visual or auditory processing difficulties. The credential authorizes service in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12 to age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.
Exemplary Candidates with a California Clear Teaching Credential may qualify for the one-year 19-semester unit Mild to Moderate Clear Credential Accelerated Pathway Program.
“At the SCCOE, we offer excellent teacher preparation programs and professional development. We see first-hand the dire need for qualified Special Education teachers, and we are thrilled to be able to meet this need for our community,” stated County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, Educator Preparation Programs will host a special free information session for participants interested in earning the Mild to Moderate credential.
Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education 1290 Ridder Park Dr., San Jose, CA 95131
To attend, please register here.
“The Mild to Moderate Education Specialist Credential is an opportunity for teachers to expand their educational portfolio locally, and meet our shared goals of providing high quality inclusive education for all students.” added Dewan.
For more information visit Educator Preparation Programs.
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Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.