SAN JOSE, CA – On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, the Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms (EPIC), and Leaders in Administration Program (LEAP) credentialing programs will combine and change its collective name to "Educator Preparation Programs" (EPP).
"This department name change more accurately represents the departmental goals and help distinguish the educator preparation department from the credentialing services department. Educator Preparation offers coursework to help educators meet the requirements for various credentials. Credentialing Services assists districts in processing, recordkeeping, and managing credentials. Offering these programs and services are just some of the many ways the Santa Clara County Office of Education provides support to districts and schools," stated Adora Fisher, Director of Educator Preparation Programs.
EPP helps prepare educators for roles in Special Education, administrative leadership and other areas. The program currently offers several credential programs approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing including programs for inclusive classrooms, and credentials for specific special education needs.
"We offer opportunities for teachers to expand their educational portfolios through accessible and affordable credentialing methods," added Fisher.
"In addition to the current offerings, we are in the process of approval for a Mild to Moderate Education Specialist credential, and we are planning for a Career Technical Education Credential Program within the next year," added Fisher.
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About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
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.