The Education Specialist Preliminary Credential program in Extensive Support Needs (ESN) prepares K-12 teachers using research-based curricula and pedagogy to provide quality educational services to students with extensive support needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program has as its foundation the assumption that educational services for students with disabilities should be implemented in the least restrictive environment; and the goal of those services is to teach skills and arrange educational and social settings to increase the students’ ability to participate fully in school, home, and community environments.
Credential candidates in this program must demonstrate their competence in providing quality educational services to students with extensive support needs including access to standards-based academic curricula and the use of systematic, data-based approaches to instruction and models of curricular adaptation and social supports. Competencies in supporting students in inclusive settings, interacting effectively with families, and in developing educational goals using a transdisciplinary team approach are also essential components of the teacher preparation program. In addition, a three-semester sequence of clinical fieldwork and student teaching (600 total hours) ensures that teacher candidates are able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired through course content and assignments to the instruction of students with extensive support needs in urban school settings.