Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
Department of Learning and Teaching
Outcome 1: Candidates demonstrate specialized field knowledge as they integrate knowledge and technology across content areas and use differing perspectives to engage all learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
Outcome 2: Candidates apply theories of learning, instruction, and motivation relating to the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, physical, and moral development of all learners; evidenced by developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences implemented in an inclusive learning environment.
Outcome 3: Candidates incorporate assessment and technology in their planning and instructional strategies as a means of obtaining continual feedback used to improve student learning, classroom management strategies, and pedagogical approaches.
Outcome 4: Candidates utilize and generate meaningful research on pedagogical practices, student learning, and educational issues and policies to actively investigate and consider new ideas that will improve teaching and learning and advance the profession.
Outcome 5: Candidates explore effective approaches for creating inclusive learning environments that are welcoming and accepting of diverse learners and students with learning differences who, because of gender, language, cultural background, differing ability levels, disabilities, learning approaches, and/or socioeconomic status may have academic needs that require varied instructional strategies to ensure their learning.
Outcome 6: Candidates engage in critical reflection on how their own frames of reference and potential biases impact expectations for and relationships with learners and their families.
Graduates of this program go on to receive their Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Credential with an authorization in Mild to Moderate Disabilities from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Our Credential Analyst works with each of our students one-on-one to guide them through the process of completing the requirements for the credential. USD Career Services staff also assist students and alumni by helping them to identify and apply for teaching positions.