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Santa Clara County Office of Education-Inclusion Collaborative

Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms (EPIC)

A Credentialing Program for Education Specialists

FAQS

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Santa Clara County Office of Education-Inclusion Collaborative Education Preparation for Inclusive

Classrooms (EPIC)

Overview

What credentials are being offered through EPIC?

How often are the Preliminary Credential Programs (ECSE & Mod/Severe) offered?

How often is the Clear Education Specialist Induction Program offered?

What unit modules are the credentials being offered in, semester or quarter?

What are the times/days classes are being offered?

Where can we find the class schedules?

What is the tuition cost for the different credentials?

Is financial aid or scholarships available?

What if I have a transcript, degree, etc. from a foreign country?

What if I have taken similar classes from another institution; can they count towards the credential (course transfer equivalency)? If classes are accepted as equivalent, does that lower my tuition?........... 6 Can I take any of the courses for professional development purposes? (I have a cleared credential)........ 6 Is it possible to start the program in the Winter or Spring quarters?

Are the units earned in EPIC transferable towards my master’s degree?

1290 Ridder Park Drive  MC 227  San Jose, CA 95131  (408) 453-6756  FAX: (408) 453-6596 www.inclusioncollaborative.org Revised: 3/5/2015 Santa Clara County Office of Education-Inclusion Collaborative Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms (EPI

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What is an internship program? Do we get placed? Is it paid?

What is the time commitment for the internship?

Can I have my current teaching position count as the internship? I am an SCCOE employee in a teaching position, can that count?

What school districts is EPIC collaborating with for internships?

What are the pre-requisites for Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (ECSE & Mod/Severe)?........ 8 Can I participate in the preliminary credential program while finishing my BA/BS?

What are the courses being offered for the Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education & Preliminary Moderate/Severe Credentials?

What are pre-service requirements?

Clear Education Specialist Induction Program Does the Clear Education Specialist Induction Program work in place of a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program?

What are the pre-requisites for Clear Education Specialist Induction Program?

What if I have completed a health and/or computer class when I cleared another one of my credentials, do I need to take them again?

What are the Courses being offered for the Clear Education Specialist Induction Program?

I have an out-of-state credential; can I apply to the Clear Education Specialist Induction Program?....... 11 Can I clear my expired credential?

What happens if you do not clear your preliminary credential with the five years of the date of issuance?

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Clear Education Specialist Induction Program continued… Can I clear more than one credential at the same time?

What credentials can be cleared through the EPIC: Clear Education Specialist Induction Program?........ 12 Is priority given to applicants who only have a year to clear their credential?

Application Process What is needed for the application?

Is there an application fee?

Do transcripts need to be official or unofficial?

Do letters of recommendation need to be sealed?

Can I apply if I have not taken one or all of the following examinations/courses: child development course (minimum 3 units), principles of US Constitution or exam, California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)?

What is the application selection process? How will I be notified of application status?

How many people are being accepted into the preliminary program & clear induction program?.......... 14

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The EPIC program prepares candidates to become teacher specialists in an inclusive classroom. It provides instructional and experiential opportunities to work with families, develop collaborative skills, and become proficient classroom managers. Candidates learn from the best experts in the field – current and past teachers, special education directors and scholars.

Coursework is divided into modules covering a two-year period, while candidates also work as interns in their second year. While in a cohort throughout the program, participants share their learning experiences and begin cross program collaborations –learning collaborative behaviors that will assist them throughout their careers as Education Specialists. Each EPIC module unit is equivalent to ten hours of classroom instruction. Each Specialist Credential is equal to 45 quarter units. To accommodate work schedules, classes meet late afternoons and evenings, and on some Saturdays. There are also some summer courses.

Q: What credentials are being offered through EPIC?





A: 1) Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) 45 units (2 year cohort program) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Early Childhood Special Education authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to children from birth through pre-kindergarten, with a primary disability of specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, autism spectrum disorder, moderate/severe intellectual disability, deaf-blindness, serious emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities in services across the continuum of program options available.

2) Preliminary Moderate/Severe (Mod/Severe) 45 units (2 year cohort program) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Moderate/Severe Disabilities authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism, moderate/severe intellectual disability, deaf-blind, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities, in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12 to age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

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Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, or Moderate/Severe Disabilities. The Clear Credential must be completed within five years of the date of issuance of the Preliminary or Level I Education Specialist Credential. The purpose of the Clear Credential Program is to provide a mechanism for the successful induction of a new professional special educator. The Clear Credential Program includes collaboration with the teacher’s employer; multiple opportunities for support and professional development, an individualized induction plan (IIP), and advanced coursework with a menu of options to address the teacher’s individual needs.

Q: How often is the Preliminary Credential Programs (ECSE & Mod/Severe) offered?

A: The Preliminary Credential Programs (ECSE & Mod/Severe) cohort will be offered biennially at this time.

(Every two years).

Q: How often is the Clear Education Specialist Induction Program offered?

A: The Clear Education Specialist Induction Program offered will be offered biennially at this time.

(Every two years).

Q: What unit modules are the credentials being offered in, semester or quarter?

A: Quarter system, each unit is equivalent to ten hours of class time.

Q: What are the times/days classes are being offered?

A: The majority of classes are offered weeknights from 5:30PM-8:30PM, with occasional Saturdays depending on credential.

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A: The class schedule is available on our website: www.inclusioncollaborative.org Q: What is the tuition cost for the different credentials?

A: All tuition is PRIOR to the first day of class each quarter. The cost per (quarter) unit is $275.

• ECSE & Moderate/Severe: $12,375 for two years; Year 1: $6,875 Year 2: $5,500

• Clear Education Specialist Induction Program $3,300 for one year Q: Is financial aid or scholarships available?

A: Financial aid is not available at this time.

Q: What if I have a transcript, degree, etc. from a foreign country?

A: Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation from an agency approved by the Commission for Foreign Transcript evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents prior to

applying to the SCCOE Preliminary Intern Credential Program. For more information please visit:

http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf.

Q: What if I have taken similar classes from another institution; can they count towards the credential (course transfer equivalency)? If classes are accepted as equivalent, does that lower my tuition?

A: Evaluation of courses and transferability of any course will be evaluated upon receipt of application.

Specific course equivalencies require review based upon the unique characteristics of each college and university and may differ from one institution to another. Applicants must submit transcripts and class description for any course in question. If any courses are deemed equivalent, your tuition cost will be reduced.

Q: Can I take any of the courses for professional development purposes? (I have a cleared credential) A: Yes, you make take any of the courses for professional development purposes. Please contact us for registration of courses you wish to attend.

Q: Is it possible to start the program in the Winter or Spring quarters?

A: No, students must start in the Fall quarter.

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A: Yes, we are in partnership with the University of Pacific (UoP). 24 EPIC quarter units will be applied toward the master’s degree at UoP.

Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Preliminary Moderate/Severe (Mod/Severe) Q: What is a cohort?

A: The dictionary definition of cohort is “a group of people banded together or treated as a group.” That is a perfect way to define the “cohort program” in its educational context. A cohort program is “a group of people banded together or treated as a group” in a degree program or course of study. A simple way to view a cohort program is as a group of classmates.

Q: What is an internship program? Do we get placed? Is it paid?

A: Internships allow individuals to be the teacher of record, or to serve as a counselor or administrator, while completing an organized professional preparation program. Completion of an intern program results in the issuance of a preliminary credential. Internships are self-procured by each candidate and completed in the second year of program. Yes, it is a paid position, as you are the teacher of record for the student on your caseload. You are hired by a district or SCCOE, you would apply for an intern credential until you satisfactorily complete the program.

Q: What is the time commitment for the internship?

A: The internship is a full time job, as you are working as the teacher of record for the students assigned to your case load.

Q: Can I have my current teaching position count as the internship? I am an SCCOE employee in a teaching position, can that count?

A: You must be the teacher of record of a class of students with disabilities. (51% of the students must have an IEP/IFSP) A Head Start teacher or state preschool teacher who has students in their classroom with IEPs is not considered a teacher for students with disabilities, and as such is not hired for that purpose.

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Q: What school districts is EPIC collaborating with for internships?

A: We are in the process of securing agreements with several school districts in our county. Currently SCCOE, Alum Rock School District, Cupertino School District and Mt. Pleasant School District are on our Advisory Board. We are in the process with creating agreements with many of these school district and Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Q: What are the pre-requisites for Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (ECSE & Mod/Severe)?

A: • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences (in any major) from an accredited institution

• Child Development Course (any topic) (minimum 3 units)

• Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.75

• Principles of US Constitution or exam Exam: http://www.usconstitutionexam.com/Common_Questions.html

• Pass all three areas of California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_CBEST.asp

• Moderate/Severe only:

• Pass Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) prior to recommendation for preliminary credential. For more information, please go to: http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

• Meet Commission Approved subject matter requirements as appropriate. Currently, the only Commission-approved subject-matter examinations used to verify subject-matter competence for Single Subject Teaching Credentials are the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), administered by Evaluation Systems, Group of Pearson (formerly

National Evaluation Systems [NES] Inc.). For more information go to:

http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl674s.pdf Q: Can I participate in the credential program while finishing my BA/BS?

A: No, you need to have completed your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences in any major.

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Coursework Unique to Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education:

• Intervention for Young Children with Special Needs (4 units)

• Infant/Toddler Intern/Field Experience (3 units)

• Preschool Intern/Field Experiences (3 units)

Coursework Unique to Preliminary Moderate/Severe:



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