Preliminary Early Childhood

Preliminary Education Specialist Authorized to teach Early Childhood Special Education Credential Program

PURPOSE OF PRELIMINARY Education Specialist Credential, EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing)

Early childhood special education (ECSE) includes the provision of educational services to children from birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention, special education, and/or related services under federal and state laws. This specialization is committed to preparing reflective professionals who will provide high quality services to infants, toddlers, young children, and their families.

Education Specialist Credential, Early Childhood Special Education (Preliminary) Program Requirements Plan

A certificate program in Early Childhood Special Education was adopted for holders of the Education Specialist Instruction Credentials in Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Moderate/Severe Disabilities, to be able to expand the authorization to include birth through Pre-K. However, any specialist credential holder may earn the certificate.*

Early Childhood Special Education Certificate Program Requirements Plan

(*From Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Education Specialist Credentials.)

Admission to Teacher Education Office
Admission requirements for the Education Specialist Credential Programs are found at the Admissions to Teacher Education Office. Contact this office for your admissions application needs.

The Credential Preparation Center at California State University, Fullerton acts as the liaison between the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the credential applicant. The Credential Preparation Center provides quality advisement and certification services to all professional educators it serves.   Contact the center for your credential preparation needs.


Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator:
Dr. Janice Myck-Wayne, Professor,

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Page updated: February 15, 2017