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Title 5. Education.Division 8. Commission on Teacher Credentialing.Chapter 1. Credentials Issued Under The Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 1970.Article 2. Credential Types, Authorizations, and Requirements. Authorizations for Education Specialist Instruction Credentials and Special Education Added Authorization   

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(a) The following definitions apply to authorizations for Education Specialist Instruction Credentials and Special Education Added Authorizations:

(1) ?Service across the continuum of program options available?; Pursuant to Education Code Sections 56031, 56360, and 56361, the continuum includes resource rooms or services; special education settings; general education settings; special schools; home/hospital settings; state hospitals; development centers; correctional facilities; non-public, non-sectarian schools and agencies as defined in Education Code Sections 56365 and 56366; and alternative and non-traditional instructional public school settings other than classrooms.

(2) ?Developmental delay?: Student who needs special education and related services by experiencing a delay in one or more of the following: physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development or adaptive development.

(3) ?Hard-of-hearing or hearing loss includes unilateral or bilateral, whether fluctuating, conductive, sensorineural, and/or auditory neuropathy?: Hearing impairment or hearing loss, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child's educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness but may include problems involving the cochlea, the sensory organ of hearing.

(4) ?Educational Assessment?: Assessment of students in a comprehensive manner within the authorization of the teaching credential or added authorization using multiple sources of information and a variety of strategies that directly measure a student's performance to meet goals in areas of grade-level academic curriculum and/or functional goals designed to meet the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Individualized Family Service Program, and/or Individualized Transition Plan goals and objectives regarding eligibility and services that directly result from the student's disability according to state and federal accountability systems. The assessment process may include both formal and informal assessments to evaluate students' educational instruction needs and strengths for the purpose of making accommodations, modifications, and instructional decisions.

(5) ?Special Education Support?: Support includes participation in the IEP, Individualized Family Service Program, and/or Individualized Transition Plan process including planning and implementation of the student's IEP, Individualized Family Service Program, and/or Individualized Transition Plan; providing consultative, collaborative, and coordinating specially designed instruction with students, parents, teachers, and other community and school personnel; planning, developing, and implementing instructional program plans relative to and within the authorization of the credential or added authorization. Special education support does not include providing language, speech and hearing therapy, orientation and mobility, or audiology services.

(b) The following authorizations refer to the disabilities defined in Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations:

(1) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals with a primary disability of specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairment, and emotional disturbance, in kindergarten, grades 1 - 12 through age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

(2) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Moderate/Severe Disabilities authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals with a primary disability of autism, moderate/severe intellectual disabilities, deaf-blind, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities, to students in kindergarten, grades 1 - 12 through age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

(3) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals with a primary or secondary disability of deaf or hard-of-hearing or deaf-blind, and services to students with a hearing loss that manifests itself in conjunction with additional disabilities including unilateral or bilateral, whether fluctuating, conductive, sensorineural, and/or auditory neuropathy, to students from birth through age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

(A) Holders of Education Specialist Credentials in Deaf and Hard-of Hearing and previously issued credentials authorizing deaf and hard-of-hearing instructional services who were employed prior to July 1, 2010 to provide instructional services in American Sign Language (ASL) to general education students may continue to provide instructional services in the area of ASL. Effective July 1, 2010, no new special education credential holders may qualify using this provision.

(4) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Physical and Health Impairments authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals with a primary disability of orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, multiple disabilities, and traumatic brain injury, to students from birth through age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

(5) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Visual Impairments authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals with a primary disability of visual impairment including blind and deaf-blind, to students from birth through age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.

(6) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Early Childhood Special Education authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, and provide instructional and Special Education Support to students from birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention special education and related services, to individuals with a primary disability in specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, autism, moderate/severe intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities including developmental delay and a disabling medical condition in services across the continuum of program options available.

(7) The Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals and provide instructional and special Education Support to students from birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention special education and support with a primary disability in specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, autism, moderate/severe intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities including developmental delay and a disabling medical condition, in services across the continuum of program options available.

(8) The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Language and Academic Development authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals as defined in subsections 300.8(c)(1) through (10), (12), and (13) and to students with expressive or receptive language disorders within subsection 300.8(c)(11) of Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart A, with academic communication and language needs in the following areas: language development, school readiness and social skills, and literacy development addressing competencies across the curriculum in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and academic areas, in preschool, kindergarten, in grades 1 - 12 through age 22, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available. The Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Language and Academic Development authorizes the holder to provide instructional services to students with academic communication and language needs but does not take the place of speech and language services as defined in Education Code Section 56333.

(9) Individuals enrolled in an education specialist teacher preparation program on or after January 1, 2010 who complete content in autism spectrum disorders are authorized to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals with a primary disability of autism as defined in subsection 300.8(c)(1) of Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart A, across the continuum of special education program options at the grade and age levels within the specialty area(s) of the education specialist credential held.

(10) An Education Specialist Instruction Credential also authorizes the holder to provide one of the following:

(A) Individuals enrolled in an education specialist teacher preparation program that includes content for teaching English learners as described in Education Code Section 44259.5 on or before December 31, 2013 who remain continuously enrolled, as defined in Education Code Section 44252.1(b)(2), until program completion are authorized to provide instruction to limited-English proficient pupils as specified in Education Code Section 44253.3(a).

(i) The final initial issuance date for a preliminary Education Specialist credential pursuant to this subsection shall be December 31, 2016 for individuals enrolled in traditional, blended or integrated, and university intern programs.

(ii) The final initial issuance date for a preliminary Education Specialist credential pursuant to this subsection shall be December 31, 2017 for individuals enrolled in district intern programs.

(B) Individuals enrolled in an education specialist teacher preparation program that includes content for teaching English learners as described in Education Code Section 44259.5(a) after December 31, 2013 are authorized to provide instruction for English language development as defined in Education Code Section 44253.2(a) and specially designed content instruction delivered in English as defined in Education Code Section 44253.2(b) within the specialty area(s) and grade/age level authorization of the Education Specialist credential.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225

Reference:

Education Code 16191

Education Code 44252.1

Education Code 44253.2(a)

Education Code 44253.2(b)

Education Code 44259.5

Education Code 44265

Education Code 44265.5

Education Code 56031

Education Code 56360

Education Code 56361

Education Code 56365

Education Code 56366

34 C.F.R. 300.8 (a),(b) and (c)

300.39(a)(1)(i)

20 USC 1401(3), (14), (15), (16), (29) and (30)

(Amended by Register 2013, No. 33.)