What to teach with education specialist cred in CA

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  1. readytoteach!

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    Help!
    I teach special ed in CA. I have an eduction specialist credential. I need help understanding what I can teach. I am being told that I cannot teach an special day English class for students who will not be receiving a high school diploma because I have not passed the CSET. Does anyone know if this is true? I have contacted the CCTC and awaiting a reply. It seems though that if I am a special education teacher I should be able to teach a purely special education class. Any thoughts?
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    If you teach English, you need the credential in English - doesn't matter whether or not the class is a special day class.
     
  4. Chokita

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    Yes, I believe this is a requirement. If you are a special ed teacher and you teach a certain subject (for pull out? resource room?), you need to pass a subject matter exam for that subject whether it's English or Math or Science. If you teach a self-contained class you need to pass CSET: Multiple subjects.

    What kind of credentials do you have? Is it for mild/moderate disabilities or moderate to severe?
     
  5. readytoteach!

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    I have a mild/moderate. I am a co-teacher within the English and History departments. I have passed the CSET in history and currently teach an applied history class. I would like to teach an applied English class as well. It just seems strange to me that I can co-teach in the English department with a general education English class..but I cannot teach an applied English class in the special education department. It almost seems backwards and is frustrating.
     
  6. Justine Cognito

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    The way it's been explained to me is that if you teach two or more core subjects (like U.S. History AND Algebra) then you do not need to be highly qualified in each, but if you teach ALL Algebra you'd need to pass the Foundational Math CSET. I have no idea if that's correct, but it's the most explanation I've heard most frequently and the one my district uses. Sadly, it pretty much ensures that if you teach in sped then you are planning for 2-3 different subjects.

    If you teach students with severe disabilities, the Multiple Subject CSET will suffice to be highly qualified even for middle and high school. The Multiple Subject CSET also qualifies sped teachers as HQ from K-8 too.

    I took the Multiple Subject CSET because I planned to teach elementary, but I took a secondary job instead. When my district reviewed my transcript they also certified me as HQ in English and Social Science because of equivalent credits. My minor was history so I get that one, but how it happened in English too is beyond me. I teach mod/severe so it's a moot point anyway.
     
  7. Justine Cognito

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    Oops, we just cross-posted.

    If you teach 2 different subjects at the same time you should be okay. If you are teaching only English that would be a problem.

    It's all frustrating!
     
  8. AspieTeacher

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    readytoteach,

    You must pass the CSET Multiple Subjects test before you can teach in any special day classroom. It doesn't matter if the special day classroom is designed for a single subject either. Mild/Moderate Credential require the passing of the Multiple Subjects Exam before you can actually recieve your teaching credential in CA. Good luck finding a teaching position too. They are cutting teachers positions because the enrollment is so low right now. Many people are leaving CA too I heard. I have been teaching moderate-profound disabilities for 10 years now. I had to pass the CSET Multiple Subjects Exam before I even got my professional clear credential. Do not let others fool you, most districts require the passage of the multiple subjects exam first.

    Aspieteacher
     

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