of Education Specialists
At CSUF, we offer three stand alone credentials. These are:
MILD-MODERATE SPECIALIST CREDENTIAL, K-12
MODERATE- SEVERE SPECIALIST CREDENTIAL, K-12
EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIALIST CREDENTIAL, 0-5
What do these programs look like in the schools?
Mild - moderate placements and their characteristics.
Most students who are placed in the mild moderate setting to receive
their services have a single qualifying disability. They may require
one or more specialized (DIS; Designated Instructional services)
services provided within the school district.
The mild part of mild moderate would be an RSP (Resource Specialist
Program) setting. Collaborative models, where the student is on
the roster of a general education class and spends no less than
51 % of the day in that class with specialist support, are mandated
by the law. An RSP teacher functions as a tutor, a teacher who re-teaches
general education content, pre-teaches the content and supports
the general education teacher in consultative and collaborative
settings. This is the least restrictive placement in the array of
service delivery options. The moderate part of mild-moderate would
be the SDC (Special Day Class), LH (Learning handicapped).
Moderate-Severe Placements and their characteristics.
The moderate part of moderate severe would be a full-inclusion
setting with dual enrollment in general education and special education
or an SDC (Special Day Class for the Severe). Often, these students
have multiple challenges or low-incidence disabilities and require
services beyond the capabilities of their home school or district.
These classes are supported by the SELPA (Special Education Local
Plan Area), a consortium of districts that cooperate to inform and
advise parents and staff service providers. The severe part of Moderate-Severe
could be services provided in a hospital, home or institution.
Early Childhood Placements and their characteristics.
Early Childhood consists of 0-3, infant toddler where the focus
is on the natural environment (usually the home) and the goals of
the parents for their infant. An IFSP (Individual Family Service
Plan) is developed for the student. At 3-5 years of age, the student
transitions to preschool and an IEP is developed. The IEP is developed
for the child with parent input. The services for preschool become
broader; often a public or private preschool setting where socialization
and academics are stressed based upon the child's strengths and
For additional information, please visit the Special Education website at http://ed.fullerton.edu/sped/.