This CCTC-approved Added Authorization can be added to a Clear Specialist Credential
in Special Education. The Added Authorization extends credential authorization from
age 5 down to birth.
Although designed for those with credentials in Mild/
Moderate or Moderate/
Severe disabilities, it can also be added to credentials in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing,
Physical and Health Impairments, and Visual Impairments for professional growth.
Students interested in the Early Childhood Added Authorization must take the CBEST,
and have experience in a related area such as liberal arts, child development, or
a child development course.
Added Authorization coursework (18 units) includes:
Characteristics, needs, and educational programs and services for infants, toddlers,
and preschoolers with disabilities and their families. Legislative requirements, models
of service delivery, recommended practices, and family diversity.
Ecobehavioral and developmental techniques and procedures to measure development,
relationships, and environments. Administration of measures in class and in field.
Role of parents and caregivers in supporting and enhancing developmental outcomes.
Home visitation programs, practices, and techniques. Field experience working with
families at risk.
Developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs and services for young
children with disabilities. Selecting and adapting curriculum and instructional approaches,
collaborating with families from diverse cultural/linguistic backgrounds, and monitoring
program effectiveness. Formerly numbered Special Education 643A.
Culminating practicum for Education Specialist Credential. Participation supervised
by a special educator. May be repeated in other specialties.