CSU Dominquez Hills Special
Education University Intern Program
Special Education University Intern Program prepares
candidates to teach culturally and linguistically diverse
students in urban schools. The program is designed as a
collaborative effort between the university and the
participating school districts. Instructional
responsibilities and support in the education and training
of CSUDH Special Education Interns is a shared
responsibility. The university collaborates with 36
participating school districts in Los Angeles, Orange, and
San Bernardino Counties.
Special Education University Intern Program is a two year
program and has three opportunities to earn a Preliminary
Level 1 Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate,
Moderate/Severe, or Early Childhood. The California
Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the
National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education
(NCATE) have accredited the program. The requirements of
IDEA, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, the
California Curricular Frameworks and Standards, the
California Reading Initiative also serve as underpinnings
for instruction, supervision, and evaluation.
have the option of enrolling in the M.A. in Special
Education Program courses. Interns who have a general
education credential are not required to complete
the general education coursework and can simultaneously
take courses for the M.A. in Special Education.
Intern Program has a pre-service phase. Interns are
introduced to the field of Special Education, how to
manage learning environments in general and special
education, and develop strategies for teaching students
who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
Profession Individual Induction Plan guides the intern
throughout the program. The Induction Plan is reviewed
mid-program and then evaluated at the completion of the
program. A Professional Portfolio is started in the
initial fieldwork experience, reviewed mid-program, and
evaluated during the final fieldwork experience.
responsibility for assessing the fieldwork performance of
participants is shared among support providers, site
administrators, university supervisors, and full and
part-time faculty. Interns are supervised each semester
and they are assessed during fieldwork experiences using
the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and
The Standards of Program Quality and Effectiveness for
Educational Specialist Credential Programs.
by Carrie Ann Blackaller, Ph.D.