San Diego State University Imperial County Special Education Teacher Preparation Program
The program model for preparing special education teachers in
Imperial County was designed in collaboration with the Imperial County
SELPA, the school districts, and faculty from San Diego State
University. The program design incorporates an interagency collaboration
approach, as well as key features of university-rural community
The program was designed for Imperial County special education
teachers who qualify for the California Internship credential.
Participants in turn, make a commitment to complete their Level I
specialist credential in two years. Though the courses are offered in
Imperial County during the school year, the program itself is a main
campus program. The SDSU Department of Special Education has developed
and implemented rules for admission into the program for students
entering all special education credential programs, these rules apply to
Imperial County students as well.
Individuals who are interested in participating in the SDSU/Imperial
County Special Education Internship Program must be aware of the
following program requirements:
First, participants must apply and be admitted as a fully
matriculated student to San Diego State University. Students are only
permitted to enroll in courses through Open University for one semester.
Second, participants must apply for admission to the department of
special education. Students from Imperial County are allowed to enroll
in special education program courses for ONE YEAR prior to completing
all prerequisites. Within that first year, students are expected to
enroll in summer school on main campus to take care of prerequisite
courses. The grant pays the participant's tuition and provides them with
a stipend for living expenses.
Subject Matter Competency (Liberal Studies Major or pass the MSAT/CSET test)
Certificate of Clearance and Negative TB Test
ED 451 - Introduction to Multicultural Education OR SPED 527 - SPED in a Pluralistic Society
SPED 500 - Human Exceptionality
SPED 501 - Typical & Atypical Learning Processes
SPED 502 - Field Experience in General and Special Education
SPED 524 - Characteristics and Education Mild/Moderate
If the student fails to complete prerequisites within that first
year, they will not be allowed to enroll in special education courses
the following year.
Third, the federal grant provides tuition support as well as
partial stipend scholarships for students who hold the Internship
Credential. Further, participants are eligible for full tuition
scholarships and living stipends when enrolled in summer coursework on
the main campus. Participants who are interested in financial support
(tuition and stipends) must complete an application for scholarship
support. Call our Special Education Projects office at (619) 594-3745
and ask for an IVC scholarship application and a Special Education
Contact Information for San Diego State / Imperial County Program:
Contact Dr. Jose Luis Alvarado, Project Coordinator.