Megan Chaney, Ed.D.
Early Childhood Preliminary Credential
School of Education
Explore Early Childhood Preliminary Credential
Gain knowledge of both historical and contemporary theoretical, philosophical, legal, and empirical influences’ underlying evidence-based practice in the field of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. You will use this knowledge to shape your practice with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, families, administrators, community organizations and agencies.You will also gain skills in:
- Assessment and evaluation to apply appropriate interventions
- Understanding of the range of authentic, appropriate, formal and informal assessment
- Evaluation approaches and strategies
- The influence of specific disabilities on development and learning
- Guaranteed course enrollment within cohort sequence means no wait listing.
- Courses are held in the evenings and weekends, with coursework taught in online, blended and traditional models.
- Option to complete Master of Arts in Special Education with additional units.
- Personalized advising with support by program director and 24-hour response time during the work week.
- Mentoring provides candidates with customized individualized support during field placements, practicums, and independent teaching experiences.
- Integration of faith/teaching/learning.
- Classes are small, allowing for a personalized learning experience
- Professors are current in the field of education, help problem-solve, and promote a dialogue of issues of practice within your setting.
- Innovative and researched based.
Claudia Norris, MS
Sarah Johnson, Ed.D.
This authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, and provide instructional and Special Education Support to students from birth through kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention special education and related services, to individuals with a primary disability in specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, autism, moderate/severe intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities including developmental delay and a disabling medical condition in services across the continuum of program options available.
Candidates may be admitted to the education specialist credential program in the spring or summer and enroll in Foundational Coursework. Spring and summer Jump Start/Foundational Coursework is SPEC 601 and SPEC 602. Candidates will then proceed into the cohort start in the fall semester.
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First Steps to Admission
- Apply online
- Submit 2-3 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
- Include statement of intent.
You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
- Request official transcripts.
Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to email@example.com or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
- Complete program requirements.
These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
- Apply for financial aid.
You can apply for FAFSA. Use FPU school code: 001253
- Schedule an appointment.
Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: As a result of COVID-19, admission requirements have temporarily been simplified. Please contact your program representative for more information.
- Addendum to Graduate Application: Special Education
- Three graduate reference forms
- Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
- Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance
- Educational plan form
- Subject matter testing requirements:
- Official CBEST results
- Official CSET results
- One CSET subtest passed for admission
- All CSET subtests passed prior to third term (CSET is not required for Early Childhood Special Education candidates)
Cost & Financial Aid
The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition per Unit Amount 700 Level $705 Teacher Education $705 MBA $757* MSN and LEAD $720 KIN $570 Other Costs Amount Student services fee (per semester) $60 * Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
Tuition per Unit Amount 700 Level $690 Teacher Education $690 MBA $757* MSN and LEAD $710 KIN $560
* Fall 2020 & later cohorts
Other Costs Amount Student services fee (per semester) $60 * Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.
Types of aid
Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.
Specialists with this credential may provide educational services to children from birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention, special education, and/or related services under federal and state laws. Serves ages infant to 5.
Career Development Happens Here
The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.
- Resume writing classes
- Career assessments, exploration & planning
- Job search and networking opportunities
- and much more