Note: WGU Special Education students who want to become certified in California must first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program. This process requires a USOE background check. They can then apply for a reciprocal California credential after receiving their Utah license.
In California, this program leads to a Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and a Level 1 Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12.
The WGU BASP program does not lead to an English Learner Authorization. Nor does this program lead to an ASD Authorization Standard 1: Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder AASE (Added Authorization-Autism Spectrum Disorder). Details on what areas and in what settings the Education Specialist credential authorizes you to teach are found in CL-808.
If you wish to add either of these authorizations to your California credentials, you will need to complete the requirements outside of the WGU BASP program.
|Required Exams for Licensure|
|1. Elementary Education Content Exam||
You must pass this exam to graduate from this program and be recommended for certification.
Or, if passed prior to 7/1/2015, Praxis 5031.
Or, if passed prior to 9/1/2012, Praxis 5014.
|2. Special Education Content Exam||
Special Education Content Exam: Praxis 5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications OR Praxis 5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications
Or, if passed prior to 9/1/10, Praxis 5542.
You must pass one of these exams to graduate from the program and be recommended for certification. The Praxis 5543 is the recommended exam because it also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement. All students in a Special Education program who matriculated on or after 9/1/2011 must meet the WGU Program Requirement.
Because WGU BASP graduates apply for their California credentials via reciprocity with Utah, they do not need to satisfy California's U.S. Constitution requirement. Nor do they need to complete any CSET content exams.
Visit these links for more important information:
General Information About Licensing in Utah and California
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submit your exam scores to WGU and the Utah State Office of Education
Applying for Your California Teaching License
Article Number: 19395, 1910