Students @ SJSUSpartan SquadStudents artwork


     The Department of Special Education at San José State University offers Education Specialist (teaching) Credential programs for individuals who want to teach students and young children with disabilities. We also offer a Masters of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Special Education and the opportunity for undergraduate students to receive a Minor in Special Education.

     Our graduates are advocates for children, have the knowledge base that allows them to creatively meet the needs of a variety of student learners and work as change agents to make the lives of their students in school the very best. They have learned important evidence-based best practices for teaching students with disabilities and most importantly, they are passionate about learning and education.

     If you are interested in applying to any of the programs, please navigate through the Prospective Students section of our website for additional information and guidelines for admission. 



NOW ACCEPTING Admissions Applications for Spring 2017 for Credential Programs

Click here for details on How To Apply

Domestic Deadline:
December 1st, 2016
International Deadline: October 1st, 2016


If you are interested in the Intern Program and a Special Education Teacher job in the Fall, apply to the Credential Program for the Summer 2017 so that you can take the prerequisite* courses in the summer. The deadlines are as follows:


Domestic Deadline: April 1st, 2017
International Deadline: February 1st, 2017


Apply Now!

Lurie College of Education Scholarships

The Lurie College of Education is offering $1,000 scholarships for up to ten applicants admitted into one of the Education Specialist Credential Programs for the Spring 2017 Semester. Please email the Department of Special Education if you want to be considered for a scholarship and attach a brief response to the following:

Describe your vision for becoming a Special Education Teacher. How would your goals support your vision?


Graduate Equity Fellowship Award

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 Graduate Equity Fellowship awards.  Under this program, awards of $1,000-3,000 are made to graduate students admitted and enrolled in a master's degree program at San Jose State for the 2016-2017 academic year.  For more information about eligibility and the application process, please see our Graduate Equity Fellowship webpage.  Please do not hesitate to contact David Bruck or Graduate Studies if you have any questions.



Important Spring 2017 Dates/Deadlines

1.26.17: First Day of Instruction
2.7.17: Last Day to Drop a Class w/o "W" grade
2.14.17: Last Day to Add for Spring and Register Late
3.27-31.17: Spring Break (till 04.01.2016)
3.31.17: Cesar Chavez Day - Campus Closed 
5.16.17: Last Day of Instruction for Spring - Last Day of Classes
5.18.17: First Day of Final Exams
5.24.17: Last Day of Final Exams
5.26.17: Spring 2016 Grades from Faculty - Preliminary Deadline
5.29.17: Memorial Day - Campus Closed
5.30.17: Final Spring 2016 Grades from Faculty - Final Deadline
: Academic Standing Viewable on Website

Important Messages

ATTENTION ALL candidates in the Level I Credential Program!

Please note the following dates:

January 31, 2013 - The date Level I Education Specialist candidates must complete their Level I program 

December 31, 2014 - Last date to enroll candidates into the Level II Education Specialist Program 

January 31, 2019 - The date candidates must finish the Level II program