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     The Department of Special Education at San José State University offers Education Specialist 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. 

 LCOE Scholarship Opportunity

The Lurie College of Education is Offering $1,000 scholarships for the first ten applicants admitted into one of the Education Speciliast Credential Programs for the Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 Semesters. 



NOW ACCEPTING Credential Program Applications for Summer and Spring 2017

Summer 2017

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

International Deadline: April 1st
Domestic Deadline: May 31st


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:



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
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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