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     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. 


Additional Announcements: 

Important Intern Program Update!

NOW ACCEPTING Admissions Applications for Spring 2016 for Credential Programs

Click here for details on How To Apply

Domestic Deadline:
December 1, 2015
International Deadline: October 1, 2015


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 2016 so that you can take the prerequisite courses in the summer. The deadlines are as follows:


Domestic Deadline: May 1, 2016
International Deadline: February 1, 2016


Important Fall 2015 Dates/Deadlines

08.20.15: First Day of Instruction
09.01.15: Last Day to Drop a Class w/o "W" grade
09.07.15: Labor Day - Campus Closed
09.09.15: Last Day to Add and Register Late
11.11.15: Veteran's Day - Campus Closed
11.25.15: Classes that start at 5:00PM or later WILL NOT meet
11.26.15: Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed
11.27.15: Rescheduled Holiday - Campus Closed
12.08.15: Last Day of Instruction - Last Day of Classes
12.09.15: Study/Conference Day (no classes or exams)
12.10.15: First Day of Final Exams
12.16.15: Last Day of Final Exams
12.17.15: Final Exams Make-Up Day
12.22.15: First Day of Winter Recess
12.25.15: Christmas Holiday - Campus Closed
12.28.15: Rescheduled Holiday - Campus Closed
12.29.15: Rescheduled Holiday - Campus Closed
12.30.15: Rescheduled Holiday - Campus Closed
01.26.15: Last Day of Winter Recess

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