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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 Fall 2016 for Credential Programs

Click here for details on How To Apply

Domestic Deadline:
July 1st, 2016
International Deadline: April 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 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


*Summer 2016 Course offerings:

EDSE 224 (contact department for more information)

EDSE 218C (register through Special Sessions by completing this form)


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Lurie College of Education Scholarships


Log in to Academic Works to complete applications by clicking . Read the directions on the home page, fill out the general application and Lurie College of Education conditional application. You will be directed to recommend scholarships. Deadline to apply is July 31st!

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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 2016 Dates/Deadlines

01.28.16: First Day of Instruction
02.09.16: Last Day to Drop a Class w/o "W" grade
02.16.16: Last Day to Add for Spring and Register Late
03.28.16: Spring Break (till 04.01.2016)
03.31.16: Cesar Chavez Day - Campus Closed 
05.16.16: Last Day of Instruction for Spring - Last Day of Classes
05.18.16: First Day of Final Exams
05.24.16: Last Day of Final Exams
05.27.16: Spring 2016 Grades from Faculty - Preliminary Deadline
05.30.16Memorial Day - Campus Closed
05.31.16: Final Spring 2016 Grades from Faculty - Final Deadline
06.03.16: 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