Thank you for your interest in the Department of Special Education! Programs currently being offered through our department are listed below:

Education Specialist Instruction Credential

Individuals interested in becoming Special Education teachers complete coursework and field experiences in one of the following areas:

  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Moderate to Severe Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Special Education

Optional additions to Education Specialist Instruction Credential (other requirements apply):

Intern Option 

Candidates can choose to complete a credential program as an Intern, which allows them employment as a first year special education teacher while enrolled in courses.

Concurrent Option

Designed to result in a Preliminary Multiple Subject or a Single Subject Credential AND an Education Specialist Instruction Preliminary Credential in Mild to Moderate Disabilities.


Masters in Education

MA degree with a concentration in Special Education.

Reminder: To be a teacher in California's public schools, you must have a teaching credential, not a Master's Degree.


Added Authorizations

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)


Autism Certificate

You can become the expert about Autism Spectrum Disorders in your school or workplace. The courses are online with some fieldwork requirements that involve observing classes for students that have Asperger's Syndrome, observing in an Occupational Therapy clinic, mentoring college students who have ASD, and/or talking about the strengths and challenges of children on the spectrum. 


Undergraduates: Minor in Special Education

Current SJSU pursuing a Bachelor's degree may choose to minor in Special Education.


Clear Program

Clear Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program


Note : All prospective students are highly encouraged to attend an Orientation.