How To Apply

Minimum Requirements
Step 1. Admission to University Graduate Studies
Step 2. Admission to Department of Special Education
Admissions Procedure


Minimum Requirements

In order to be eligible for any of our programs in the Special Education Department, you must meet ALL of the following requirements.

    • Bachelors Degree or equivalent on or before the beginning of the admission semester.
    • Minimum of 3.0 GPA for MA program
    • Minimum of 2.87 GPA for Education Specialist Credential Programs (Please keep in mind that those that are admitted into the program MUST maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to file a Education Specialist Instruction Credential)
    • Certificate of Clearance
    • CBEST and CSET (all parts) must be passed before admission semester for Education Specialist Credential Programs
    • MA Writing Assessment or GRE (at least 4.0 score on Writing Section) for MA Program
    • All documents and requirements for the Department Application
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ALL of the following must be completed by the Admission Deadline to be considered into a program of interest:

Step 1. Admission to the University Graduate Studies

  1. Apply ONLINE at CSUMentor. There will be a $55 application fee.
  2. Submit one officially sealed trancript from each college where you studied. If you completed your undergraduate at San Jose State University, you do NOT need to submit your own SJSU transcript. Send or deliver transcript to:

Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations
San Jose State University 
One Washington Square 
San Jose, CA 95192-0017

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Step 2. Admission to the Department of Special Education

1. Attend an Orientation

2. Complete Department Application



5. Send above items to:

San Jose State University 
Department of Special Education 
One Washington Square, SH 204
San Jose, CA 95192-0078

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Admissions Procedure

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make certain that all admission materials are received by the designated application deadline. 

Your admission will be based on a holistic review of your application. These criteria, which carry no pre-assigned weights, include:

    • Candidate's full record of achievement
    • Candidate's statement of purpose
    • Letters of recommendation that attest for candidate's qualifications
    • Passing of required exams for program of interest

If selected, you will be invited for an interview with a graduate advisor who will determine your final eligibility into the program.

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Start the application process early! Send in your required documents as soon as possible to avoid an incomplete application file.

    • Secure your letters of recommendation early. If your letters of recommendation are not received by the department, your file cannot be processed.
    • Submit an official transcript to GAPE as soon as possible for graduate admissions to process.

Seek outside funding to help pay for graduate school. Regardless of what institution you are applying to, having your own funding can only work in your favor.

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