Our K-12 communities are in need of caring, passionate, reflective educators who are committed to social justice, such as Rennéa Phillips featured above. This is especially true in the field of special education since there is a significant shortage of teachers according to a recent report from the Learning Policy Insitute.
- Overview of Programs
- Curriculum and Roadmaps
- Teacher Residency Program
- Intern Option
- Upcoming Info Sessions
- Eligibility and Requirements
- Steps To Apply
- Complete the Credential Requirements
- Additional Student Resources
- Format: Hybrid, evenings, full time or part time
- Units: 30-51 units - view our roadmaps for more information
- Start date: Summer, Fall, Spring.
- Program length: Typically 12 - 18 months / 3 semesters
- Application deadline: April 1 (Summer); July 1 (Fall); November 1 (Spring)
Preliminary Credential (Entered program prior to Summer 2022)
- Preliminary: Mild to Moderate [pdf] (39 units)
- Preliminary: Moderate to Severe [pdf] (36 units)
- Preliminary: Early Childhood [pdf] (33 units)
Masters of Arts in Special Education ( Entered program prior to Summer 2022)
- MA: Mild to Moderate [pdf](54 units)
- MA: Moderate to Severe [pdf] (54 units)
- MA: Early Childhood [pdf](48 units)
Preliminary Credential with Masters of Arts in Special Education ( Entered program in Summer 2022 and after)
- MA + ECSE - Summer Start [pdf]
- MA + ECSE - Fall Start [pdf]
- MA + ECSE - Spring Start [pdf]
- MA + MMSN & ESN - Summer Start [pdf]
- MA + MMSN & ESN - Fall Start [pdf]
- MA + MMSN & ESN - Spring Start [pdf]
Masters of Arts in Special Education ( Entered program in Summer 2022 and after)
Teacher Residency Program
Complete this academic program in 1 year while also receiving year-long clinical practice with a Mentor Teacher, significant financial aid, and more. Visit our Teacher Residency Program webpage for more information.
- Residency Program: Mild to Moderate [pdf] (45 units, summer-fall-spring)
- Residency Program: Moderate to Severe [pdf] (45 units, summer-fall-spring)
- Residency Program: Early Childhood [pdf] (39 units, summer-fall-spring)
Candidates enrolled in this option are able to complete the credential program as an intern, which allows them employment as a special education teacher while taking courses at SJSU. Eligible applicants are encouraged to attend an Intern Orientation and to visit the Intern webpage for more information regarding this option.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent
- Minimum GPA of 2.75
- Completion of 45 hours of pre-professional experience observing, volunteering, or working with children of any age in various settings. If you need assistance with identifying a placement for these hours, contact our Student Success Center.
- Completion of Certificate of Clearance
- Completion of California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) - Alternate options for meeting Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) besides CBEST, visit Options for meeting BSR
- Completion of California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) (3 sections) or Subject Matter Competency through Undergraduate degree.
- Visit : Verifying Subject Matter Competence
- Contact Credentials office: email@example.com
- Candidates applying to the Early Childhood Special Education Credential no CSET is required, instead must have 9 units of Child Development courses on a transcript. The courses should cover early years of childhood, developmental milestones or families. This needs to be approved by Dr. Lisa Simpson.
Step 1 | Begin your Cal State Apply application
Visit calstate.edu/apply to create your application profile and pay the $70 CSU application fee.
Step 2 | Submit your transcripts
Obtain one official sealed transcript from each college/university where you studied and submit the official sealed transcript(s) to:
Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0017
If the college/university provides official electronic transcripts, the institution can email the transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions pertaining to transcripts, GPA calculations, and application fees should be directed to email@example.com.
Credential students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to file a Education Specialist Instruction Credential.
CCTC Education Specialist Standards
Students in the Education Specialist Teaching Credential programs are expected to demonstrate competence in each area addressed by the Program Standards, the Specialty Standards and the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) as outlined in the California Commission Education Specialist Teaching and Other Related Services Credential Program Standards [pdf], and listed below. In addition, there are three SPED standards.
Teacher Performance Expectations
Programs are responsible for assessing each candidate on the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) prior to recommending a candidate for the preliminary credential program. TPEs are identified by specific assigned TPE elements which are aligned with course outcomes and assignments in each syllabus.
Click on the link below of the credential program you are enrolled in to review the TPEs and their descriptions as defined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
- Mild Moderate [pdf] - " Preliminary Education Specialist Credential"
- Extensive Support Needs [pdf] - "Preliminary Education Specialist Credential"
- Early Childhood Special Education [pdf] - "Preliminary Education Specialist Credential"
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Senior Credential Analyst
For information about advising, financial aid opportunities, forms, and more, visit our Student Resources webpage.