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
- Initial Eligibility and Requirements
- Curriculum and Roadmaps
- Upcoming Info Sessions
- 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); June 1 (Fall); November 1 (Spring)
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent
- Minimum GPA of 2.75
- Completion of Certificate of Clearance
- Completion of California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) - This requirement can be met in one of six ways. For more information, visit ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667 [pdf]
- Completion of California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) (3 sections) or Subject Matter Competency through Undergraduate degree. Contact Credentials office: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Preliminary: Mild to Moderate [pdf] (39 units)
- Preliminary: Moderate to Severe [pdf] (36 units)
- Preliminary: Early Childhood [pdf] (33 units)
Preliminary Credential with Intern Option
- Preliminary: Mild to Moderate [pdf] (51 units)
- Preliminary: Moderate to Severe [pdf] (51 units)
- Preliminary: Early Childhood [pdf] (48 units)
Preliminary Credential for candidates with clear single or multiple subject credential
- GE: Mild to Moderate [pdf] (30 units, 2 semesters)
- GE: Moderate to Severe [pdf] (30 units, 2 semesters)
- GE: Mild to Moderate with Intern Option [pdf] (36 units, 2 semesters)
- GE: Moderate to Severe with Intern Option [pdf] (36 units, 2 semesters)
Preliminary Credential and Masters of Art Degree
- MA: Mild to Moderate [pdf](54 units)
- MA: Moderate to Severe [pdf] (54 units)
- MA: Early Childhood [pdf](48 units)
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.
All of the following must be completed by the Admission Deadline to be considered into a program of interest. View our department application checklist (last revised March 2021) to assist you.
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 email@example.com. Questions pertaining to transcripts, GPA calculations, and application fees should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3 | Apply to the Department of Special Education
- Attend an upcoming Information Session
- Complete our Department Application
- Complete our Pre-Professional Experience form [pdf]
- Submit 2 letters of recommendation [pdf]
- Email your Department Application to email@example.com
Subject Matter Competence Requirement
For candidates applying to the Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe K-12 programs you will need to take a CSET exam as an admission requirement. For those interested in working in K-8 settings, take the Multiple Subject exam all 3 sub tests.
For those interested in teaching high school grades 9-12 take one of the several Single Subject Exams - 3 sub tests offered as follows: art, English, foreign language, mathematics including foundational math, music, social science or science including foundational level general science or a specialized science such as biology.
For candidates applying to the Early Childhood Special Ed credential you do not take the CSET exam but instead must have 9 units of early childhood courses on a transcript. The courses should cover the early years of childhood, developmental milestones or families. This needs to be approved by the ECSE coordinator, Dr Hughes.
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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Phone: 408 924 3541
Fax: 408 924 3713
Office Hours: Monday-Friday | 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
Senior Credential Analyst
For information about advising, financial aid opportunities, forms, and more, visit our Student Resources webpage.