Undergraduate Programs

EDSE 14 Sign Language

Our department offers a minor in deaf education or special education so that SJSU undergraduate students can develop a foundation in dimensions of special education around language, ability, and inclusion while also connecting with other SJSU students from across the university.

Additionally, we've teamed up with the SJSU Liberal Studies program to offer a Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) program so that SJSU undergraduate students can simultaneously earn a BA in Liberal Studies, Education Specialist Credential, and MA in Special Education.

Learn more about each opportuntiy below. If you have any questions about adding one of our minors to your academic plan, contact our Special Education Department.

Minor in Deaf Education

Develop a basic understanding of American Sign Language, introduction to deaf culture, and speech, language, and typical development over 4 courses.

  • EDSE 14A: American Sign Language - 1
  • EDSE 14B: American Sign Language - 2
  • EDSE 115: Introduction to Deaf Culture
  • EDSE 102: Speech, Language & Typical Development

Learn more about each of these courses on the SJSU Catalog website.

Minor in Special Education

Earn this minor by completing a 4-course track in either Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities, Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities, or Early Childhood Special Education. Courses taken for the Minor in Special Education can also be used towards one of our Education Specialist Credential Programs. You must obtain a bachelor's degree before you can enroll in the credential program.

Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities

  • EDSE 102 - Speech, Language & Typical Development
  • EDSE 241 - Emerging Technology for all
  • EDSE 192A - Including and Supporting Students
  • EDSE 216A - Teaching Reading and Language Arts

Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities

  • EDSE 102 - Speech, Language & Typical Development
  • EDSE 110 - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EDSE 192A - Including and Supporting Students
  • EDSE 216A - Teaching Reading and Language Arts

Early Childhood Special Education

  • EDSE 102 - Speech, Language & Typical Development
  • EDSE 110 - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EDSE 104 - Atypical Development
  • EDSE 108 - Assessment and Evaluation

Learn more about each of these courses on the SJSU Catalog website.

Steps to Request to Add a Minor

In order to earn a minor in Special Education or Deaf Education, you must declare your minor with the University by first meeting with an academic advisor in the Student Success Center.  Please make an appointment with Angela Iraheta through Spartan Connect, or email her at angela.iraheta@sjsu.edu 

Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Program

The Lurie College of Education’s Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) programs provide undergraduate students with an accelerated path to a teaching credential and masters degree. SJSU students can apply for SAGE programs when they meet the eligibility requirements, typically during their junior years.

SAGE scholars pursue their bachelor’s and graduate degrees simultaneously, earning graduate credit as undergraduate students. These programs provide a rigorous and cohesive educational experience that integrates subject matter, pedagogy and research. The benefits are numerous, including:

  1. reducing the number of units to earn the bachelor’s, credential and master’s degrees
  2. allowing students to pay undergraduate fees for some graduate courses
  3. providing students with a seamless application when applying to a graduate career

Learn more about the specifics of our BA, Liberal Studies, Education Specialist Credential, and MA in Special Education SAGE program on the SJSU Catalog website.

Mathematics,Integrated Teacher Educaton Program (ITEP)

The Lurie College of Education’s ITEP program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated path to a teaching credential. SJSU students begin taking credential courses during their junior year and take classes in both the Single Subject and Education Specialist Mild Moderate credential. This unique Math ITEP  provides candidates with an opportunity to complete the:

  1. BA in Math + Single Subject Credential in Math in 4 years
  2. Education Specialist Credential with MA in SPED in the 5th year.

For more information about the Math ITEP contact David Goulette: david.goulette@sjsu.edu for admission information. Students in the ITEP program may be eligible for additional funding. More information on the  SJSU catalog website.

More SJSU Lurie College of Education Helpful Undergraduate Resources

  • Student Success Center - Utilize this space in Sweeney Hall 106 to meet with academic advisors, get writing support, attend workshops, and more.

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