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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Master's in Education, Special Education: Moderate Severe (M.A.) 

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. Submit official transcript(s) and test scores: Take the GRE exam and request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU.  We have access to this information.

    Read more about transcripts and test scores

Other Items Requested 

For this program you are NOT required to complete the second Program application.  Instead applicants must complete the Cal State Apply application and complete the following steps:

  1. Hold a valid California Clear or Preliminary Ed Specialist credential for Moderate/Severe:  Admissions staff will verify this on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) website. Those who hold a preliminary credential can complete the coursework for the Clear credential while completing the Master's, if desired.

  2. Letter of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are only required if you did not attend SDSU for your preliminary credential.  If you earned your preliminary SPED credential at a school other than SDSU, then please contact two individuals who you have interacted with professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. You can have these letters emailed to the admission staff at
NOTE: Starting Fall 2018, employment verification will be required to enroll in the Special Education Clear Credential program.  You must be employed as"teacher of record" -- substitute teaching and aid positions would not meet this requirement.


If you have questions about the applying to this program, contact or visit the SPED MA in Early Childhood Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2017)
March 1, 2018
Transcripts and GRE scores due
April 1, 2018
College of Education Office of Student Services