Welcome to the Department of Special Education
–is to develop the untapped potential of individuals with disabilities, talents, and diverse backgrounds and to make a significant positive impact on the learning and life environments of people with exceptionalities.
-improving outcomes through professional development and social change
Fall 2015 classes started August 24th. If you are interested in taking courses this Fall, 2015 or Spring 2016 the only option is to take them through Open University through College of Extended Studies.
Open University students will be considered by the instructor of each course and permission to take a class will be provided ONLY if there is space available.
Courses that can be taken through Open University include prerequisite courses for all credential programs.
For courses to meet the requirements for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board visit the Advanced Certificate in Behavior Analysis web page.
New Applications for Fall 2016
*Applications for Fall 2016 Opens October 1, 2015 -- March 1, 2016 with priority deadline of February 1, 2016.
Applying is a 2 step process:
- Apply to SDSU through CSUMentor
- Apply to the Department of Special Education by completing the
Supplementary Program Application
If you need information:
Attend a Group Advising Session
Group advising sessions focusing on general program information for the preliminary credential program and the application process are held at various times throughout the semester. For a current list of dates, times & locations please visit the Office of Student Services Group Advising website.
Do You Want to Make a Difference?
The Department of Special Education is committed to making a
difference for people with disabilities and their families by increasing
their success in schools, workplaces, and community settings. We train
the teachers that make that difference. Whether you are thinking of
becoming a teacher, specializing with a Master's, or culminating your
studies with a doctorate, the department of special education can help
you realize your goals.
Programs that make a difference
The Department of Special Education offers Preliminary and Clear Education Specialist credentials, Masters Programs, and a joint doctoral program with Claremont College. Some programs are offered on the Imperial Valley campus as well. Areas of emphasis include: