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San Diego State University


Welcome to the Department of Special Education  

Our Mission

  • 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.

Our Focus

  • improving outcomes through professional development and social change


New Applications for Fall 2018

Applying is a 2 step process:
  1. Apply to SDSU through Cal State Apply
  2. Apply to the Department of Special Education by completing the appropriate Program application

    For issues, status or concerns about your online application, contact Melanie Falkenberg at or (619) 594-6117 

If you need information:


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:


SPED Graduates 2014

Masters students and Faculty Graduation 2014

Grant Funded Research in 20 high schools is Underway!

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Laura J. Hall and Bonnie Kraemer Co-PIs


Additional Projects and Grants:

Anne Graves PD



Project Surfboard 
Laura J. Hall and Yasemin Turan-Qian Co-PDs

autism programs  

Transition Specialization Certificate Program (TSCP)
Information for the new certificate program offered through the Department of Special Education. 
Bonnie Kraemer PD