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San Diego State University


Welcome to the Department of Special Education  


Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2019 

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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

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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


Funding Opportunity

Project BEAMS:  Behavioral, Emotional and Mental Health Supports in Schools: Collaborative Practices to Improve Special Educator & School Psychologist Training

The Department of Special Education in collaboration with the School Psychology program at SDSU recently received a federal grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to prepare Masters level Special Educators and School Psychologists with a focus on behavior and mental health.

The first cohort of MA students will be admitted for Fall 2018 and will receive two years of funding.

All applicants must meet the University and Special Education Department application Deadline of March 1st 2018 in order to be eligible for the grant.

Contact: Dr. Bonnie Kraemer @ for additional information and the grant application. 

Website: Project BEAMS 

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