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San Diego State University


Welcome to the Department of Special Education  

Our Mission

–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.

Our Focus

-improving outcomes through professional development and social change


  • Final Admissions Orientation Meeting for Special Education Preliminary Credential Program Candidates Starting Fall 2015 Will Be Held August 20, 2015, at 5:00 PM in NE-60.
  • The matrix for the course content hours for the BACB is available here!
*Applications for Fall 2016 Opens October 1, 2015 -- March 1, 2016 with priority deadline of February 1, 2016. 

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Applying is a 2 step process:

  1. Apply to SDSU through CSUMentor
  2. 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.

Open University

If you are interested in taking courses this Spring, 2015 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.

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 San Diego high schools begins this Fall!

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  

Facilitating Effective Education of Students with Autism for a Smooth Transition 
Bonnie Kraemer and Laura J. Hall (Co-PDs)

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