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San Diego State University


Applications for all Department of Special Education
programs are now OPEN!

SDSU will not be holding Spring Admissions.

Applications for Fall 2014 will be considered starting in February
with a deadline of March 1, 2014.

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:

  • Check SPED website (under Programs and Prospective) OR
  • Visit the Office of Student Services located in EBA 259 OR
  • Attend Group Advising Meeting for Preliminary Credential candidates (date/time/location TBD).

If you need assistance with the Supplementary Program Application:

Attend a special session for Special Education applicants to be held November 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM in NE 278A being organized by Office of Students Services Manager Lisa McCully and Advising and Recruitment Specialist Jackie Fuller.

Open University 

If you are interested in taking courses this Spring 2014 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.


Transition Specialization Certificate Program (TSCP)

Information for the new certificate program offered through the Department of Special Education.

Update on Level II/Clear Induction Credential

Click here for more details. 

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 Level II/Clear 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:

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Special Education


The Department of Special Education recently received two large grants from the United States Department of Education to fund credential students in two areas: Autism & Transition (1.2 Million) and Bilingual Special Education for those who also wish to pursue a credential Multiple or Single Subjects Bilingual Credential in the Department of Policy Studies (1.6 Million). Find out more...