Special Education Teaching Credential (Preliminary with Special Education MA) Admissions

Application Deadline

Spring Semester applications due October 15

Fall Semester applications due March 15


Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree: must be posted by the time student enters program*

  • 3.0 GPA overall in baccalaureate coursework*

  • Written English Proficiency Requirement (WEP)*

  • Early Field Experience in a public school classroom

  • Subject Matter Competency (Early Childhood Special Education students are exempt) 

  • Certificate of Clearance (COC) Fingerprint Requirement

  • Basic Skills Requirement 

* Applicants may petition to be exempt from these requirements only if they have previously earned a Master's degree in Special Education.


Application Requirements


How to Apply


Download the program application forms

Program Admissions Packets


Step 1: Application to Division of Graduate Studies

You must first apply to the university through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you are a US resident follow the Domestic Students procedure. If you are a non-US resident follow the International Students procedure.


Step 2: Confirm Admission Status of University Application

After submitting your applications to the Division of Graduate Studies online through Cal State Apply you can confirm your admission status on your SF State Gateway account.


Step 3: Application to Program

You must also apply directly to the Credential Services Center within the Graduate College of Education for this program.

The application process takes multiple steps. The easiest way to apply is to download and carefully read the Special Education Programs Admissions Packet.


Step 4: Confirm Status of Program Application

Faculty will interview applicants with complete applications who meet minimum qualifications and program expectations. If selected for an interview, applicants will be notified by mail 2 to 3 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by mail of the admission decision 2 to 3 weeks after the interview. There will be a mandatory orientation in May for applicants who are recommended admission for Fall and the first week of January for those who are recommended admission for Spring. 



If you have questions about the admissions process please contact Credential and Graduate Services at 415-405-3594 or credinfo@sfsu.edu.