How to Apply

University and Program Admission Requirements

  • The purpose of the Master of Arts program with a concentration in Secondary Education is to support beginning teachers in developing and reflecting on their practice in relation to recent and continuing research on teaching and learning in their subject areas. Also offered is the MA in Mathematics Education program which is to promote and support teacher-leaders to be knowledgeable both in mathematics content and in the use of pedagogical practices that enable all students to learn mathematics.
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  • The Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education is a professional degree that emphasizes research and leadership skills in an individually designed program within an area of emphasis in the field of special education. The degree prepares professionals for employment in schools and other public and private agencies serving people with disabilities of all ages. Emphasis areas within the department provide students with an opportunity to learn from, and participate in, on-going research, demonstration, training, and clinical projects conducted by faculty.
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  • The Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences MS includes the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. The speech-language pathology curriculum is designed to train competent, culturally sensitive speech-language pathologists who can appreciate and understand the importance of research in clinical practice. In order to accomplish this goal, a multitude of academic and clinical experiences are provided to the students, under the direction of skilled instructors, clinical researchers and supervisors both on and off campus. The development of clinical skills requires academic knowledge, the ability to understand and engage in research, and a sensitivity to clients' needs, values and cultures.
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  • The SF State doctoral program in Educational Leadership provides a unique, challenging, nurturing, and transformative experience, preparing students to carry the work of leadership, social justice, and equity into their work and beyond. The San Francisco State Ed.D. program is focused on both P-12 and higher education. Our accelerated three-year timeline and weekend class schedule make this an excellent program for practitioners currently working in the field and looking to take their career to the next level.
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  • San Francisco State University (Graduate College Of Education) and the University Of California, Berkeley (Graduate School Of Education) jointly offer a PH.D. program in Special Education. The program is aimed at preparing high level leaders in research, teaching, administration, and supervision for the variety of professional needs facing children, youth, and adults with disabilities. It integrates the resources of the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University and provides an opportunity for students to combine theoretical interests with applied practices in a broad spectrum of specializations within Special Education.
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Cal State Apply - Credential Application Tutorial Videos

The videos below provide assistance with navigating the SFSU Cal State Apply process. Please note that if you are a doctoral or master's only applicant, please contact your academic department with any Cal State Apply related questions.

If you have questions about the different quadrants or need credential-related assistance, please contact the Credential & Graduate Services Center at (415) 405-3594 or

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