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Education - Special Education, Department of

Introduction

Graduates of the Department of Special Education are advocates for children. Our programs provide the knowledge and expertise necessary to teach students and young children with disabilities, to serve as change agents, and to help make lives the very best they can be. Our alumni are passionate about learning and education. We offer preparation for the Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential in three areas (mild to moderate disabilities, moderate to severe disabilities, and early childhood special education) that can be completed as an Intern (or first year teacher) or as a traditional student. The Concurrent Option is the opportunity to earn the Education Specialist Mild to Moderate Disabilities Credential and the Multiple Subjects and/or Single Subjects Credential at the same time. We also have programs for the Added Authorizations in Early Childhood Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as the Certificate in Theory, Knowledge and Practice about Autism Spectrum Disorders. We offer a Master's of Arts degree with a Special Education specialization.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education Colleges (NCATE) accredit all teaching credential programs. CCTC identifies and defines the standards that all teachers must satisfy for the credential; students in the Department of Special Education programs meet these standards with completion of the program and then are recommended to CCTC for the Education Specialist credential.

Credential Programs Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to SJSU.
  2. Application and required documents for admission to the Department of Special Education.
  3. Graduation from an accredited university or college.
  4. Passing scores on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).
  5. Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75.
  6. Completion of pre-professional experience.
  7. Passing scores on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).
  8. Department interview with passing results.
  9. Completion of 165 pre-service coursework hours for Interns.
  10. U.S. Constitution requirement for Interns.
  11. It is recommended that any individual interested in applying for a program attend an orientation meeting and visit the website at www.sjsu.edu/specialed.

MA Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to SJSU.
  2. Application and required documents for admission to the Department of Special Education.
  3. Graduation from an accredited university or college.
  4. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.
  5. Department interview with passing results.
  6. A passing score on the Department of Special Education writing assessment.
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