Welcome

The Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University offers programs that prepare special educators and speech-language pathologists to enter professional practice in today’s increasingly multicultural and multilingual society.  Candidates seeking careers in programs for people with disabilities in schools, clinics, hospitals and community agencies will find a range of options at SFSU. Programs include the doctorate of philosophy degree (Ph.D.), master's degrees, graduate certificates, teaching and clinical rehabilitative services credentials,  an undergraduate degree and minor in Special Education and Communicative Disorders. The Department has pioneered many of the models for programs and services for individual with disabilities.

Programs in the Department are accredited by the California Council for Teacher Certification, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Our faculty members are known nationally and internationally for their specializations that include:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Bilingual Development
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Education for English Language Learners
  • Inclusive Education
  • Language Development And Disorders
  • Language and Learning Disabilities
  • Literacy Development
  • Moderate to Severe Disabilities
  • Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Transition to Work
  • Visual Impairment