Applying to Education Specialist Instruction Credentials


Applicants who are seeking the Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential are required to also apply to the Master of Arts Degree in Special Education. Exceptions can be made by petition for Credential applicants who already hold a Master’s degree. Credential applicants must select a program area from one of the following:

Application Deadlines

Applications for fall semester are due March 15

Applications for spring semester are due October 15

Application Requirements for All Applicants

Applicants must fulfill the following admission requirements

Additional Requirements for Credential Applicants

  • Early Field Experience in a public school classroom. (O&M students are exempt)
  • Subject Matter Competency (ECSE and O&M students are exempt)
  • Certificate of Clearance (COC) Fingerprint Requirement
  • Basic Skills Requirement

Application Process

Step 1:

  • Complete a University application (CSU Mentor)
  • Submit original transcripts from all universities attended

Step 2:

  • Complete a Department application (Special Education).
    Select Program area of emphasis for the degree and credential
  • Submit original transcripts from all universities attended

Step 3:

After submitting your applications you can confirm your admission status on your
SFSU Gateway account.