The Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University offers programs that prepare special educators 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.

Message from the Chairperson, Dr. Yvonne Bui

The Department of Special Education and SFSU are complying with the SF Mayor's order to shelter in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our communities. Starting on March 16 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, we will be providing instructional continuity through an online platform. There will be no SPED courses held on campus for the rest of the Spring semester. All Summer 2020 courses will also be fully online. Students should stay in regular communication with their course instructors and faculty advisors about how to access the online instruction. The SFSU campus will be closed until May 31, 2020. The health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students are our key priorities during this period.

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News & Events

SPED Calendar and Deadlines

Application Deadlines for Admission

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are accepting applications until July 1, 2020 and extending deadlines for required application documents. 

We are currently offering conditional admission without test registration, passing test scores, fingerprint clearance, and early field experience.

Students who are conditional admitted will be allowed the following extended deadlines to submit their required documentation:

  • Students must provide proof of registration for the required test(s) by July 31, 2020. 
  • Students must provide proof of Certificate of Clearance by July 31, 2020.
  • Students must provide proof of passing test scores by November 30, 2020. 

The Department of Special Education will be monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and will offer extensions to these deadlines as necessary.

Special Education (SPED)

  • March 15 (Fall) - extended to July 1, 2020
  • October 15 (Spring)