Due to an increase in COVID-19 safety precautions, the SPED office will be closed and operating virtually Monday January 3 - Friday February 4. If you need to speak with someone please send email to sped@sfsu.edu.

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

Happy New Year and welcome to Spring 2022! As we transition to coming back to campus this semester, the Department of Special Education and SFSU are complying with the state and county’s safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our communities.

From January 3-February 4, 2022, the Special Education office and staff will be available remotely, Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 pm. In-person services are expected to resume on February 7, 2022. We will update our office hours as more guidance is provided from the University. Please contact us at sped@sfsu.edu for assistance. During this period, campus facilities such as the J. Paul Leonard Library, the Mashouf Wellness Center, Cesar Chavez Student Center and most administrative buildings remain open; COVID testing and booster clinics are also open on campus.

Spring 2022 classes will begin on January 24, 2022. From January 24-February 11 (first three weeks), all courses will meet remotely (check I-learn for Zoom access). In-person classes are expected to resume on February 14.

Wishing you a healthy and engaging Spring 2022 semester!

Yvonne Bui, Chairperson
Department of Special Education

Health & Safety Commitments:

Your health and safety are our paramount concern at SF State. We ask every member of our campus community to join a pledge to make and follow plans to keep fellow students, faculty, and staff safe and well. Feeling confident, safe and well will help you focus on your academic success. To participate in Spring 2022 classes, all students are asked expected to:

• stay informed on the most up-to-date information related to SF State’s COVID-19 response and Campus Comeback plan (link here: https://together.sfsu.edu/)
• plan ahead for possible class disruptions due to COVID-19 or other unexpected events, such as unhealthy air quality caused by smoke
• take care of yourself and others by staying home when you aren’t feeling well or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, and
• follow all required health and safety guidelines, including verifying your proof of vaccination or exemption status before registering for class; and wearing a multilayered mask over your nose and mouth at all times when indoors on campus; and wash your hands as often as possible (i.e. soap and water, hand sanitizer).

Application Deadlines for Admission

  • April 1 (Fall admission)
  • November 1 (Spring admission)

GCOE Statement of Purpose:

The GCOE develops transformative and visionary educators, clinicians, and leaders for social justice, to effect change for good across the Bay Area and beyond, and to create an engaged, and productive democracy. Together we do the work necessary to understand and welcome all; to prepare equity-focused, caring, and highly skilled professionals; to identify and dismantle racist, ableist, and oppressive systems; and to build an equitable and accessible present and future.
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