The Department of Special Education recommends that prospective students familiarize themselves with the application deadlines, program guidelines, application requirements, and additional resources below.
Graduate Application Deadlines
The Department of Special Education admits new students twice per year in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Fall Admission Deadline: March 15
Spring Admission Deadline: October 15
Before You Apply
Attend an Information Session
The information session covers the admissions process, application requirement, and programs offered by the Department of Special Education. Information sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 3-5pm in Burk Hall 158. Prospective students can register for an upcoming information session on Eventbrite.
Select a Program
All applicants must select one of the program objectives:
- Master of Arts (MA Only)
- Master of Arts plus Credential (MA+CRED)
- Credential Only (CRED Only) - CRED Only applicants must already possess a Master’s degree
After selecting a program objective, applicants must select one program area to focus their studies:
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Extensive Support Needs
- Mild to Moderate Support Needs
- Orientation & Mobility
Prospective students should prepare application materials in advance before starting the online Cal State Apply application. Application materials vary by program objective and program area.
Program Requirements for All Applicants: The following requirements apply to all prospective students.
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- Personal Statement
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Unofficial Transcripts
- Minimum 3.0 GPA – can be cumulative GPA or last 60 semester/90 quarter units
Additional Requirements for MA Only Applicants:
Additional Requirements for MA+CRED Applicants:
Additional Requirements for CRED Only Applicants:
Admission Requirements & Resources
Application Process & Guidelines
Prospective students seeking graduate degrees, graduate certificates, and credentials must complete the online application through Cal State Apply. Applicants must complete all required sections of the online application for admission to SF State and to the Department of Special Education. The complete admission process requires approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the application deadline.
Submit Your Application
Visit Cal State Apply and start an application by selecting the semester you intend to enter the program. Applicants must complete all four quadrants of the online application in order to submit the application.
All program requirements are uploaded onto the Program Materials quadrant of the online application. Refer to the SPED Application TIPS for specific details on which sections to complete, how to complete them, and other important information.
Following initial screening and review of applicant files, interviews will be conducted by faculty selection committees to assess the applicant’s communication skills and behaviors required to meet professional standards. Additional information may also be considered to assess the applicant’s professional qualities including test results, previous experience, and observations in coursework/fieldwork.