Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential

Final admission to this program was Spring 2018 - the program will no longer be offered beginning in Spring 2019

The Education Specialist Instruction Credential is a two-tiered special education teaching credential.  Beginning in 2010, the Preliminary and Clear credentials replaced the two-level special education teaching credential known as Level I and Level II.  Candidates who complete the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential have 5 years in which to complete the Clear Educational Specialist Instruction Credential. To complete the Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential, candidates must complete an induction program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialling (CTC).  San Francisco State University is approved by the CTC to provide the Clear Credential. Holders of the Level I Education Specialist Instruction Credential may transition to obtain a Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential through completion of additional coursework not yet completed in the Preliminary Credential.

Clear Credential Requirement
In order to be eligible, students need to have been recommended for the Preliminary Credential AND be formally admitted to the CLEAR program, this includes students currently enrolled.


At SFSU, candidates for the Clear Education Specialist Credential must apply and enroll as matriculating students with regular university registration and not through the College of Extended Learning/Open University.  Continuous enrollment is required, meaning that absence from enrollment for two consecutive semesters will require reapplication and readmission to the university.  Consult our Application guidelines and deadlines.

The Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential at San Francisco State University requires completion of induction coursework over two semesters.  Candidates enroll in SPED 740 over 2 consecutive semesters for a total of 6 academic credits. In addition to SPED 740, students who completed the former Level I Education Specialist Credential prior to September 1, 2010 and are transitioning to the new Clear Credential, may be advised to take a few additional classes if not already completed in the areas of health education, autism spectrum disorders, and technology. Employment as a teacher is not required to obtain the Clear Credential, however field work experiences are required to complete induction coursework.

The key components to the completion of the Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential are the following:

  • Individualized Induction Planning (IIP):  The IIP provides a professional development plan to guide the growth and development of professional practice and must be completed within 60 days of beginning employment or the induction program.
  • Support Provider:  A support provider, who holds a valid California special education teaching credential in the specialty area of the candidate must be assigned within 30 days of employment.
  • Transition Plan: The Transition Plan must be developed during the time the candidate is completing the Preliminary Credential to include the candidate's strengths and needs to be addressed in the induction program, or transition to professional teaching.