Why Choose Us?

The Department of Special Education is committed to actively lead in research, teaching and service that promotes and advocates for the inclusion, belonging and equity of disabled individuals within schools, communities, and society as a whole within our work and with future educators/ service providers. Learn more about our Mission and Guiding Values.

Our department is one of the most comprehensive departments of special education in California. We offer an undergraduate Minor in Special Education, five stand-alone credential programs (e.g., Early Childhood Special Education, Mild to Moderate Support Needs, Extensive Support Needs, Visual Impairment, Orientation & Mobility) with an intern credential pathway, Masters in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Special Education (joint doctoral program with UC Berkeley).

The result is that the Department of Special Education at SF State  is one of the  largest provider of K-12 and transition-age (18-22 years old) special education teachers, early childhood intervention specialists (birth to kindergarten), orientation and mobility specialists, and teachers of students with visual impairments (VI) for local school districts and partner agencies in the Bay Area and across the state. Our doctoral program also prepares special education faculty for the CSU system and other institutions of higher education.

Contact us today to learn more! 

Please email or inquire: sped@sfsu.edu

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