School Age (K-12)

CAD + SPED (Extensive Support Needs)

Graduates of this integrated program will be able to complete their BA in Child and Adolescent Development (Elementary Education Teaching Pre-Credential), MA in Special Education, and preliminary credential in Extensive Support Needs (ESN) in 6 years.

The Extensive Support Needs (ESN) teaching credential is committed to preparing future educators to advance inclusive education for students with extensive support needs from kindergarten through the age of 22 to achieve the positive life trajectory that students and families envision, using evidence-based practices and culturally sustaining teaching practices. 
Students with extensive support needs include:

  • Students with intellectual disability (e.g., Down syndrome)
  • Students with multiple disabilities
  • Students with autism
  • Students with orthopedic impairment (e.g., cerebral palsy)


  • Getting the most out of your time: Candidates save at least one semester in time/tuition and can take up to 15 graduate units at the undergraduate rate (up to 12 units can be double counted towards the bachelor’s and master’s degrees).
  • Program curriculum builds in test waivers for Subject Matter Requirement (e.g., CSET Multiple Subjects test) and Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST tests).
  • Advising: Every student is assigned a ESN faculty advisor.
  • Experiences: Coursework, field experiences/student teaching, and other related activities within the credential program help you be equipped with a foundation on inclusion and equity-based education, emphasizing systematic, data-based approaches to instruction and collaboration with families, school professionals, and community partners.
  • Careers: Students are ready for special education career immediately upon graduation. Graduates of our program work as special education teachers within elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, inclusion specialists, and more!

Early Childhood Roadmap

Students should apply for the SF State Scholars program after they have completed 60 units (typically after their sophomore year and during their junior year). During their senior year, students will be taking a combination of undergraduate and graduate level coursework.

Example Roadmap

Video - Information Session

Watch a recorded information session about this program (video recorded on March 14, 2023):