This program meets subject-matter and professional requirements to prepare students to teach in special education classrooms in elementary and secondary (junior and senior high) schools. See Special Education on the School of Education website for more information.
Program Admission Requirements
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning or in exceptional cases, as part of an approved BA/BS subject-matter program at HSU. Credential program admission requirements and application are available at the Education & Credentialing Office (HGH 202) and on the Credential Program Requirements webpage. The following requirements are specific to the Special Education Program. Applications are accepted throughout the year for admission the following fall. Apply early as space is limited.
Program Requirements (50 units)
Obtain a preliminary credential by taking a 50-unit professional education program to qualify for teaching positions. Holders of a preliminary credential must complete requirements for a clear credential within five years.
A California Education Specialist Credential permits teaching grades K-12, including adults. This credential authorizes teaching individuals with specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, and serious emotional disturbances.
Upon completing all required tests, all assessments and observations, the US Constitution requirement, an accredited bachelor’s degree, and the special education course sequence, candidates apply for a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Support Needs. This preliminary credential authorizes teaching for five years, during which time candidates must acquire a Clear Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Support Needs.
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 (with no grade lower than a C-) to remain in the program.
Students must complete 50 units of approved courses in Special Education, including EDUC 377 /SPED 777 , Education of Exceptional Individuals. The Special Education Program Leader must approve the program of study. Contact the department office for details.