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Special Education Clear Credential & Master's Degree Application Process

Learn how to apply for a master's degree while clearing a teaching credential in special education.

Note: Starting Fall 2018, employment verification will be required to enroll in the Special Education Clear Credential program. You must be employed as a "teacher of record" — substitute teaching and aid positions will not meet this requirement.

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)

March 1, 2022

2. Official Transcripts due   April 1, 2022


Steps to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply to the Special Education Clear Credential Program:

1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application.

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) -- Opens Oct 1

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If you already hold a Preliminary or Level 1 Ed Specialist/ Special Education credential, then you are eligible to apply to the Master's and Clear Credential Program through the Cal State Apply application.  To do this, be sure to pick the correct program name in the Cal State Apply application that contains the Master's and credential combination you seek.  

The following combinations are available: 

  • M.A. in Autism with a clear credential
  • M.A. in Early Childhood with a clear credential
  • M.A. in Mild Moderate with a clear credential
  • M.A. in Moderate Severe with a clear credential

2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.