Special Education Clear Credential & Master's Degree, How to Apply
Learn how to apply for a master's degree while clearing a teaching credential in special
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 2020
|1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
March 2, 2020
|2. Transcripts & exam scores
|| April 1, 2020
Steps to Apply
Follow the steps below to apply to the Special Education Clear Credential Program:
1. Cal State Apply
For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application.
Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) -- Apply Now
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 Test Scores and Transcripts page.