Special Education Clear Credential Application Process
Learn how to apply to the Special Education Clear Credential Program.
Apply to this program if you already hold a preliminary or level 1 Ed Specialist credential
and need to clear/
Important Dates for Fall 2022
|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
2. Request official transcripts
Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on
our Submit Official Transcripts page.
We do NOT requiring a second Program Application for this credential program. Instead
applicants must complete the Cal State Apply application and complete the following
- Hold a valid California Preliminary or Level 1 Ed Specialist credential: Admissions
staff will verify this on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) website.
- Letter of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are only required if you did not
attend SDSU for your preliminary credential. If you earned your preliminary SPED credential
at a school other than SDSU, then please contact 2 individuals who you have interacted
with professionally and who would be able to write a letter of recommendation for
you. Have these letters emailed to the admission staff at [email protected]
- Starting Fall 2018, employment verification will be required to enroll in the Special
Education Clear Credential program. You must be employed as "teacher of record" —
substitute teaching and aid positions will not meet this requirement.