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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/ renew it.

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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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 steps:

  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.