Preliminary Special Education, Early Childhood (ECSE) Credential, How to Apply
Learn how to apply to the Preliminary Special Education, Early Childhood (ECSE) Credential Program.
Note: Apply to this program if you do not yet hold any credential in Special Education and you want to work with special needs children from birth through age 5.
Steps to Apply
Follow the steps below to apply to the Preliminary Special Education Early Childhood (ECSE) Credential Program:
- You must first apply to the California State University via Cal State Apply for the program you are interested in.
- Then, request official transcripts.
1. Cal State Apply
For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application.
Items Needed to Complete the Cal State Apply Application
Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload to the Cal State Apply application in the Program Materials box/quadrant:
You must hold a Bachelor’s degree or be finishing a Bachelor’s degree program to apply to the credential program. More information
Please have your official transcripts sent to SDSU after you submit your Cal State Apply application. If you send them in before you submit the application, they will take longer to process.
In addition to official Bachelor's Degree transcripts, please download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for the main institution where your degree was earned and be prepared to upload it to the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply. This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office. All applicants, including SDSU undergraduates, must submit unofficial transcripts for faculty to review.
The SDSU Credential Programs require one of the following:
- 2.67 GPA Cumulative Overall
- 2.75 GPA in your last 60 semester/90 quarter units
Please plan to take the exams early. We are requesting passing scores for CBEST by March 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 applications. If you are applying close to the deadline, please take the exam as soon as possible.
Early Childhood applicants must have completed a child development course preferably one that includes child development for young children from birth to age 6 (Please note development and learning for Adolescence/Adulthood is not acceptable).
If your undergraduate degree is in Child and Family Development, Psychology, or Social Work; you automatically meet this requirement. If your degree is in another subject area, then an early childhood course is required.
At SDSU, the approved course(s) would be CFD 375A or CFD 375B. Only one course is required.
The CSET is NOT required for the ECSE credential program.
These courses must be completed with a C or better prior to starting the credential program. They can be completed the summer right before the credential program starts.
- SPED 450: Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations (3 units)
(Note: if you have previously taken SPED 500, that will be accepted in lieu of SPED 450)
- SPED 501: Typical & Atypical Learning Processes (3 units)
- SPED 502: Field Experiences in General and Special Education (1 unit)
- SPED 527: SPED in a Pluralistic Society (3 units)
- SPED 528: Young Children with Disabilities and their Families (3 units, Fall only)
- DLE 915A: Teaching and Learning in the Content Area: ELD/SDAIE ( 3 units)
Candidates must be granted either a Certificate of Clearance or an Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit prior to start of the Teacher Credential Program
Verification of a negative TB test (verification of no presence or active case of TB through PPD or Mantoux test), must be valid and on file throughout the credential program.
- TB tests are valid for 4 years and can be taken at SDSU Student Health Services(for students currently enrolled at SDSU) or through any public health clinic, HMO, or private physician.
- If you receive a positive skin test, then you will need to provide proof that your TB is not active by a doctor’s note or x-ray results.
- You will need to upload proof of negative TB test to the Cal State Apply application.
A $25 application fee is required to process your credential program application.
If you are a current/former SDSU student and have a Red ID:
You must pay this fee through the SDSU WebPortal.
- Log into SDSU WebPortal.
- Select Student Account Services.
- Select Make Payment(in the top red menu bar).
- Select College of Education Fee Menu.
- Select Credential Application Fee.
- Click on Add to Basketbutton to proceed with checkout and payment.
If you are a new applicant and do not yet have an SDSU Red ID:
To be able to log into the WebPortal you must first complete and submit the Cal State Apply application by uploading a document that states, "I will pay this fee as soon as I am able to".
Within a couple days of submitting your Cal State Apply application, you should receive an email from SDSU Graduate Admissions with your Red ID (SDSU identification number) and directions on how to log into WebPortal. You can then follow the directions above and email the receipt to [email protected]
If you are applying close to the deadline, please submit your Cal State Apply application by uploading a document that states, "I will pay this fee as soon as I am able to". Once you are assigned a red ID, please follow the directions above and email the receipt to [email protected]
For your application to move forward in processing and faculty evaluation, this fee MUST be paid by March 15, 2020
Please respond to the following prompt -
"Please write a brief (500-word maximum) statement addressing your background and experiences that have contributed to your desire to be a special education teacher as well as the personal and professional factors that you consider to be most important if one is to become an effective and caring special educator."
Identify at least 2 people to serve as references.
In the recommendation section of your application, you will be prompted to provide the name and e-mail address of the references. The application system will e-mail your references and request that they submit a recommendation on your behalf.
It is the applicants' responsibility to follow up with each reference to be sure that the letters are submitted in a timely manner. Letters should be submitted by the application deadline, so please make your requests early to allow time for your recommenders to complete this for you.
Important Information about Credential requirements:
- These items need to be completed prior to admission to SDSU's Credential program. Some items can be in progress when you are applying (like pre-reqs and your degree), but all exams and the Clearance MUST be complete BEFORE admission.
- Please maintain all your original documents as you may need to submit these again to Districts for student teaching and/or employment.
2. Request official transcripts
Please be aware that there are additional exit requirements which you must fulfill to earn your credential. These must be completed by the time you finish the credential program.