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Preliminary Special Education, Early Childhood (ECSE) Credential Application Process

The Early Childhood Preliminary Special Education credential allows you to work with disabled children ages birth through 5 years old.

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
March 1, 2022
2. Transcripts due  April 1, 2022

Steps to Apply

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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 Items Needed to Complete the Cal State Apply Application

The credential items below will be asked about by questions and/or uploads in the Program Materials box/quadrant of the Cal State Apply application.  Please start preparing to apply by getting these materials ready.

 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 wait to request these official transcripts until AFTER you have submitted the Cal State Apply application, then request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page. 

Exit requirements

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.