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Master's in Education, Special Education: Early Childhood (M.A.) Program Application

Learn how to apply to the Master's in Education, Special Education: Early Childhood (M.A.).

Important Dates for Fall 2021

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
March 1, 2021
2. Official Transcripts due  April 1, 2021


Steps to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply to the Master's in Education, Special Education: Early Childhood (M.A.) Program:

  • You must first apply to the California State University via Cal State Apply.
  • Next, request official transcripts.
  • No additional application is required, but a few other documents may be needed (see below)

1. Submit Cal State Apply

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

  • Note: You can apply to this Master's program and a Clear credential. Please choose the appropriate program name in the Cal State Apply 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 Test Scores and Transcripts page.

GRE Requirement Suspended for Spring and Fall 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSU has suspended the requirement that applicants for graduate study submit GRE scores for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the program advisor.

Other Items Requested
  • For this program you are NOT required to complete the additional program application. Instead, applicants must complete the Cal State Apply application and follow the directions below:
Admissions staff will verify this on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) website. Applicants must hold a preliminary credential to be eligible for this Master's program. If the applicant desires, they can complete the clear credential coursework while completing the Master's degree.

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. Please have these letters emailed to the admission staff at [email protected]

If you are applying to the Clear SPED credential program in addition to this Master's degree, 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.)