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Master of Arts in Special Education - Application Process

To be admitted to the SFSU Master of Arts programs, candidates are evaluated by the university and by faculty members within the Department of Special Education.

Applicants for University-recommended Master of Arts must meet all state and University requirements.

  • Complete a University application (CSU Mentor)
  • Complete a Department application (Special Education)
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Letters should come from a source that knows the applicant’s teaching or overall potential and ability as a prospective teacher.
  • Original Transcripts: Applicants must submit 2 sets of original transcripts from all universities attended (1 to the department, 1 to the University).
  • Written English Proficiency Requirement: Each graduate student must demonstrate the ability to write English correctly and effectively. Consult the following link to meet this requirement. WEP Requiremnt
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants must submit a typed essay in which the candidate outlines reasons for wanting to enter the selected program area. Include descriptions of experiences that led you to consider the area of study as well as short term and long term goals relative to service to the profession in the years ahead.
  • GPA: Admission to a master's degree program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit Resume

Program faculty for consideration for program acceptance will review applications meeting the above criteria. Admission to the Master of Arts in Special Education program is based upon information from the sources listed above as judged by faculty of the Department of Special Education.

Submit Application Materials to:
San Francisco State University
Credential Services Office
ATTN: Credential Admissions – SPED College of Education
Burk Hall 244 - San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158

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