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Credentials in Special Education

Education Specialist Credentials

The Department of Special Education at SFSU offers post-baccalaureate programs leading to the following Educational Specialist Credentials:

Programs in teacher preparation for the Education Specialist Credentials are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Programs are organized via a two-tiered system: The Preliminary Education Specialist and the Professional Clear. Each level is based on California teaching standards with unique requirements for preliminary and professional certification.

SFSU Preliminary and Professional Clear Education Specialist credential preparation programs consist of specializations in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (birth to pre-K only): children eligible for early intervention, special education, and/or related services under federal law.
  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K-12, including adults): learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, other health impaired, and emotional disturbance.
  • Moderate/Severe Disabilities (K-12, including adults): autism, cognitive impairment, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities.
  • Visual Impairments (0-22): blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind

Individuals who hold a Preliminary or Professional Clear Education Specialist credential may take courses in order to be authorized in the following areas of specialization:

Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credentials

Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credentials are also offered in:


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