Important Dates

  Fall 2021 (Fall Entry Only)
Cal State Apply Application April 1, 2021
Supplemental Materials April 1, 2021
STEP Application July 1, 2021


Special Education Program Completion Requirements

Applying for a Credential 

The following items must be successfully completed before the candidate will be eligible for recommendation of their credential:

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate or higher degree other than in professional education from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Satisfaction of the Basic Skills Requirement
  3. Complete M.S. in Special Education/Education Specialist Mild Moderate Program (MA/SPED) coursework and clinical practice in schools and family homes.
  4. Completion of the subject matter requirement
  5. Complete state licensure requirement coursework
    • KINE 443 - Health Education or approved equivalent (4 units)
    • CPR Certification - Must include all three: adult, child, and infant training and follow the American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines.
    • POLS 112 - American & California Government, equivalent or U.S. Constitution exam offered by Cuesta College. (Applicants who earned their bachelor's degrees at a CSU Campus will have met this requirement by virtue of their degree).
  6. Demonstration of knowledge of the principles and provisions of the Constitution of the United States
  7. Passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  8. Complete the Inquiry Project
  9. Pass the Comprehensive Examination (Master's only Candidates)
  10. Submit a Request for Graduation Evaluation (to be completed in class and submitted by the Credential Office) (Master's only Candidates)
  11. Submit a request for credential to the Credential Office (02-120) in the SOE no sooner than the eigth week of Spring Quarter. (Master's & Credential Candidates)
  12. Complete the SOE Exit Survey. You will need to print out a copy of the last page of the survey and submit it to the Credential Office (02-120) when you submit your request for the credential.

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