Important Dates

  Fall 2022 (Fall Entry Only)
Cal State Apply Application April 1, 2022
Supplemental Materials April 1, 2022
STEP Application July 1, 2022


SPED Program Admission Requirements & Prerequisites

There are two applications to be admitted to the credential program: Cal State Apply and the Special Education STEP application. (Deadlines for each application can be found in the right frame of this webpage.)

For application assistance and clarification, reach out to the Program Coordinators or to the SOE Credential Office. 


  1. Bachelor’s degree in progress or completed from a regionally accredited institution
  2. GPA - Cumulative higher education grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for my last 90 quarter units (or 60 semester units) OR I have a Higher Education cumulative GPA of 2.67. If below the required GPA for both categories, contact the Credential Office as soon as possible.
  3. Prerequisite Coursework (see below)
  4. Verification of Subject Matter Competency - Completing an Elementary Subject Matter waiver program or CSET Multiple Subject - Successful passing of all subtests of the CSET-Multiple Subject 
  5. Basic Skills Requirement - Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by ONE of the following methods: 
    • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
    • California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)–Multiple Subject plus CSET–Writing
    • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP - Mathematics and English)
    • Pass the CSU Placement Examinations (ELM and EPT),
    • ACT Scores (23 or higher in Mathematics and 22 or higher in English)
    • SAT Scores (prior to 2016 - 550 or higher in Mathematics and 500 or higher in Reading, after 2016 - 570 or higher in Mathematics and 560 or higher in Reading/Writing) 
    • AP Scores
    • (See, Basic Skills Requirement for an explanation of options to meet BSR)
  6. Certificate of Clearance - Complete application for a Certificate of Clearance
  7. Verification of Health Clearances (TB and Rubella Clearances)


    • EDUC 427 - Theories, Methods, and Assessments of 1st and 2nd Language Acquisition in Schools (4 units) or approved alternative from an accredited university
    • EDUC 440 - Educating Individuals with Exceptional Needs (4 units) or approved alternative from an accredited university
    • 45 hours of approved observation in a Special Education setting. Please use the following form to log your hours: Field Service Log 

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