Education Specialist (Special Education)

The Education Specialist Credential program prepares individuals to teach and provide services to children and young adults with disabilities from kindergarten through age 22. The CSU East Bay program includes authorizations to teach and provide services for children and young adults with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities including those who are English learners. NOTE: Applicants must submit two applications to be considered for the program; one to the Department through the link on this website and one to the University through Cal State ApplyYou need to apply to and be accepted to both the Department and the University to be accepted to the program. Review Credential Application Requirements listed below and start early: Application Dates.

The program includes foundational coursework in educational psychology, special education law, policy and program design, instruction and assessment working with diverse populations, teaching English language learners, and teaching students with disabilities; a full complement of discipline-based methods courses; and three semesters of fieldwork and student teaching in a range of service delivery models and programs in the bay area.

The program is a full-time, two-year cohort-based program. Candidates begin with full-time enrollment in June and supervised fieldwork experiences begin in the spring semester of the first year and continue fall and spring semesters of the second year of the program. The fieldwork experience begins with three full days a week during the first year and increases to four, and then five full days, full-time teaching during the second year. The program only accepts candidates without a general education credential for the Summer Term admissions starting in June.  

The program offers an alternate route to certification: Intern Program.* Application for the Intern Program* opens after program acceptance, usually, after summer classes have started. An intern application is required for eligible candidates during the summer term. 

Applicants are encouraged to attend an Information Session prior to submitting an application. The schedule for Information Sessions can be found on our outreach.

Applicants can either apply for the Summer or Fall Term Entry. Summer admissions are recommended for applicants who are entering without a prior teaching credential. Applicants who hold a multiple or single subject credential must apply for Fall semester admissions.

Application Dates for

Summer Term 2021

Application Dates for

Fall Term 2021

Department Applications Closed
(Traditional & Alternate Route)

Applications open: December 1, 2020
Applications closed: April 15, 2021 
Document deadline: May 1, 2021

University Applications closed
(Cal State Apply Summer 2021 closed)

Applications open: February 1, 2021
Applications closed: April 15, 2021
Document deadline: May 1, 2021 

Department Applications
(Traditional & Alternate Route)

Applications open: December 1, 2020
Applications close: June 1, 2021
Document deadline: June 15, 2021

University Applications
(Cal State Apply Fall 2021)

Applications open: October 1, 2020
Applications close: June 1, 2021
Document deadline: July 1, 2021

Please note: Not all application checklist items may apply to your application option.

Credential Application Requirements

Complete the online Department Application at the following link: Education Specialist Department Application with uploaded required documents and the $25 non-refundable application fee receipt. Please be sure to check the Save my progress and resume later box at the top of the application, so that you can update your application before it is submitted.

Once you start the Department Application and save your progress, your application will be in our system for review. If you submitted your Department Application without the required documents, it is incomplete. Please name and upload all documents and screenshots as saved PDFs. 

The Admissions Checklist needs to be submitted with your application, only once. It will need to be signed and dated.

The statement of purpose should respond to the following questions on the form at the link below to be submitted electronically with the Department application:

  • Describe your professional goals and experiences.
  • Describe your philosophy regarding teaching diverse students and their learning potential and issues of equity in education including students with and without disabilities.
  • Describe your personal attributes that illustrate your potential for success in the program and in the field of special education.
  • What can you share about how you will manage a full-time program with work, school, and personal demands?
  • Statement of Purpose with Coversheet

Submit three (3) letters of recommendation forms that demonstrate suitable dispositions for teaching in public schools. Recommendation forms should be completed by someone who has observed your teaching or working with groups of children in the age group you are pursuing your teaching credential. These observations must have been done within the last 2 years. Academic or Professional letters of recommendation are acceptable for Summer and Fall 2021 entry if you were not able to complete Early Field Experience. Send the fillable forms to recommenders and have them send (email) back to you to be submitted electronically with your Department Application.

  • Submit three letters of recommendation forms. Must be signed and dated.
  • The letters should come from the same individuals that have observed your early field experience. The letters should be related to your experience working with groups of children related to the credential sought.
  • The individual completing the letter of recommendation form should be the teacher of record, not a student teacher.
  • Academic or Professional letters of recommendation are acceptable for Summer and Fall 2021 entry.
  • Have Recommender send/email signed form to you to be electronically submitted for your Department application.

*Please note: The Chancellor’s Office of the CSU has temporarily suspended the 45 hours of documented field experience in a K-12 classroom as an admission requirement for Summer and Fall 2021. If you have completed some or all of these hours to date, please go ahead and submit the hours you have completed.

*45 hours of Early Field Experience: Documented field experience of at least 45 hours in a K-12 classroom or a documented field experience from the past two years. Pre-professional experience must be in a classroom or classroom-like setting with groups of children/adults ages five (5) to twenty-two (22) for the education specialist program.

  • At least 15 hours must be in special service delivery within the last two years. An acceptable special service delivery experience includes work as a teacher's aide or instructional support, behavior support clinician, or classroom volunteer in a special day class. Faith-based instruction is not acceptable.
  • The remaining 30 of the 45 hours minimum may be completed in public or private school settings as a substitute teacher, para-educator, or classroom volunteer, or in community-based venues such as the YMCA, park recreations center, or in a structured summer camp, after-school, or another formally organized program. Faith-based instruction is not acceptable.
  • Submit original Early Field Experience Verification Form. Use as many forms as needed to verify the total hours. The forms should be merged as one document to upload to application.
  • *If you have taken TED 301 (or TED 3001) at CSUEB, this course will cover 15 hours of public school experience. To show proof, you will need to submit an unofficial transcript from your MyCSUEB and circle the class so we can see that you received credit.

To meet the requirement for this program, you must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or above.  If GPA is below 3.0, you must complete a "Petition to Waive GPA Requirement" form. You will be required to complete the form after your admission interview.

Complete the online application at Cal State Apply: $70 non-refundable application fee. For the optimum experience, we recommend using the most current version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The application is not compatible with Internet Explorer.

How to Apply  Save the confirmation page from Cal State Apply University application to be uploaded electronically to your Department Application.

Summer Term 2021: University Application closed: Summer 2021 Cal State Apply closed

In Extended Profile: Set Degree Goal to Teaching Credential Only (e.g. Single or Multiple Subject, PPS, Librarian, Admin, CalStateTEACH). Add Program: Multiple Subject and Prelim Ed Specialist - Mild to Moderate or Multiple Subject and Prelim Ed Specialist - Mod to Sev Dis


Fall Term 2021: University Application open now: Fall 2021 Cal State Apply

In Extended Profile: Set Degree Goal to Second Bachelor's Degree and Beyond (e.g. Teaching Credential) and Graduate (e.g. Master's, Doctoral). Add Program: Special Education - Mild-Moderate Disabilities or Special Education - Moderate-Severe Disabilities

Official transcripts must be submitted electronically or by mail to Graduate Admissions for your University Application and electronically or by mail to the Credential Student Service Center for your Department Application to:


University Application Transcript Requirement

Office of Graduate Admissions
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542

*Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended. 

Do not submit transcripts until you have submitted your University application. HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS


Department Application Transcript Requirement

Credential Student Service Center
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., AE 235
Hayward, CA 94542

*ONLY official Bachelor's degree bearing transcript. Do not submit transcripts until you have Department Application in progress or submitted. Can be ordered electronically to be sent to

IMPORTANT! Please inquire with your sending institution for information in regards to electronic transcript submission. Have transcripts for your University application sent directly from the institution to electronictranscripts@csueastbay.eduHow to Submit Documents page: HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS

If currently a Cal State East Bay student or a Cal State East Bay graduate, transcripts may not need to be submitted unless you have completed post-baccalaureate coursework at another institution.

Please note: If you are in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree at a school other than Cal State East Bay you must submit an official transcript showing coursework in progress for Spring, and you are required to provide a certificate of completion from your university’s registrar and one additional official transcript after your degree has been awarded. 

Your Bachelor's degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Foreign transcripts (if applicable) -

For your University Application: Contact the International Office of Admissions

For your Department Application: Applicants with international transcripts with a foreign degree must provide an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit  FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION

Submit a legible copy of your Tuberculosis (TB) test results provided by your healthcare provider that include the date taken and date read from within the past two years (TB Risk Assessment is not acceptable).

  • You must maintain current TB test results throughout your entire program. If your results expire during the program, you will need to retake the test. TB skin and blood tests are valid for 3 years and chest x-rays are valid for 5 years.
  • You may also be required to have more recent results for the fieldwork site.

The TB requirement is separate from the CSUEB “Immunization Requirement” which is due by the end of your first semester in the program and is submitted to the University’s Student Health Center.

Serves as evidence of having undergone the fingerprint, character, and identification process required by the CTC. You must obtain a Certificate of Clearance or hold a valid CTC issued document in order to be accepted to a credential program.

Examples of CTC documents include, but are not limited to: Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permits, Short-Term Staff Permits, Child Development Permits, and other CTC documents for which a fingerprint clearance is required for issuance.

The Certificate of Clearance is a two part process.

  1. Print the Live Scan form and take to a location offering Live Scan services to have your fingerprints rolled or scanned.
  2. Go to and apply for the Certificate of Clearance. For more details, visit Certificate of Clearance process.

Submit the Certificate of Clearance document from the CTC website that displays the document name, issuance date, and expiration date. Document must remain valid while in the program.

Please note that the school you are placed at for student teaching may require additional fingerprinting.

Basic Skills Requirement: to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. You need to take and pass an examination which has been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). Proficiency is verified by the submission of one of the following:

  1. Passing the CBEST exam. Submit official California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) full score report or other approved documentation as noted on the BSR leaflet. You may submit the online score report with the barcode displayed. Online reports without the barcode are considered unofficial. Information about the CBEST can be found at
  2. Passing CSET Writing Skills subtest #142, in lieu of CBEST (Multiple Subject applicants only). Note: this only clears this requirement if you have passed CSET #101, 214 (or 102), & 103.
  3. Passing basic skills examination from another state.
  4. Passing the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations

For more information about the BSR requirements or additional options: BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT.

You can submit proof of registration for required exams for Department application. Priority Admissions may be offered to applicants who have met the Basic Skills Requirement.

**Due to the COVID-19 emergency certain waivers have been put into place regarding the Basic Skills Requirement. For candidates entering the program in Academic Year 2020-2021, they are waived as entrance requirements BUT they must be completed prior to program completion. At this point, they are required to be submitted by the end of August 2021 for Summer 2021 admission.

The candidate shall have demonstrated subject matter competency by the means appropriate to the credential sought.  Applicants must submit proof of meeting Subject Matter Competency with one of the following options: A) passing CSET score reports, or B) Subject Matter Waiver Letter from a Subject Matter Preparation Program or proof that the program is in process.

You can submit proof of registration for required exams with the application. Subject Matter Competency Requirement: CSETs will be required before the credential is recommended and should be met by the end of the first year of the program. 

  • Special Education credential candidate shall have achieved a passing score on the California Subject Examination for Teachers. CSETs must be in a core subject (Multiple Subject, Art, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Music, Science, or Social Science).

The CSETs can be quite challenging.  About half of the applicants need to retake one or more subtests.  Take them early and allow time to retake them, if necessary. State Law requires that candidates possess Subject Matter Competency as demonstrated by CSETs or a Subject Matter Waiver from a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program prior to working with TK-12 students in field placements. CSET scores are valid for 10 years if taken after April 1, 2007.  More information on the CSETs can be found at About the Assessment Programs CSET.

*If you already hold a multiple or single subject teaching credential, you may not be required to take the CSETs. You will still be required to submit your passing CSET score report used for your multiple or single subject teaching credential.

Note: Per CSU Executive Order 1077, the official subject matter waiver documentation must be from a CTC-approved subject matter program. A comparison and analysis of student transcripts from a non-CSU, non-CTC-approved subject matter program will not satisfy the CSU requirement for certifying subject matter competence.

Subject Matter Competency Requirement: CSETs will be required before the credential is recommended and should be met by the end of the first year of the program. 

Demonstrate knowledge of the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution as demonstrated by one of the following options:
  • Bachelor’s degree earned from a CSU campus in any major; indicate this option on the checklist, or
  • An authorized college-level course (2 semester or 3 quarter units). Submit a copy of your transcript showing the course. Be sure the transcript shows the name of the College or University. There is no expiration date for course validity. Please note the course grade(s) must be a “C” or better; or
  • Passage of U.S. Constitution examination verified by a regionally-accredited college or university will be acceptable for certification purposes. Submit the official color score report showing the passage of the U.S. Constitution exam. 
All program applicants are required to participate in a group interview with a College of Education faculty member. You will be notified to schedule an interview after you have submitted your online Department Application, University Application, and application documents, and official transcripts. 

Please Check the Special Education page for more information about the program.

Due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Directive, the Credential Student Service Center office is closed to the public until further notice. Business operations will continue remotely, calls will be answered, and emails will be returned.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Credential Student Service Center
(510) 885-2272: calls are being answered or leave a message
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm

*Not all applicants are eligible for the Alternate Route to Certification (Intern Credential). In order to ensure a quality educational experience for California students the department's minimum requirements are 150 hours (documented) in a Pk-12 classroom at grade levels appropriate to your credential goal and your letters of recommendation must address your abilities to handle a classroom on your own.  The department may take other factors into consideration but having an offer of employment from a district does not guarantee that the university will recommend an Intern Credential.  The department reserves the right not to recommend an Intern Credential even if minimum requirements are met.  Please note according to the regulations of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing an Intern Credential cannot be issued until summer classes are successfully completed with a "B" or better.   Applicants interested in the Alternate Route to Certification may submit the Intern Approval Application to the program coordinator after they receive acceptance into the program.