Education Specialist (Special Education)

Department Application and University Application now open: see links below.

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 extensive support needs including those who are English learners. While completing the requirements for the Education Specialist credential, candidates will concurrently complete the requirements for the M.S. Special Education program. 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 2022

Application Dates for

Fall Term 2022

Department Application
(Traditional & Alternate Route)

Applications closed
Applications closed: April 15, 2022 

Document Deadline: April 15, 2022

University Application 
(Cal State Apply Summer 2023)
How to Apply
Applications closed
Applications closed: April 15, 2022

Department Application

Applications open: January 3, 2022
Applications now close: June 15, 2022

Document Deadline: June 15, 2022

University Application
(Cal State Apply Fall 2022)
How to Apply
Applications open: October 1, 2021
Applications now close: June 15, 2022

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

Application Process

  • Review Information Before Applying: Attend a  Credential Information Session if possible. Admission to the program is a two-step process: Department Application and review process and University Application and review process.
  • Apply to the Program with the Department Application: Review Credential Application Requirements, instructions, and deadlines. Start the Department Application early, save progress, upload documents, and submit by the deadline. There is a nonrefundable $25.00 fee for this application.
  • Apply to the University through Cal State Apply. There is a $70.00 non-refundable application fee. Please review the application to make sure you are applying to the correct term, campus, and program.
  • Order official transcripts from all schools attended to be sent electronically to Cal State East Bay Admissions or if an email address is requested.
  • Both Graduate Admissions and the Credentials Office will have access to your electronic transcripts, so no duplicates are needed. Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts.

Important: Email is our primary form of communication to keep in contact with you throughout the application and admission process. Please add to your contacts and check for CSU East Bay correspondence sent to your email. Check and clear your spam folder if needed. Once you pay the $25 Department Application fee, your application will be reviewed, and you will be notified by email to schedule a program interview. 

University Application requirements will be listed on your To-Do List on your MyCSUEB

Once your submitted Department and University Applications with the required documents are processed and reviewed you will be notified by May 15, 2022, regarding your Summer Admissions status.

Credential Application Requirements

Complete the online Department Application at the following link which opened January 3, 2022: 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, in order to update your application before it is submitted. Please use the same email to save and submit your Department Application. 

You are applying to an Education Specialist credential program with an MS Degree in Special Education. Please complete the form at the following link which documents your understanding that your status, if accepted to the program, would begin as a credential student and then include a master’s status- effective the first spring term of your training. The change to a master's degree would not impact your enrollment in the credential program. Please complete the form at the following link and upload to your Department Application: Special Education Program Form


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.  Academic or Professional letters of recommendation are acceptable for Summer and Fall 2022 entry if you were not able to complete Early Field Experience. Recommendation forms can 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.

Send the fillable forms to recommenders and have them send (email) back to you to be submitted electronically with your Department Application.

  • Submit three signed and dated letters of recommendation forms
  • The letters should come from the individuals that have observed your early field experience, if possible, and 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 2022 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 2022. 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 admitted and your 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 2022 applications closed: University Application: Summer 2022 Cal State Apply 

In Extended Profile: Set Degree Goal to Second Bachelor's Degree and Beyond (e.g. Teaching Credential) and Teaching Credential and Service Credential Only (e.g. Single or Multiple Subject, Special Education). Add Program: Multiple Subject and Prelim Ed Specialist - Mild to Moderate or Multiple Subject and Prelim Ed Specialist - Mod to Sev Dis


Fall Term 2022: University Application: Fall 2022 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 Support Needs or Special Education - Extensive Support Needs

Application Transcript Requirement

*Official transcripts are required directly from ALL colleges/universities attended. The Office of Admissions does not accept composite transcripts. Courses that appear on one transcript but taken at another institution will need to have transcripts sent from that original institution.  

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

Order official transcripts from all schools attended to be sent electronically to Cal State East Bay Admissions or if an email address is requested.

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

Once you start your Department Application: Have official evaluation electronically sent from agency to 

Submit a legible copy of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test results done by a healthcare provider that includes the date taken and date read and your full name on it from within the past two years. A TB Risk Assessment is not acceptable and does not meet the requirement.

  • 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. Do not submit the LiveScan form.

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

On July 9, 2021, the Governor signed AB 130 (Chap. 44, Stats. 2021) which established new options for demonstrating the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). The Basic Skills Requirement demonstrates proficiency (in English) basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills by examination or coursework which has been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The options below allow the Commission and the Commission-approved preparation programs to verify that the candidate or applicant has demonstrated the basic skills proficiency by verifying qualifying college-level coursework. Commission-approved preparation programs may also use a combination of coursework and other previously available options to meet the BSR.

Options to meet the BSR:

  1. Pass the CBEST
  2. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects CSET exams PLUS Writing Skills Exam (CSET #142)
  3. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Exams
  4. Achieve qualifying score on the SAT or ACT
  5. College Board Advance Placement (AP) Examinations
  6. Pass the Basic Skills Exam from Another State
  7. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework
    *For reading: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
    *For writing: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
    *For mathematics: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
  8. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework and Exam

For more information, visit CTC Basic Skills Requirement.

For options #7 and #8, if admitted to the program complete the Request of Basic Skills Requirement Evaluation form. You will need to email the form and include a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) and a copy of your test score, if applicable,  in pdf format and email to The subject line of your emails needs to be “Request of BSR Evaluation." Incomplete forms will be delayed and may be returned for completion and resubmission. The results of the evaluation will be emailed to you (using the email address provided on the form) in 4-6 weeks. Email approved evaluation to update your Department Application file to:, with your full name, program name, and start term in the subject line. NOTE: Out of Country: Contact the CTC if you have a Foreign Transcript Evaluation or meet Basic Skills Requirement through other approved options.

Courses must be 3-semester or 4-quarter units, have a grade of B- or better (credit or pass grades acceptable), non-remedial, taken at a regionally accredited college or university, and degree applicable (AA degree application is acceptable). 

The Request of Basic Skills Requirement Evaluation form will not be reviewed until you are admitted or enrolled in the program. 


On July 9, 2021, the Governor signed AB 130 which established new options for demonstrating Subject Matter Competency (SMC). The ways to meet subject matter competency are:

  • Passing the appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) for the credential sought. For more information regarding CSET, visit CL-674 .
  • Completing a Commission-approved subject matter waiver preparation program.
  • Meet the SMC through a degree in the content area of the credential you are seeking. The degree major must be aligned with one of the acceptable majors for the Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential. Those subjects are:

    World Languages
    Health Science
    Home Economics
    Industrial and Technology Education
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Liberal Studies
    Physical Education
    Social Science
  • Combination of coursework and Exam. This option is currently not available. The CTC needs to provide guidance on this new regulation. Once the CTC provides this information, we will update our website.

Subject Matter Competency Requirement 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. Interview scheduling will begin in early February and offered to applicants with the $25 paid Department Application fee on the Department Application.

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.