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Admission requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Verification of Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
  • Subject Matter Competency Requirement verification can be met with proof of registration and subsequent passing of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) or documentation of completion of a Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) approved by the CTC
  • One official copy of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.  Mail official transcripts to KSOE, PMB 4350, Moraga, CA 94575-4350. 
  • Application and fee. Apply online.
  • Statement of professional goals and resume included with your application
  • Three current letters of recommendation from professionals who can evaluate your potential to be a Special Education teacher
  • Evidence of health insurance (and/or a signed waiver)
  • Results of a tuberculin test (within the last four years)
  • Interview with Program Director.

Prior to program start

All applicants must have a Certificate of Clearance (or the equivalent) issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), or an application pending, before being admitted to the program.

Application Deadline

The Education Specialist Preliminay Teaching Credential has a Summer and January start term. Applications are accepted year round however priority deadlines must be met to be considered for scholarships.

Foreign transcripts and International students

Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents by one of the approved CTC organizations for admittance into the program. International students have additional admission requirements.

Financial Aid

Managing your finances before, during and after graduate school is as important as managing your program of study. Contact the Financial Aid Office to learn about your financial aid options and how to offset the cost of tuition.

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