Education Specialist Credential Program
(Special Education)
Admission Requirements


Individuals may apply to an Education Specialist Credential Program if they have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or if they have obtained senior status or 90 units toward graduation (with the exception of the Blended Degree Program). Candidates applying for the Education Specialist Credential Program are expected to meet the admission requirements identified below. The following documentation must be returned to the Education Student Services Center, Education Building, Room 100.

All requirements are subject to change due to new legislative mandates.

University Admission Requirements

*If you are a current Fresno State undergrad student that will be continuing as an undergrad or if you are a current  Fresno State post-baccalaureate student that will be continuing as a post-baccalaureate, disregard this step.

*If you are an undergraduate student that is NOT currently enrolled at Fresno State and will be starting the credential program as an undergraduate, apply to the university as an undergraduate student and adhere to the university undergraduate application deadlines.

Students starting the credential program as a post-baccalaureate student, complete the California State University, Fresno application for Graduate Admission available online at Please refer to the CSU Mentor instructions for assistance in applying to the university.

To complete your university application, you must send:

1. One set of official transcripts from each college attended, excluding Fresno State. (Failure to provide official transcripts to University Admissions will delay your program admission). Transcripts are not required if the most recent school you attended was Fresno State.

2.  A $55.00 application fee to Fresno State.

Mail the above items to the following address: University Admissions–Graduate; 5150 N. Maple Ave., M/S JA 57; Fresno, CA 93740-8026. Your university admission status may be checked at

Apply to Fresno State

Program Admission Requirements

Now that you have completed the university application, you need to complete the requirements for the credential program application.

Below you will find an explanation of the additional documents you need to submit to ED 100 in order to be considered for admission.

All documents required for program admission are to be assembled in one complete packet and submitted to the Education Student Services Center in the Education Building, ED 100.

Required Forms

Adding an Education Specialist Credential onto an existing Multiple or Single Subject Credential 

If you already possess a Multiple Subject or Single* Subject Credential and would like to add an Education Specialist Credential, complete only the following items:

*Single Subject advising needed for Subject Matter Competency

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Applicant Data Sheet

Complete all required information on the Application Data Sheet.

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Documentation of University Admission

Provide one of the following:

  • Notice of application received from Fresno State
  • Current transcripts from Fresno State showing courses in progress (unofficial transcripts accepted)
  • Receipt of application fee paid to Fresno State
  • On-line application receipt

NOTE: At the time of graduation with a baccalaureate degree you must reapply to the university as a post baccalaureate student.

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Orientation Session Attendance Form

Upcoming Education Specialist Program Orientation Dates:

Contact the Education Specialist Coordinator, Dr. Jamgochian at to schedule an orientation.

You will receive a signed verification of attendance form at the orientation, which must be included in your admission application packet. The Orientation Attendance Form must be dated no more than one year prior to submitting your application.

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Verification of Pre-Program Field Experience (EHD 50/Waiver)

This requirement is met by:

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Basic Skills Requirement

The candidate must meet this requirement by one of the following:

•  Submit original score report showing a score of “college ready” or “exempt” in the English and Math sections of the Early Assessment Program (EAP)


• Submit original score report showing a score of 50 on the Entry Level Math (ELM) exam and 151 on the English Placement Test (EPT).


• The candidate can also submit a combination of the scores from the EAP and the EPT/ELM as long as they passed a section of the English and a section for Math.


• Take all three subtests of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and submit verification of having passed CBEST or, at a minimum, have passing scores on the Reading (41) and Writing (41). Please note: You must show proof of passing all three sections prior to Final Student Teaching. Registration and test information may be obtained at


• Submit verification of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Writing Skills exam and CSET: Multiple Subject exam. Registration information may be obtained at


• Submit verification of a score of 3 or higher on the AP English Language and Composition or the AP English Literature and Composition Exam and a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus or Statistics Exam.

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CSET Scores

The candidate shall have taken and passed all three (3) Multiple Subject CSET subtests and have submitted verification of having passed CSET. A copy of your current CSET scores must be included in your application. Registration and test information may be obtained at

NOTE: For “true” blending students (Liberal Studies majors who will start the credential program as an undergraduate Liberal Studies student)), the candidate shall have taken and passed all three (3) subtests of CSET PRIOR to applying to final student teaching.

NOTE: A Special Consideration Form must be completed if the required CSET tests have not been met.

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GPA Requirement

For admission, the candidate shall have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted. (Failure to provide official transcripts to University Admissions will delay your program admission).

NOTE: A Special Consideration Form must be completed if your grade point average (GPA) does not meet the minimum requirement.

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Admission Interview Form

Please word process your responses to the questions on the Admission Interview Form prior to your scheduled interview. You may sign up for an interview at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development Building, Room 250 or call (559) 278-0240. Turn in the written responses and signed form with your application.

In addition, complete the "application" section of the Dispositions Self-Assessment and bring it with you to your interview.

The interview provides the Kremen School of Education and Human Development with the opportunity to welcome and assist you in setting goals for your own professional development. The purpose of the 20 minute interview is to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate: verbal and written language skills, professional conduct, professional goals, and cultural awareness.

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Medical Clearance Form

Take this form to the Fresno State Student Health Center or to a private physician or appropriate health agency to secure the signatures verifying a current TB skin test (within one year prior to application).

NOTE: We cannot accept your medical records to verify your TB test. You must have the actual Medical Clearance Form signed due to state mandated requirements.

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Letters of Recommendation (two required)

Ask two instructors, supervisors or other individuals who know you professionally (ex. employer, teacher, etc.) to write a letter of recommendation on their personal or professional letterhead with recent date. Submit the two letters with your application packet. (Please do not have the letters sent directly to the Education Student Services Center.)

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Advising Form

Select the appropriate Advising Form for your program. Please sign and submit the form with your admission packet.

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Certificate of Clearance

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires that each individual who wishes to perform certified services in a California school provide facts which establish his/her true identity and good moral character.

The Certificate of Clearance or approved permit must either be valid or expired for no more than 18 months while in the credential program and at the time that credential candidates apply to receive their credential per CTC regulations.

For instructions on obtaining a Certificate of Clearance, click on the Livescan/Certificate of Clearance Instructions.

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Field Placement Information Sheet

All program applicants must complete a Field Placement Information Sheet. The process of determining placements will not start until teacher candidates are cleared and registered. Some placement options will fill quickly. Location requests are considered but not guaranteed

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Financial Aid Petition (if applying for financial aid)

If you are applying for financial aid, it is likely that you will need to fill out a petition form due to the number of units required for this program. After you have been admitted, but before you complete 30 units in the program, see the Financial Aid Office in Joyal, room 296 for the appropriate form.

Program Adviser Contact Information 

For an appointment, call (559) 278-0300

  • Jessica Choy, Adviser
  • Johnny Conley, Adviser

Dr. Elisa Jamgochian, Education Specialist Program Coordinator
(559) 278-0250

Dr. Susan Macy, Early Childhood Emphasis (ECE) Coordinator
(559) 278-0267

Mr. Rich Firpo, Teacher Internship Program (TIP) Coordinator
(559) 278-0232

Dr. Colleen Torgerson, Central Valley Partnership for Exemplary Teachers (CPET) Co-Coordinator
(559) 278-0250

Ms. Janine Quisenberry, Central Valley Partnership for Exemplary Teachers (CPET) Co-Coordinator
(559) 278-0257

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Policy for Submitted Documents

Policy change effective January 1, 2009: Once documents are submitted to the Education Student Services Center, they become the property of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. We suggest you make a copy of all items before submitting them. No documents will be returned once they have been submitted.

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Appeal of Admission Decision Process

Applicants who have received written notification of denial of admission to the program have an opportunity to make a formal appeal for Special Consideration to the KSOEHD Admissions and Standards Committee. For Special Consideration review, the candidate shall have taken all three (3) CBEST subtests and submit verification of having passed CBEST or, at a minimum passing scores on the Reading (41) and Writing (41).

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