Special Education Credential Programs

Our nationally accredited program prepares candidates to teach students with disabilities in diverse classrooms and inclusive settings. All admission requirements and documentation must be submitted at the time of application, including verification of passing at least one Multiple Subject CSET subtest and all sections of the CBEST test.

You may be eligible to receive financial aid while completing the credential program. For more information, click here. TEACH grants are available to eligible admitted credential students. For more information, click here.

Specialized Program Options

At Fresno State we can tailor your credential program to your specific interests and needs. We offer complementary programs in the following areas:

Education Specialist (Special Education) Teaching Credential

The Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to teach students with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities (grades TK-age 22) in public or private school programs, clinics, special schools, resource classrooms, educational programs, residential facilities, hospitals, and other agencies serving persons with disabilities. In addition, we offer a unique program that includes the Special Education Professional Clear advanced credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education in one streamlined program. Our accreditated program prepares teacher candidates through required coursework and fieldwork to teach in special education classrooms and inclusive settings. APPLY NOW!

Dual Credential (Special Education + Multiple Subject)

Teacher candidates may simultaneously work on an Education Specialist and Multiple Subject teaching credential. Some of the courses are required for both credentials and specialized dual student teaching placements are used. In addition, we offer a unique program that includes the Special Education Professional Clear advanced credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education in one streamlined program. APPLY NOW!

Teacher Internship Program

If you would like to work toward earning your Education Specialist or Dual credential while teaching in your own classroom, you may qualify for the Teacher Internship Program. For more information, click here.

Deaf Education Credential (Multiple Subject + Deaf Education)

The Deaf Education program prepares candidates to teach deaf and hard of hearing students and provides a broad background in bilingual-bi-cultural education, total communication, and cued speech philosophies along with speech, language, auditory training, deaf culture, and American Sign Language. To enroll in this program, you must apply to Fresno State under the Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies Department as well as the Kremen School Multiple Subject Credential Program. For more information contact Janice Smith-Warshaw at jsmithwarshaw@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2423.

Summer 2017 Intern-Ready Boot Camp

Candidates currently employed by school districts on short term permits (PIPs, STSPs) and have met subject matter competency by Fall 2017, may register for summer coursework to become "Intern-Read". Please contact the Teacher Internship Program for more information.