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California State University, Fullerton. College of Education Department of Special Education Overview. California State University, Fullerton. Department of Special Education 800 N. State College Blvd. P.O. Box 6868 Fullerton, CA 92831-6868 Judy Smith, Ed.D., Lecturer,

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california state university fullerton

California State University, Fullerton

College of Education

Department of Special Education


california state university fullerton2

California State University, Fullerton

Department of Special Education

800 N. State College Blvd.

P.O. Box 6868

Fullerton, CA 92831-6868

Judy Smith, Ed.D., Lecturer,

Coordinator of admissions.

EC 552

Ph#: 714 278-5176

Admissions support: Diana Avendano


EC 182


california state university fullerton where learning is preeminent

California State University, Fullerton: where “Learning is preeminent”

“We aspire to combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities to actively engage students, faculty and staff to work in close collaboration and expand knowledge”


About the Department of Special EducationThe faculty in the department of special education is nationally recognized for its contributions in the field of Special Education. In addition to NCATE and CTC accreditation, the department takes pride in meeting many of the recommended program standards set by the Council for Exceptional Children, (CEC). The department is both substantive and technical, theoretical and practical and realist and entrepreneurial.

phases of the level i special education program
Phases of the Level I Special Education Program
  • Prerequisite
  • Core components
  • Advanced Specialization
special education specialist credential and certificate offerings
Special Education Specialist Credential and Certificate Offerings
  • Special Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate
  • Special Education Specialist Credential: Moderate/Severe
  • Early Childhood Special Education Credential/Certificate
  • RSP Certficate
prerequisites necessary for admission to the special education specialist credential program
Attendance at an overview

University graduate application submitted,$55 fee

Department of Special Education application submitted w/$50. fee

Letter of Intent

GPA overall 2.75, last 60 units for credential; 3.0 master degree

Passage of California Basic Education Skills test (CBEST)

3 Letters of recommendation

Letter of Intent

TB Test results/MMR recs.

Department interview with faculty will be scheduled TB Test results/MMR recs.

Certificate of Clearance

U.S. Constitution/govt.

Passage of Subject Matter Competency (CSET)

Prerequisites Necessary for Admission to the Special Education Specialist Credential Program
satisfactory completion of pre requisite courses
Satisfactory completion of pre requisite courses
  • SPED 371 (all candidates)
  • EDEL 315 A and B, CAS 325/312 or equivalent for those students interested in working with elementary students (k-8) or
  • EDSC 310 and EDSC 320 for students interested in working with secondary students or
  • HCOM 407 for those students interested in Early Childhood Special Education only: CAS 315 for those interested in the Intern program for ECSE
  • Check with advisor before enrolling.
double credential option

Double Credential Option

Students wishing to add a multiple subject credential and CLAD to their specialist credential must take, in addition to the program pre requisites, SPED 434, 438, and 451

Students wishing to add the single subject credential and CLAD to their specialist credentials must take, in addition to the program pre requisites, SPED 434 and 438 (equivalent to EDSC 410)

rsp certificate csu fullerton maintains the older certificate prerequisites are

RSP Certificate: CSU,Fullerton maintains the older Certificate: Prerequisites are:

Professional clear General Education Credential

Life/Ryan LH Special Education Credential

phases of level ii program
Phases of Level II Program
  • Induction Period
  • Specific Area of Emphasis
  • Core Classes
  • Master of Science in Education/emphasis on special education option.
master s degree program phases
Master’s Degree Program Phases
  • Five (5) core classes
  • Four (4) Electives
  • One (1) Project or Thesis
full time day program

Full-Time Day Program

We offer a stellar program for candidates who choose to be in a full-time day program (must be free every day from 7:30 am to 4 pm.).

Students who chose this option will enroll in cohort 40

advantages of the full time program
Advantages of the Full-time Program
  • Candidates are able to earn their preliminary special education specialist credential in one calendar year
  • 18 units sem. 1 (6 units-student teaching)
  • 18 units, sem. 2 (6 units-student teaching)
  • 1- 3 unit course in winter and 1 in summer
  • Full-time day students are given priority registration for classes
evening program
Evening Program
  • Designed for students who are teaching
  • Most evening classes are held from 4-6:45, some from 7-8:45 and some on Saturday
  • Students receive on-the-job site support from university supervisors for their student teaching requirements. Students who chose this option will enroll in cohort 30. This option also supports candidates who work as paraeducators.
internship program
A collaborative program

On-the-job support guidance and feedback

An two-year Intern credential tied to the job and district of employment

Four days released time

On site peer support

University Seminars

Site University Supervision

Internship Program
intern requirements
Formal admission to the university and to the Special Education Credential Program

Completion of core courses; (SpEd 421,430a and 462)

Cooperating School district

Letter of intent to hire on Intern credential from school district

University (Joan Monteverde, College Park) receives letter from the student

Subject matter (CSET)

Intern requirements
next steps
Next Steps
  • Apply to the credential program
  • Schedule an Interview
  • When your letter of acceptance is received:
  • Attend a new student orientation

(this is NOT a tour of campus)

  • Meet with your assigned faculty


important websites
  • CBEST info:
  • CSET info:
  • To enroll adjunct:
  • CSUF Career Center:
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:
  • Center for Careers in Teaching: