Humboldt State University

School of Education

Special Education

To learn more about our program, come to one of our orientation meetings. Click here for dates/times of orientation meetings. We also offer FREE CSET Test Prep workshops (click to learn more).

Why Teach Special Education?


As a teacher you can make a difference in the life of a child or youth in your community. Teaching is a rewarding career and the need for teachers is growing every day!

Special Education Deadlines

The Special Education Application deadline is June 1st. Submit early, as space is limited. Special Education coursework begins in the fall semester. The program application and admissions guide can be found on this page in the green box to the right. Call the Program Coordinator Peggy Kirkpatrick at 707.826.5795 for more information.

  1. Apply to the SPED Program
  2. Meet Admission Requirements as set forth in the application
  3. Apply to HSU as graduate student
  4. Apply for Certificate of Clearance to California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
The Educational Specialist Program - Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe:

The Special Education Credential program is a one-year course of study that begins in the fall semester of each year. Students will obtain a preliminary credential by taking a 41-unit professional education program to qualify for K-12 Special Education teaching positions. The Moderate/Severe specialization may be added to an existing Preliminary Special Education Credential.

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