About Our Program

Preliminary Mild/Moderate

Credentials in Mild/Moderate Disabilities authorize the provision of services to individuals in grades K through 12, including adults, with mild/moderate disabilities. Read more about our Preliminary Mild/Moderate program.

Preliminary Moderate/Severe

This credential authorizes the teaching of individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities. Read more about our Preliminary Moderate/Severe program.

Preliminary Early Childhood

Early childhood special education includes the provision of educational services to children from birth through pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention, special education, and/or related services under federal and state laws. Read more about our Preliminary Early Childhood program.

Clear (Professional Level II) Education Specialist (Fall 2010 and after)

Professional Level II Education Specialist Credential for Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe, and Early Childhood Special Education for candidates who have a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential who started our program in the Fall of 2010 or later. Read more about our Clear (Professional Level II) Education Specialist program.

Level II (pre Fall 2010)

Graduates of a Level I Program working under a Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential authorizing service in a specific area must complete their Level II preparation within a five-year period. Read more about our Level II program.

Intern Credential Programs

The purpose of Intern Credentials is to allow teachers in high-need subject areas to begin teaching immediately, while still earning a credential, and with extensive support. Visit our Intern Credentials page for more information about gaining an Intern Mild/Moderate, Intern Moderate/Severe, and Intern Early Childhood Credential.

Admissions Information

Admission to Teacher Education

Our Admission to Teacher Education Department is here to assist and guide you through the admissions process. We can be reached by phone at: (657) 278-4196 or you may visit us on-campus at:

Admission to Teacher Education Department
Cal State Fullerton, College Park
2600 East Nutwood Avenue, Suite 540
Fullerton, California 92831
Office Hours: Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Requirements & Documentation

To apply to the Special Education Credential Program, you must first be enrolled at Cal State Fullerton. Begin that process at CSU Apply (  Refer to the links below for all other requirements and downloads:

Credential Enrollment Fee

All Credential students who intend to enroll at CSU Fullerton must accept their offer of admission and pay a non-refundable $250 enrollment deposit. The deposit will offset a portion of your Registration Fees for the first semester. This is NOT an additional fee. Once paid, this deposit will reduce the cost of your fall tuition by $250.

You must accept admission and pay your enrollment deposit through your Student Portal, within the Student Center. Under the Admissions area of the Student Center, click on the Application Status link. The Accept/Decline button will be displayed. Click on the Accept/Decline button to accept your admission to CSU Fullerton. Accepting admission and paying the enrollment deposit are required to confirm your intent to enroll at CSU Fullerton.

Our College-wide deadline for final payment the $250 enrollment deposit is July 15th.

Students with financial aid will have the enrollment deposit waived until financial aid is awarded.

For further questions regarding this new process, please visit this link.

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Page updated: June 9, 2017