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Admissions Information

Program Priorities

The FSM Special Education Bachelors Program will accept applications from eligible students based on the following priorities:

  1. Priority 1 – Teachers currently employed in the area of special education who need to complete a BA degree and meet the minimum qualification requirements.
  2. Priority 2 – Teachers currently employed in regular education who desire to become a special education teacher and meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Application Requirements

            Interested applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter lower division transferable units.
  2. Have a grade point average of 2.80 or better.
  3. Completed 3 credit semester hours in Composition.   (A 3 unit Freshmen composition course will satisfy this requirement).
  4. Completed 3 credit semester hours in Mathematics.  (Math course of Algebra or higher will satisfy this requirement).

Alternate Qualification Requirements Adult Students

For applicants not meeting the general requirements above will be considered for admittance under the Adult Learner classification. As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the Tests of General Educational Development or the California High School Proficiency Examination)
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.  Part-time enrollment is permissible.
  3. If there has been any college attendance in the past five years, has earned a grade point average of 2.0 or better in all college work attempted.
  4. Test results verifying completion of the current San Diego State University mathematics and writing competency requirements.  Current competency requirements and minimum test scores are published in the University General Catalog and each semester’s Class schedule.


Additional Requirements

Applicants seeking admission as an adult student must also submit a statement of no more than two pages describing the alternate preparation which the applicant feels has prepared him or her for successful university work.  The statement should also describe the applicants educational goals and what preparation has been made to pursue these goals.  Consideration for admission will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language

All applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from the Director of Education in their State, certified copies of all college transcripts, and a $55.00 SDSU Application Fee.



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