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Master of Arts in Special Education

Apply to the M.A. in Special Education Program


Application Deadlines

The deadlines below apply to both the Cal State Apply and Kremen School Application.

application deadlines
Spring 2021 Fall 2021
Closed June 1, 2021

Two Applications Required

  1. Kremen School Application: See below for the program application.
  2. Fresno State Application: Apply at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Submit Your Kremen School Application 

Email: Application and supporting documents may be emailed to kremengradapp@mail.fresnostate.edu. For letters of recommendation, your recommender may mail the letter and rubric to the address below, or email the letter and rubric to the email mentioned above. A copy of the rubric may be downloaded here. Please have your recommender put your name in the subject line.

Mail: You may include your sealed letters of recommendation in your application packet.  Applications may be mailed to:

Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Center for Advising and Student Services
Attn:  Renee Petch
5005 N. Maple Ave. M/S 301
Fresno, CA 93740

Kremen School Application Process

Application for New Students

If you are a returning student (have been gone for longer than one semester) or a new student, you need to apply to the university through Cal State Apply and submit the program application.

Fill in the information and submit with required documentation.

Program Application

  • Provide copy of Cal State Apply confirmation page as proof of application, or
  • Provide copy of unofficial Fresno State transcripts showing current enrollment.

Provide a copy of all unofficial transcripts (or copy of official transcripts).

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 3.0 on any post baccalaureate work at Fresno State.

This is a 1 -2 page, typed statement of your purpose for applying to the program.  Focus on your present situation and your short and long-term professional goals.  The form is included in the program application packet.

Include letters of reference and rubrics from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who are in a position to evaluate you in terms of your potential for graduate student in the program.  The rubric form is included in the program application packet.

You must meet this requirement by one of the following:

  • Obtaining a minimum of a 41+ on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) writing portion, or pass all sections of the entire test (provide copy).
  • Passing all 3 sections of the CSET Multiple Subject test and the Writing Skills test (provide copy).
  • Obtaining a minimum passing score on the Upper Division Writing Examination (UDWE) as an undergraduate.
  • Earning a grade of "B" or better in any "W" course taken at Fresno State.
  • Substitution request approved by the Graduate Coordinator for course taken at another institution.
To have courses that you have taken at another institution reviewed for substitution, please complete the Writing Substitution Request form.

You must have successfully completed a Level I or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program.

If you are a student at Fresno State, you must be in the final semester of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program to be accepted into the Clear Education Specialist Credential program.  Submit a copy of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential once it has been granted by the Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC). 

If you received your Level I or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential from another institution, you must present a copy of the credential.

This brief interview is required by state law and will relate to your progress in the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program, your satisfaction and success in your Preliminary Education Specialist Credential authorized work setting and your suitability for the Clear Education Specialist Credential program. 

Arrangements can be made by contacting the Program Coordinator, Dr. William Garnett at wgarnett@csufresno.edu.

Application for Current Fresno State Education Specialist Credential Students

If you are a current Fresno State Student in the Education Specialist Credential program, you do not need to reapply to the university through Cal State Apply, you only need to submit the program application.

Fill in the information and submit with required documentation.

Program Application

Provide a copy of all unofficial transcripts (or copy of official transcripts).

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 3.0 on any post-baccalaureate work at Fresno State.

You must have successfully completed a Level I or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program.

If you are a student at Fresno State, you must be in the final semester of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program to be accepted into the Clear Education Specialist Credential program.  Submit a copy of the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential once it has been granted by the Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC). 

If you received your Level I or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential from another institution, you must present a copy of the credential.

You will need to submit a Change of Major form to the Division of Graduate Studies in order to add the master's degree to your student program plan.

Download and complete the form, take the form to the Cashier's Window in Joyal to pay the $5 fee, and then submit to the Division of Research and Graduate Studies (Thomas Administration Building room 130)

Questions?

Contact the Program Coordinator

Dr. William Garnett
wgarnett@csufresno.edu 

Student Services

Room: ED100
Phone: 559.278.0300
Email: kremenschool@csufresno.edu   

Graduate Admissions Analyst: Renee Petch

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Visit our FAQ page for additional information.

Student Resources

Fresno State offers many avenues to receive assistance. Visit our Resources page.