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Special Education (For Non-Credential Holders)

University of San Francisco

24 months
1045 USD/credit 21945 USD/year
1045 USD/credit 21945 USD/year
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The Special Education (For Non-Credential Holders) at University of San Francisco aims to prepare graduates to teach students with disabilities to be successful learners.


The Special Education (For Non-Credential Holders) program at University of San Francisco is designed to prepare interns for special education careers in diverse, multicultural, urban schools.

Our program offers two pathways. One for candidates who already hold a teaching credential and one for those who are new to the profession. Both of the program pathways include working as paid intern teachers in Bay Area schools.

Graduates with Special Education (For Non-Credential Holders) from University of San Francisco will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced skill in selecting, designing, administering, and interpreting informal and formal reading assessments.
  • use performance data and input from various sources to make or suggest appropriate modifications in a broad spectrum of learning environments.
  • demonstrate differentiated teaching skills in his or her classrooms.
  • describe a variety of instructional procedures and demonstrate the advanced ability to use appropriate instruction for students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds across a variety of settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Multiple Subject Curriculum and Instruction - Math & Science
  • Multiple Subject Curriculum and Instruction - Early Literacy 
  • Educational Practices for the Learning Specialist 
  • Development of Legal and Educational Foundations for the Learning Specialist
  • Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 
  • Consultation and Collaboration 
  • Instructional Uses of Technology for Learning Specialists 
  • Behavior Management 
  • Data-based Instruction 
  • Assessment in Special Education 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have earned their bachelor's and/or masters' degrees from a regionally accredited institution. 
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Certification of Finances
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • Transcript (Academic Record) from each university or college attended
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume or CV
    • Two Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21945 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1045 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    21945 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1045 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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