ACT-R is committed to preparing the highest quality special educators, teachers who are able to assume leadership roles and serve as change agents in high need schools. With a focused purpose to improve student outcomes, ACT-R graduates will promote educational equity for English learners and children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs.


ACT-R is accepting applications during the summer of 2014 until spaces are filled in the following specializations: mild/moderate disabilities, moderate/severe disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, and early childhood special education.

Steps for Admission to the ACT-R Program

Step 1

Submit application to CSUN through CSU MENTOR

You are applying to the credential and master's programs. Indicate both on the application. Please note for classified status to the Master's program:

  • If you do not have a GPA of 3.0, you must complete the GRE with score at or above the 50th percentile in one section.
  • If you did not complete a degree at CSUN, you must take the upper writing proficiency exam and receive a score of 8 or better.
Step 2

Submit the credential application to the Credential Office, including passage of the multiple subjects CSET with the writing section, or single subject CSET and CBEST exams.

Step 3

Submit the online ACT-R application (no longer available), with the following:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Recommendation for Credential Program in Special Education forms
  • Copy of your undergraduate transcripts (may be official or unofficial)
  • GRE scores, if taken
  • Upper writing proficiency exam score, if taken
Step 4

Interview with ACT-R Specialization Coordinator. Once the ACT-R application is complete, the ACT-R office will contact you and request that you email the appropriate coordinator for an interview.

Step 5
Interview with ACT-R Faculty. Eligible applicants will be invited for a second interview to be held with the ACT-R faculty and a small group of applicants. The ACT-R office will contact you for an interview.