Credential Office

Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential

This program leads to completion of a Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential for those with a Preliminary Education Specialist credential in the following specialization areas: Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Early Childhood Special Education; Mild/Moderate Disabilities; or Moderate/Severe Disabilities.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Clear Induction Credential Program is to provide a mechanism for the successful induction of a new professional special educator.  This requires collaboration and shared responsibility among the candidate, university advisor, and support provider. In accordance with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the Clear Induction Credential Program includes collaboration with the teacher’s employer, multiple opportunities for support and professional development, an Individualized Induction Plan (IIP), and advanced coursework to address the teacher’s individual needs.

The Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential requires that the induction component be completed in a school setting.  Each candidate, as part of admission to the Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential Program, must submit an Education Specialist Verification of Employment or Field Educational Setting form.

Important: If you need to clear both a Special Education and a General Education credential you may do so concurrently by applying to the program that relates to the content area in which you are currently employed in, for example if you are currently employed as a Special Education teacher you would apply to the Clear Induction Education Specialist program.

Admission Requirements

You may be required to submit two online applications.  For the Credential Program application we encourage you to start early and be prepared to scan and upload documents.

Please note: You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted.
IMPORTANT: If you hold a Preliminary or Level I Education Specialist Credential based on an out-of-state or out-of-country teacher preparation program, you may be required to complete additional state requirements to qualify for the Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential and/or to be admissible to the program.  Before continuing the application process, contact a Credential Advisor at 818-677-2733.  

University Application

Complete the online application at Cal State Apply. There is a $55 application fee. We have recently upgraded our online university application to the Cal State Apply system. This upgrade is still in progress and so some of our academic programs may not be immediately visible. If you are having difficulty with Cal State Apply, you can seek help via:
This application is not required if currently enrolled as a CSUN graduate student.
Credential Program Application
All candidates must submit a separate program application online to the Credential Office which includes the following items:
Start early, and be prepared to scan and upload documents.
  • Online Program Application - Submit online along with nonrefundable $50.00 application processing fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be assessed at checkout).
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted in person or by mail to the Credential Office at:

IMPORTANT! Do not mail in transcripts until you have submitted your online application. You should request all transcripts sent directly to your home address, once you have gathered all transcripts you may submit them.

Cal State Northridge
Credential Office EA 103
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265
 If currently a CSUN student or if you are a CSUN graduate, transcripts do not need to be submitted unless you have completed post baccalaureate coursework at another institution.
  • Credential Document- Provide a copy of a Preliminary or Level I Education Specialist Credential (if credential document has expired you must submit valid fingerprint clearance, information on how to obtain fingerprint clearance can be found here).
  • Verification of Employment or Field Educational Setting - If currently employed, in a Education Specialist setting, submit a Verification of Employment Form completed by your employee district. If not currently employed a Verification Fieldwork Educational Setting Form will need to be obtained by meeting with the appropriate faculty advisor.

Additional Admission Requirements

If you did not complete a Preliminary or Level I Education Specialist Teaching Credential program at CSU Northridge, you will need to submit the following as part of your online credential program application.

  • Statement of Professional Plans/Interest - Submit a brief essay (two to three pages), in which you discuss how you arrived at the decision to become a special education teacher, and what you find most rewarding and most challenging about the role. Include in your essay what you hope to gain from participation in the CSUN Clear Induction Credential Program.
  • Letters of Recommendations - Two professional recommendations using the specific forms found here, must be uploaded with your application.  At least one of these should be from a supervising teacher or administrator at the school in which you are currently employed.  Other appropriate references are college or university faculty members who are familiar with your academic capabilities. 

Program Requirements and Information

  • GPA and Retention - Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 since admission and 3.0 with no grades lower than “C” in the professional program coursework.
  •  Repeat of Courses - With prior permission a graduate student may repeat up to 6 units of credit in which a grade of "B-" or below (including a grade of "U") was achieved.  In these cases only the most recent grade will count in the GPA.  Students must complete a Course Repeat Form and obtain authorizing signatures prior to registering for the course to be repeated, per University policy.
  • Master’s Degree Programs in Special Education - Should you plan to work concurrently for a Clear Induction Education Specialist Credential and a Master’s Degree, you must be admitted to the Master’s Program in the area of your choice.  Consult the Special Education Department and your advisor for further information.

Select specialized area for complete program and course outline

Contact Information and Advisement

For questions regarding the program application process, please contact the Credential Office at (818) 677-2733 or .

Academic advisement is provided by the Department of Special Education. Once you have been formally admitted by the Credential Office contact the Department of Special Education office at (818) 677-2596 (Voice/TTY) to make an advisement appointment.

If you require the Verification Fieldwork Educational Setting Form, you will need to contact the appropriate faculty advisor.

Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Deaf and Hard of Hearing         
Early Childhood Special Education

Program Completion Process

Information regarding how to apply to have the new Education Specialist authorization added to your existing credential document can be found on our website