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M.S. in Education: Special Education Early Intervention

Designed for:

To train and prepare teachers in the special education needs of children from birth to age 8, and to teach strategies for meeting those needs.

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Desire to teach special education

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Finishing will take:

  • 2 years
  • Minimum 45 credits
    • Must meet with advisor to create a program contract
  • A professional portfolio

Begin your MSEd: Special Education program:

Fall term 2019, our 2018 cohort is full

Where you will take classes:

  • On campus

Technology you will need:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)
  • Printer (optional)

Licensing required:

Most applicants are licensed teachers, however licensure is not required. This program is designed to meet the requirements for TSPC licensure.

Where this degree can take you:

  • Teaching birth-8 years old
  • Preparation for doctoral programs

What you will learn:

The EI/SE programs incorporate standards based on developmentally appropriate practices (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and recommended practices (Council for Exceptional Children-Divison for Early Childhood). Professional practices guide the WOU EI/SE students in their acquisition of knowledge and skills in following key areas of direct services:

  • Assessment
  • Child-focused practices
  • Family-based practices
  • Interdisciplinary models
  • Technology application
  • Application of recommended practices of program assessment and improvement

Students complete the EI/SE programs prepared to serve as specialists and leaders in the field of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Apply practical knowledge in the education of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and primary aged children;
  2. Be thoroughly familiar with children’s developmental patterns and open to innovative ways of maximizing these pupils’ potentials; and
  3. Have the specialized knowledge, skill and attitudes needed to collaborate with parents and professionals to promote the needs of the child.

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"The WOU SpEd program provided me the experience and knowledge to become the best teacher I could be. The program provided me with opportunities to grow and expand in my teaching skills. The support and encouragement from my professors, helped foster the strength and determination to grow in my leadership skills. The small cohort sizes helped create an environment of collaboration and diversity, to impact my future students for the better. Everyone within the SpEd program have a similar vision. This vision is: to provide students with opportunities to grow their minds, hearts and independence skills; in order for students to have a positive impact on the community and world in which they live."

Katelyn Coburn

M.S. in Ed. Special Education

"I graduated from Western Oregon University’s Masters of Science in Special Education in 2017. During my final year, I was able to work as an intern teacher in a neighboring school district, which afforded me the opportunity to gain real-life experiences outside of the classroom. Now, I have my dream job of teaching developmental kindergarten. Education gives to those who seek it the opportunity to become well rounded, resourceful, and competent professionals, and Western Oregon University will open doors you never dreamed possible."

Marco Listella-Alumni

M.S. in Ed. Special Education

"I could not be happier with the decision to earn my bachelor's and master's degrees from WOU's teaching and special education programs. While I am no longer teaching special education, I continue to utilize the skills and knowledge I gained at Western in my position as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Dallas High School. I am thrilled with the level of instruction, dedication and support I received from every instructor at WOU."​

Tim Larson

M.S. in Ed. Special Education

"Being a student in the M.S. in SpEd program at Western Oregon University gave me the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that equipped me to become an effective teacher. The professors in this program provide both challenge and motivation in the classroom setting through the support, knowledge, and enthusiasm that they exhibit in their teaching practices. Aside from establishing positive relationships with the professors, I also had the opportunity to build relationships with mentors in a nearby school district, while completing my field experience requirements. Receiving mentorship and guidance in the special education field before beginning my teaching career, helped me apply the knowledge that I had gained in my classes to support students in their academic and/or functional development. Overall, this program helped me grow so much as a person and a teacher, and I know it will do the same for you."

Nicolette Wise

M.S. in Ed. Special Education