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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 2018

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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If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Jennifer Keen, Program Assistant: keenj@wou.edu or 503-838-8471

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"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