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Steps in applying to MSEd: Special Education program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to Master of Science in Education: Special Education program

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Deadlines and key dates:

Priority Application Deadline April 1st.

  • Completed applications received after the priority deadline may be considered until the cohort is full or be placed on a wait list.

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate Admission:

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission form: Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building Office 107. You must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the Master of Science in Education: Special Education program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.
  • $60 application fee
  • Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. If the applicant’s cumulative GPA is below 3.00, but a calculation using the last 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of graded course work is 3.0 or higher, the latter will be used as the basis for admission. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived.
    • GPA requirement: Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted. A student who has an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 can be admitted conditionally for the first 9 credit hours. Students can petition for conditional graduate admission via the graduate student general petition located on the graduate office website. *Conditionally admitted students will not be able to receive financial aid until they become fully admitted students and a program plan is on file.
  1.  Apply for Master of Science in Education: Special Education program admission:

    • Completed, signed and dated Special Educator Program Application
    • Three confidential letters of recommendation MUST be mailed directly by each reference to the WOU Special Educator Program (address on forms). You must NOT submit the completed reference forms with your application. Download the Confidential Reference form.
    • Documentation for completion of one of the following tests: SAT/ACT/GRE (No minimum score required for this portion of the application)
    • Copies of official transcripts from all universities attended are to be submitted with the WOU Application for Graduate Admission. Photocopies will be made for your Special Education Program file and the College of Education.
 

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"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

"When I joined the Special Educator program at WOU, I could not have been more pleased with how well it prepared me for a professional career as a teacher. Everything in our preservice training was about high performance and gaining an honest familiarity with this discipline, and yet it was blended with a freedom to be connected to our own individualism. Every lecture, every teaching strategy presented, was ultimately about the goal of equipping us to transform the lives of students and meet their needs in profound ways. Western Oregon respects the diversity and autonomy of its students, but also equips each person to become an expert in their chosen field. Through exposure to cutting edge best practices, growth opportunities in student teaching, and guidance from some of the nation’s top professors, WOU has truly found a way to send out the best of the best."

Jake Dorr

M.S. in Ed. Special Education

"The journey to become a special education teacher is a demanding, rigorous path. WOU’s special education program requires its students to fully commit to the hard work it takes to become a great educator, but it’s a collaborative journey. The professors are there every step of the way to deliver the guidance and tools required for you to find success. Their backgrounds in education provide more than mere textbook learning. I gained knowledge through experiential learning, insight from cutting edge research, opportunities to hone my classroom skills, and a local community of professional K-12 teachers who are now my colleagues and mentors. Ultimately, you get out what you put in. So dive in, commit fully to the journey, and WOU’s program will guide you in creating a fulfilling career where you have the honor of helping students reach their own potential every day."

Josh Wolf

M.S. in Ed. Special Education

"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