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M.S. in Education: Special Education Early Intervention

EI/SE Endorsement I-21 Credits

The EI/SE I is an add-on endorsement program for people with elementary, special education or K-12 licenses and consists of 21 credit hours of course work and practica. All candidates complete a 12 credit hour early intervention core and nine credit hour special education core or a nine credit hour early childhood education core, depending on license and experience at entry. The early intervention core includes two three credit hour practica that give students experience across the age range of the endorsement (i.e., birth through primary level). Additional graduate coursework can be taken for Standard or Continuing Licensure requirements and includes advanced course work in special education and/or early childhood education as determined with an advisor and can also be part of a Master of Science in Education: Special Education program.

Early Intervention Core (12 credits)

  • SPED 671 Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 677 Collaborative Services in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 609 Practicum: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (6 credits) -or-
  • SPED 610 Internship EI/ECSE (6 credits)

Students having an Elementary Education Endorsement or Special Education license will complete nine credits from one of the following:

  • Special Education Core (9 credits)
    • Courses selected with consent of advisor
  • Early Childhood Core (9 credits)
    • Courses selected with consent of advisor


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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