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M.S. in Education: Special Education

Master of Science in Education: Special Education

45 total credits

Professional Core (12 credits)

  • ED 611 Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • ED 632 Cultural, Social, and Philosophical Issues in Education
  • Choose one: (3 credits)
    • ED 633 Research and Writing
    • SPED 616 Evaluation Special Education Research
  • SPED 682 Contemporary Issues in Special Education (2 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: Professional Portfolio (1 credit)

Electives (33 credits)

Elective courses may be part of the special educator or early intervention/early childhood special education programs.



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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

"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