Master of Science in Education: Special Education


The Division of Teacher Education’s MSEd Special Education program offers two options for you to excel in this profession. Both options are hybrid, two year programs requiring a previous bachelor’s degree and you can enter in Fall term.  They require a minimum of 45 credits (see sample program plans below) and a professional portfolio to complete.  Once you have chosen the best option for you, please navigate with your advisor through the determination of what endorsements, authorizations, and/or licensing requirements you will obtain once you complete your program.

M.S.Ed. Special Education: K-12

Our Special Educator initial licensure, endorsement program is designed for individuals wanting to become Pre-K to 12th grade teachers who can work with students who have mild to severe disabilities. Candidates who successfully complete this program are eligible for an initial Oregon teacher license with a special education endorsement.

The Oregon TSPC (Teacher Standards and Practices Commission) requires teachers in this field to be authorized to teach at one of two age-level authorizations: (1) early childhood/elementary or (2) middle school/high school. All endorsement course work taken at the 500 level can be included in the M.S. in Education: Special Education degree.

  • The Special Educator I program is designed for teachers who hold or are eligible to hold a valid initial teaching license. Six terms of full-time training are required to complete the program.
  • The Special Educator II program is designed for students who do not hold a teaching license. Six terms of full-time training are required to complete this program.

Sample Degree Plans:


Find out more about Graduate Program entry by visiting the Graduate Office’s Special Educator Webpage.


If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, please contact our pre-entry advisor, Jennifer Keen / / 503-838-8471.