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 campus based, two year programs requiring a previous bachelor’s degree and you can enter in Fall term.  They require a minimum of 45 credits 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: Early Intervention

our program is designed to train and prepare teachers to recognize, and appropriate teaching strategies to respond to, the special education needs of children from birth to age 8.

The EI/SE (Early Intervention/Special Education) tracks incorporate standards based on developmentally appropriate practices (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and recommended practices (Council for Exceptional Children – Division 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/ECSE track are prepared to serve as specialists and leaders in the field of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.


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.


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.