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What will I pay for the MSEd: Special Education program?

The cost of your degree depends on many factors, including:

  • Where you live
  • Where you will take classes online or on campus
  • Scholarships or student employment you receive
  • Time to complete

In addition, WOU many change tuition and fees between today and when you finish your program, changing the overall cost estimate.

Try the net price calculator in the Financial Aid pages and use the information below to sketch out your Master of Science in Education: Special Education program budget.

Tuition:

The Master of Science in Education: Special Education program requires a minimum of 45 total credits. If you pursue a Master of Science in Education degree, you will take all of your courses on the WOU campus. For on-campus courses, tuition and fees are combined in a per-credit rate, $657 starting fall 2018. In addition to those fees, students taking 6 hours or more are assessed a $139.00 health service fee. Tuition and fee rates are determined by the Western Oregon University Administrative Rules for extended programs and are subject to change.

Find more information about costs on the Financial Aid Department’s pages.

Fees:

A $300 one-time matriculation fee is assessed on all new graduate students.

Financial Aid:

Please visit the Financial Aid pages to learn more about the programs available for graduate students. You can also check the Financial Aid Checklist for Graduate Students.

Graduate Student Assistantships:

Graduate Student Assistant Positions are a form of student employment, earning a compensation package including both salary and tuition remission for the performance of research or teaching services to the University as part of a student’s academic and professional training and development. More information is available on our Graduate Assistant page.

Apply for Fall 2019 positions (deadline April 1, 2019)

Graduate Student Merit Lottery Scholarship:

Apply today for an opportunity to receive a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $3,500 scholarship for your first term of enrollment. (Exception: Students whose first term of enrollment was summer 2018 are eligible to apply for the fall scholarship.) Recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled in at least 6 credits during their term of support and have a current GPA of 3.25. This scholarship can only be used by students taking graduate coursework toward a degree from Western Oregon University. Scholarships will be awarded by Graduate Programs in a competitive process. This scholarship is non-renewable.

Scholarships:

New scholarship: Hank Bersani Scholarship for Excellence in Special Education – Deadline September 10, 2018

 

CONTACT US:

If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Emily Pahlke at pahlkee@wou.edu or 503-838-8675

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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

"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

"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