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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.


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, $639 starting fall 2017. 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.


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.

Graduate Student Assistantships:

If you pursue a Master of Science in Education: Special Education program, full-time you may apply for an assistantship, a form of student employment that includes both salary and tuition remission for research or teaching services as part of your academic and professional training and development. If you want to learn more:

Read the official description of a graduate student assistantship

Examine the PDF job description for an assistantship


New scholarship: Tamara Condit-Whitehouse Scholarship for Excellence in Special Education – $1,000 award each fall term

New scholarship: Hank Bersani Scholarship for Excellence in Special Education – tbd, award each fall term


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If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Jennifer Keen, Program Assistant: keenj@wou.edu or 503-838-8471

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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 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