At a Glance:

Special Education Endorsement

Semester hours 25
Average Completion Time 10-16 months, depending on student pacing preferences
Cost per credit $591* (financial aid available for degree seekers)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), Newberg
Priority Application Deadlines Rolling

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited

Special Education Endorsement

Special Education EndorsementThe Special Education Endorsement is a practitioner’s program. Each course is organized to provide the pre-service and in-service candidate with hands-on training and quality classroom learning experiences. Each cohort begins in the fall semester. Courses are tailored to the location and needs of the students. Face-to-face and online classes can be arranged to provide a flexible format for either the pre-service teacher candidates through initial license programs with a SPED endorsement and/or in-service teachers, who wish to add a SPED endorsements to their existing license.

Exceptional Faculty

Throughout your coursework, you will receive training and instruction from doctoral and master-level instructors who are currently practicing teachers and directors in the field of K-12 Special Education programs. Their academic credentials, decades of collective teaching, administrative experience, and commitment to students have earned teaching excellence as honored practitioners.

Licensure in Oregon

Special Education candidates are able to complete the endorsement as a vehicle for increasing leadership opportunities within their educational field.

Special Education Endorsement Requirements

Students may complete the courses as an endorsement-only candidate to be recommended for a Special Education endorsement on their teaching license. They also can add a Special Education specialization within their Master of Education or Educational Specialist program.

The Special Education Endorsement program is comprised of 25 total semester units:

20 semester credits of coursework and five semester units of practicum experiences in “Mild to Moderate” settings and “Moderate to Severe” settings.

Students fulfill these requirements by:

  • Taking 20 core semester hours in the following perspectives: theory and foundations, developmental psychology, assessments, academic and functional instruction, case management, behavior supports and community support
  • Taking five hours of practicum in a mild to moderate classroom setting and a moderate to severe setting

Special Education Endorsement (25 hours)

Core Requirements (20 hours)

SPED 501 Theory, Foundations and Ethics for Special Educators (2 hrs)
SPED 511 Developmental Psychology and Learning Theory (2 hrs)
SPED 512 Structures for Teaching and Learning: Academic (3 hrs)
SPED 513 Structures for Teaching and Learning: Functional (3 hrs)
SPED 521 Assessment and Evaluation (3 hrs)
SPED 524 Assistive Technology & Specialized Support (1 hr)
SPED 531 Case Management (2 hrs)
SPED 550 Behavior Support and Classroom Management (2 hrs)
SPED 552 Community Supports and Transitional Programs (2 hrs)

Practicum Requirements (5 hours)

SPED 576 Practicum (Mild to Moderate) (3 hrs)
SPED 577 Practicum (Moderate to Severe) (2 hrs)

Admission Information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027
E-mail: kwilfong@georgefox.edu

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