Special Education Endorsement


The Special Education Endorsement is a stand alone program designed for those candidates who desire to add the Special Education Endorsement to an existing teaching license.

Endorsement Description

Special Education Endorsement [P21}: Early Childhood/Elementary, Elementary/Middle School or Middle School/High School

The Special Education Endorsement for candidates holding a preliminary license is a 25-semester hour program. This standards-based program will provide in-service educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to increase the academic progress of students identified with special learning needs. Professors in the program are either current practitioners or higher education personnel who hold appropriate credentials and degrees to teach and mentor accepted candidates. The program requires clinical experiences under the guidance of experienced special education teachers. Courses are either taught face-to-face, online or in a hybrid format.

The Special Education Endorsement will serve these types of educators:

  • In-service educators who hold a Preliminary License (formerly Oregon Initial I license) and want to add the Special Education Endorsement in the move toward Professional License or other advanced credentials.
  • Teachers who already have an Oregon Professional License (formerly Initial II License), but want to work with students in Special Education.
  • Teachers from other states with current teaching credentials who wish to add the Special Education Endorsement to that license.

Candidates for the Special Education Endorsement will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate progress toward professional standards during the program. Every course in the endorsement program has a common assessment tied directly to course goals, which in turn align with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. George Fox University is committed to multiple measures of candidates/abilities to provide meaningful learning experiences for students in P-12 settings who have specialized learning needs. Candidates for the Special Education Endorsement must also pass all appropriate state testing in order to add the endorsement to an existing license.

Students accepted into the Special Education Endorsement will begin coursework in the fall session of each year and move through the program in a cohort with a planned sequence of courses.

Program Objectives

Educational Objectives

Candidates who complete this Special Education Endorsement will be able to:

  • Write Standard-based compliant IEP's including SMART goals
  • Monitor student progress for annual goal reporting
  • Implement procedural requirements
  • Develop and implement appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessments across grade levels
  • Instruct large and small groups using effective teaching methods
  • Problem solve with staff and parents around student needs and services
  • Lead IEP meetings efficiently
  • Effectively organize case load activities; paperwork, notice, meetings, eligibility forms, IEPs, etc.
  • Use time wisely to complete all procedural requirements,
Professional Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Fulfill their professional development needs as educators who specialize in different aspects of Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Severe P-12 education
  • Earn the Special Education (SPED) Endorsement.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Special Education endorsement program must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in most recent 60 semester or 90 quarter hours (and an explanation if the grade point is below 3.0). In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Master of Education application form and application fee
  • One- to two-page essay as described in the application
  • One official transcript from all colleges or universities attended
  • Three references (forms provided in the application materials).

Applicants seeking to meet TSPC licensure or endorsement requirements upon completion of the program must also complete the following:

  • Verification of valid Oregon teaching license or the equivalent, such as an expired or out-of-state license, education degree, or documented and appropriate teacher experience (applicants to the program that do not have a teaching license should submit a letter of explanation as to how the program would meet their professional goals.)
  • Complete Teachers Standards and Practices Character Questionnaire

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit will be considered on a case to case basis by the Department Chair. Transfer credits will only be considered upon review of Official Transcripts and Course Descriptions of the transfer courses.

Residence Requirements

Of the 25 hours required for the Special Education Endorsement program, all hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University, except pre-approved transfer credit courses. Courses are offered face to face, online, and in a hybrid format.

Course Requirements

The Special Education Endorsement (SPED) program is generally 18 months in length with 25 semester hours of SPED course work required for completion.

Licensure in Oregon and Other States

Upon completion of the SPED program, students will need to take the appropriate SPED tests before applying for their Special Education Endorsement through Oregon's Teachers Standards and Practice Commission (TSPC). Non-Oregon students will need to check each particular state's licensing criteria before entering the SPED program.

Graduation Requirements

In order to earn the Special Education Endorsement students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 25 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all core courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a designated course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).

Curriculum Plan

Note: The curriculum plan is prescribed and candidates will be advised as to the proper sequencing for the Special Education Endorsement courses.

Special Education Courses
SPED 501 Theory, Foundations and Ethics for Special Educators 1
SPED 511 Developmental Psychology and Learning Theory 1
SPED 512 Structures for Teaching and Learning: Academic 3
SPED 513 Structures for Teaching and Learning: Functional 3
SPED 521 Assessment and Evaluation 4
SPED 524 Assisi Technology & Specialized Support 1
SPED 531 Case Management 2
SPED 550 Behavior Support and Classroom Management 3
SPED 552 Community Supports and Transitional Programs 2
SPED 576 Practicum (Mild to Moderate) 2
SPED 577 Practicum (Moderate to Severe) 2
SPED 595 Special Study 1
SPED Course Descriptions