Master of Education + Special Education Endorsement

Master of Education + Special Education Endorsement

(MEd + SPED degree)


Candidates for the Master of Education + Special Education Endorsement have multiple opportunities to demonstrate progress toward professional standards. Every course in the endorsement 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 the Special Education National Evaluation SeriesTM  (NES®) test and the Multiple Subjects Examination (MSE).

Note: Those students accepted into the Master of Education degree program with the Special Education endorsement will begin the MEd + SPED program in the summer sessions and move through the program in a cohort with a planned sequence of courses.

Program Objectives

Educational Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Hone the personal development and professional teaching skills in order to meet the needs of all students in today's world
Professional Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Fulfill their professional development needs as educators who specialize in different aspects of K-12 education
  • Earn the Special Education (SPED) Endorsement

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the MEd 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 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.)
  • Completed Teachers Standards and Practices Character Questionnaire

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit will be available for the MEd + SPED degree program.

Residence Requirements

Of the 40 hours required for the Master of Education + SPED program, all hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading to the Master of Education + SPED degree must be completed within seven years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate Teaching and Leading (GTL) Faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

The Master of Education + SPED program is generally 3 years in length with 40 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 8 are in core education foundations courses, 7 in prescribed research courses, and 25 hours in the Special Education courses.

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to the core requirements, students must complete the following requirements:

  • No later than completion of 10 semester hours, a degree-seeking student must complete the MEd degree application process.
  • Each degree-seeking student will be assigned a graduate faculty advisor who will assist the student in planning his or her proposed course of study.
  • The approved course of study must be completed to earn the Master of Education + SPED.
Licensure in Oregon and Other States

Upon completion of the MEd + SPED degree, students will be eligible for advanced teaching licenses in Oregon. (In some cases, additional professional tests may be required.) This MEd + SPED program may also allow students to meet the licensure or recertification requirements of other states as well. Non-Oregon students will need to check each particular state's licensing criteria before designing the MEd + SPED program.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the MEd + SPED degree students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 40 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 core 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 MEd core courses and the Special Education courses.

Foundations Core (8 hours)
MEDU 510 Foundations of Educational Practice 2
MEDU 520 Curriculum and Assessment 3
MEDU 543 Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership 3
Research Core (7 hours)
MEDU 530 Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodology 3
MEDU 540 Action Research I 2
MEDU 541 Action Research II 2
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 Assistive 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
MEDU Course Descriptions
SPED Course Descriptions