Special Education Endorsement

Special Education Endorsement

The Special Education (SPED) 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. The majority of SPED courses are hybrid (face-to-face/online) with a few offered completely online. Face-to-face sessions are held in Portland, Newberg and Redmond, Oregon.

The SPED program provides authorizations in special education to teach preschool, school age (K-12) and transition students (through 21 years of age).  Each candidate receives a generalist's endorsement in 'mild to moderate' and 'moderate to severe' placements in preschool through transition programs.

The endorsement can be obtained in these ways:

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Special Education Teachers Are in Demand

"The number of special education teachers nationally has dropped by more than 17 percent over the past decade, a worrisome trend in a career path that has seen chronic shortages for years." (Education Week, 2018)

More than ever, schools and the kids who attend them need well-trained special education teachers. You could be the person to make a difference in a student's life.

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 experience, administrative experience, and commitment to students have earned our SPED program a reputation for excellence.

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 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT Plus).

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

21 semester credits of coursework and 4 semester units of practicum experiences in “Mild to Moderate” settings and “Moderate to Severe” settings.

Students fulfill these requirements by:

  • Taking 21 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 4 hours of practicum in a mild to moderate classroom setting and a moderate to severe setting

Course descriptions

Admission Information

Kipp Wilfong

Kipp Wilfong

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Education Programs



Special Education Endorsement

Program length 10-16 months (depends on student pacing preferences)
Credit hours 25
Cost per credit hour $700*
Tuition cost for entire program $17,500* (financial aid available for degree seekers)
Accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Format Hybrid (online and face-to-face) in Portland, Newberg, and Redmond, Oregon

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited