Special Education Endorsement

At A Glance

25 Credit hours
10-16 months Program length
Hybrid Online and face-to-face program format (Portland, Newberg, or Redmond, OR)



Cost per credit hour


Tuition cost for entire program


* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available for degree-seekers.

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

Special education teachers are in demand more than ever. Schools and the kids who attend them need well-trained instructors. You could be the person to make a difference in a student's life.

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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, and 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.

Special Education Endorsement Requirements

The endorsement can be obtained in any of these ways:

You fulfill these requirements by:

  • Taking 21 core credit hours in the following perspectives:
    • Theory and foundations
    • Developmental psychology
    • Assessments
    • Academic and functional instruction
    • Case management
    • Behavior supports
    • Community support
  • Taking 4 credit hours of practicum in a setting with mild to moderate needs and a setting with moderate to severe needs
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Other Endorsement Options

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Kipp Wilfong

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Education Programs