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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Communication Disorders and Sciences (BA/BS)

Pre-professional degree in preparation for graduate level work in speech-language pathology or audiology.

  • Program duration: 4 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

Educational Foundations (BA/BS)

Preparation of future elementary educational professionals to be change agents in economically, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities. Teacher licensure is through the UOTeach program.

  • Program duration: 2 years* (junior and senior year)
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

* Students planning to major in Educational Foundations enter the university as Pre-Education (PED) majors.

Family and Human Services (BA/BS/BEd) and FHS-Early Childhood Education emphasis

Preparation of future human services professionals in areas such as juvenile justice, child development, or community service.

The Early Childhood Emphasis satisfies the federal requirements for teaching in a Head Start program, with a mix of human services and early childhood classes, it qualifies you to pursue a wide variety of related career paths such as early childhood teacher, family advocate, case worker, or other human-service careers. It also prepares you to pursue an advanced degree, such as a master’s in social work or early intervention/special education.

  • Program duration: 2 years* (junior and senior year)
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

* Freshmen and sophomores may declare a Pre-FHS major

Special Education (minor)

The minor in special education is for students who plan to pursue a career teaching in general or special education, want to work in non-school settings with individuals who have disabilities, or investigate issues concerning disability. The minor offers three options: educational services, disability studies, and pre-licensure SPED teaching.

  • Program duration: varies (24 credits)
  • Applications accepted: Annually


Master's Degree Programs

Communication Disorders and Sciences (MA/MS/post-baccalaureate*)

Preparation of speech-language pathologists to work with communication challenged individuals of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.

  • Program duration: 2 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

* Preparation for a speech pathology master's program, regardless of prior undergraduate degree, without the extensive admissions procedure required for grad school.

Couples and Family Therapy (MS)

Trains students to become effective clinicians with expertise as systemic family therapists in preparation for state licensure as a LMFT.

  • Program duration: 2 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—Fall

Curriculum and Teacher Education (MA/MS)

Professional development choices for current licensed K-12 teachers with an emphasis on cultural awareness and social justice.

  • Program duration: varies
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

Educational Leadership (MS)

Focused on the development, implementation and generation of improved outcomes in the organization and management of K-12 education with choice of 5 areas of emphasis.

  • Program duration: 2 years
  • Applications accepted: Each term

Prevention Science (MEd)

This non-clinical program provides training in psychological foundations, research competencies, and components of evidence-based prevention and interventions to reduce malleable risk factors and enhance protective factors in children, youth, and families.

  • Program duration: 1 year
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

Prevention Science (MS)

This program prepares students for careers in research-based social service agencies by providing training in psychological foundations, research methods, and the design, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention and interventions to reduce malleable risk factors and enhance protective factors in children, youth, and families.

  • Program duration: 2 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually – January

Sapsik‘ʷałá Project (MEd)

Preparation through the UOTeach program of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) as teachers who can bring about improvements in the K-12 educational experiences of AI/AN youth.

  • Program duration: 14 months
  • Applications accepted: Annually

School Psychology (MS)

Designed as a specialist-level program of study to be a behaviorally oriented school psychologist with emphasis on data-oriented problem-solving, primary prevention, and early intervention.

  • Program duration: 3 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

Special Education (MA/MS/MEd)

For current teachers interested in advanced graduate training or those interested in expanding their knowledge-base of special education for a career in the private sector that does not require a teaching license.

  • Program duration: 1.5-2 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—February

Curriculum and Teaching: UOTeach

K-12 Oregon teacher licensure preparation and Master’s of Education with emphasis on cultural awareness and social justice.

  • Program duration: 5 terms, beginning summer term
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January
  • 34 weeks of progressive field based practicum in area public schools
  • ESOL course work embedded in the curriculum


Doctoral Programs

Communication Disorders and Sciences (PhD)

Provides clinical competence in speech-language pathology and cognitive communication science with emphasis on advanced knowledge, scholarship, and leadership.

  • Program duration: 5-7 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—Fall

Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Provides training to be a licensed psychologist, skilled in both adult and child/family interventions, research with an emphasis on multicultural issues, and a broad commitment to social justice. An approach to practice.

  • Program duration: 5-7 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—December

Critical & Sociocultural Studies in Education (PhD)

A comprehensive approach to educational research with emphasis on promotion of equality and access of opportunity through educational scholarship.

  • Program duration: 5-7 years
  • Applications accepted: Biannually (odd-numbered years)—January

Educational Leadership (PhD, DEd)

PhD: Development of expertise in K-12 educational research using a cognitive apprenticeship model.

DEd: Virtual delivery of content accessible from anywhere in Oregon for practicing educational professionals with a choice of concentrations: equity, literacy, or policy.

  • Program duration: 5-7 years (PhD)/3-5 years (DEd)
  • Applications accepted: Annually—Feb/March

Prevention Science (PhD)

This research-intensive program provides training in the design, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention and interventions to reduce malleable risk factors and enhance protective factors in children, youth, and families. Students focus on a specialization area of their choosing.

  • Program duration: 4 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

School Psychology (PhD)

Preparation to be a behaviorally-oriented school psychologist with emphases on data-oriented problem-solving, primary prevention, and early intervention.

  • Program duration: 5-7 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January

Special Education (PhD)

Provides advanced training in preparation for leadership positions in special education, with five focus choices: Positive behavior support, Low-incidence disabilities, Early intervention, Prevention & academic interventions, Secondary/Transition services.

  • Program duration: 3-4 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January


Licensures and Endorsements

Curriculum and Teaching: UOTeach

K-12 Oregon teacher licensure preparation and Master’s of Education with emphasis on cultural awareness and social justice.

  • Program duration: 5 terms, beginning summer term
  • Applications accepted: Annually—January
  • 34 weeks of progressive field based practicum in area public schools
  • ESOL course work embedded in the curriculum

Special Education Endorsement (K-12, early intervention, or endorsement only for current teachers)

Courses leading to the Oregon Special Educator initial teaching license or add-on endorsement for two levels of authorization: Birth-K, K-12

  • Program duration: varies
  • Applications accepted: Annually—February

Administrator Licensure (initial/continuing)

Initial (IAL)—Preparation of school administrators to lead and manage schools that maximize learning for all students. May be combined with master's program. Continuing (CAL)—Integrates the knowledge base of academic study with professional self-reflection and career-long learning. May be combined with doctoral program.

  • Program duration: 1 year (licensure only)
  • Applications accepted: Annually—February/March

Reading Endorsement (literacy leadership and multicultural/multilingual)

Literacy Leadership: focused on systems-level reading/literacy planning and implementation, data management, and organization. Offered through hybrid, online learning. Multilingual/Multicultural: offers a linguistically and culturally inclusive approach to literacy education.

  • Program duration: 3 terms
  • Applications accepted: Annually—April and August

Curriculum and Teacher Education Endorsements

Professional development choices for current K-12 teachers emphasizing cultural awareness and social justice.

  • ESOL
  • New subject
  • New age group (K-5, 6-12)