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Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

The mission of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior (IVBD) is to empower schools and social service agencies to address violence and destructive behavior at the point of school entry and beyond. The goal is to ensure safety and facilitate the academic achievement and healthy social development of children and youth. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education authorized IVBD as an Oregon University System Center of Excellence in 1995.

Educational and Community Supports

Research within Educational and Community Supports (ECS) focuses on the development and implementation of practices that result in positive, durable and empirically verified change in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Federal and state funded projects support research, teaching, dissemination and technical assistance activities. Research workgroups within ECS currently focus on positive behavior support, inclusive schools, and transition from school to adulthood.

Early Childhood CARES

Early Childhood CARES provides early intervention and early childhood special education services to infants, toddlers, and preschool children in Lane County, Oregon. Each year it serves over 1600 children who have developmental delays or disabilities. Established in 1992 as an outreach unit in the College of Education, Early Childhood CARES is funded by the Oregon Department of Education with state and federal dollars.

Center for Educational Policy Research

The Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) strives to increase the number of Oregon high school students that enter credit-bearing courses at postsecondary institutions with no need for remediation. CEPR works with Oregon's educators, school districts, higher education administrators, and policy makers to research current systems, to develop realistic programs, and to offer suggestions and training to achieve this goal.

Behavioral Research and Teaching

Behavioral Research and Teaching (BRT) conducts research and development in student academic assessment to support the development of effective educational programs for all students. BRT concentrates on access to learning so that appropriate and accurate information can be collected from all students to improve decision-making for their educational programs.

Special Education, Kindergarten - 12th Grade License

This two-year licensure and endorsement program prepares pre-service or in-service teachers to work with students with disabilities ages 3-21 in a variety of settings including early childhood/elementary and middle/high school. Graduates of the program are prepared to apply for an initial special education teaching license and endorsement across these multiple levels making this a highly flexible option.

Special Education: Early Intervention Licensure and Endorsement

Students enrolled in the Early Intervention Program may elect to pursue a Preliminary Teaching License with an endorsement in ‘Special Education: Early Intervention.’ The program integrates didactic course work with practical experience. This preliminary license and endorsement qualifies successful candidates to work as Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Specialists for young children with special needs from birth to grade four. Full-time students complete the program in four to five terms.

PhD: Doctorate in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education

The PhD in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education (CSSE) at the University of Oregon emphasizes the development of expertise in research on curriculum, instruction, and teacher education. The program promotes a broad conception of the objects of inquiry in scholarship on education. Students in this program are expected not just to ask how we can teach more effectively and efficiently, but also to ask what is worth teaching and to examine the assumptions underlying answers to both of those questions.

Music Education

The University of Oregon offers a five-year program composed of a four-year bachelor of music degree in music education and a one-year certification program culminating in an Oregon Initial Music Teaching license. The Fifth-Year Certification program also includes a substantial portion of the coursework required for the master of music degree.

Preliminary Administrator License

Oregon requires administrators in public schools (vice principals, principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents, and other designated personnel) to hold administrative licenses. The Initial Administrator Licensure program is dedicated to preparing school administrators to lead and manage schools that maximize learning for all students. The twelve month cohort licensure program and the two-year MEd/IAL program both prepare students for the Oregon initial administrator license, issued by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. The standards-driven program features collaborative teaching between university faculty and practitioners which fosters mentor-relationships with practitioners.


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