The Early Intervention program is guided by a transactional philosophy that emphasizes the interactive nature of child-environment exchanges and the importance of these exchanges to a child's developmental progress. This philosophy permeates the early intervention personnel preparation programs that include master's and doctoral degrees as well as state-approved teaching licensure in Oregon.
The Early Intervention (SPED) major leads to a master's degree—M.A., M.S., or M.Ed.— with an emphasis in Early Intervention. Activity-based intervention and a family-guided approach to serving young children with special needs are emphasized. Full-time students can complete the program in four to six consecutive terms.
The Early Intervention Program offers basic and standard endorsements with options for an Early Intervention /Early Childhood Special Education Add-On (Level I) endorsement program for individuals who hold a valid Oregon Special Education or Early Childhood Teaching License, or a Stand-Alone (Level II) endorsement program for individuals who do not. The endorsement programs prepare professionals to work with children who have disabilities ranging from mild to severe. The program integrates didactic course work with practical experience. Full-time students can complete the program in 4-6 terms.
Applicants must complete the application on the Graduate School website. This process includes a statement of professional goals and experience, a statement articulating experience working with individuals with disabilities, resume, letters of recommendation, and transcripts.