MA, MS, MEd with Endorsement in Special Education: K-12 Licensure

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Generalist (K–12) Master’s Degree and Licensure Program

Our special education generalist (K–12) licensure program is designed to provide pre-service training and support the development of special education professionals who are prepared to design, deliver, and continuously improve effective educational, employment, and community experiences for persons with disabilities. It’s comprehensive nature it is completed in two years.

This program responds to the many changes in education for students with and without disabilities. It affords the opportunity to align efforts with general education and its curriculum, licensure structure, reform efforts, and goals for students in the 21st century.

  • Our program ensures that future special education teachers are prepared to work collaboratively with general educators to assist students in making progress toward meeting state benchmark standards.
  • Our program also addresses how to meet the needs of students with more severe disabilities both developmentally and in terms of community-referenced functional skills.
  • Our faculty and curriculum provide the foundation for K–12 special education teacher preparation that is anchored to nationally recognized empirical and best practices research.

Students in our licensure programs typically simultaneously complete the requirements for the MS degree, with a specialization embedded in their program as their ‘terminal activity’.

Graduate students typically earn a master’s degree upon program completion and enjoy almost 100% rate of employment.

American Indian/Alaska Native applicants interested in fostering Indigenous methodologies in teaching and learning may apply to the Sapsik'ʷałá Indigenous Education Program. Federal Department of Education grant funding is available to applicants pursuing high need areas such as special education. Sapsik'ʷałá grant scholars complete service payback by teaching in a K-12 school or district that serves a high proportion of Native students for 2 years. Applicants must complete their applications for Special Education and for the Sapsik’ʷałá Program by January 15th to be considered for the Sapsik'ʷałá program.

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Program Requirements

All of our master’s degree programs conform to the established University of Oregon and College of Education requirements and procedures.

Students must complete the following:

  • Minimum of 45 credits in courses approved for graduate credit taken as an admitted master’s degree student (51 credits minimum if doing a specialization area)
  • Up to 15 credits may be officially transferred in through a petition process
  • 24 credits must be in UO graded courses passed with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least 9 credits in 600 level courses must be taken in residence
  • Minimum 30 credits in SPED courses

All credits for the degree (including transfer credits) must be completed within seven years.

Generalist (K–12) Master’s and Licensure Degree Plan


Applicants need to have taken and passed a child/human development course as a prerequisite to the K–12 licensure program. Students who don’t meet this requirement, will have a child development course added to their program.

First Year

Fall Term - 17 Credits

course and Title CREDITS
SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I [online] 3
SPED 526 Behavior and Classroom Management [online] 4
SPED 540 Early Literacy for Diverse Learner 4
SPED 610 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 510 Child/Adolescent Development* 3

Winter Term - 14 Credits

course and Title CREDITS
SPED 510 Diversity 3
SPED 541 Intermediate Literacy for Diverse Learners 4
SPED 543 Supporting Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (Hybrid*) 4
SPED 4/510 Special Education Law [online] 3

Spring Term - 14 Credits

course and Title CREDITS
SPED 542 Adolescent Literacy for Diverse Learners 4
SPED 522 Special Education Math (Hybrid) 4
SPED 588 Professional Practices 3
SPED 609 Practicum 1 3

* Waived if students have taken equivalent course. Prerequisite beginning with the 2019–21 cohort. If prerequisite is not met, students can take CSPY 621 (Fall); CDS 455 (Winter); EDST 411 (FWS). 

Second Year

Fall Term - 14 Credits

course and Title CREDITS
SPED 536 Advanced Behavior Management 3
SPED 588 Professional Practices 3
SPED 660 Design of Instruction 4
SPED 609 Practicum 2 4

Winter Term - 15 Credits

course and Title CREDITS
SPED 588 Professional Practices 3
SPED 633 Transition Planning and Instruction I 3
SPED 655 Final Supervised Field Experience 9

Spring Term - 6 Credits

course and Title CREDITS
EDUC 611 Survey Education Research Methods 3
SPED 634 Transition Planning & Instruction II 6