Minor in Special Education

Minor Requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of required courses and approved electives.
  • 18 credits must be completed in residence at the University of Oregon.
  • 13 credits must be SPED prefix courses, including:
  • At least 12 credits must be taken on a graded basis. 
  • A minimum grade of B- or P must be earned in each required course; C or P must be earned in each elective course.
  • No more than 6 field studies credits can be counted toward the minor requirements.
  • No more than 2 courses from the student’s major prefix can be counted toward the minor.
  • Students wishing to waive required course work, use transfer credits (up to 6) as part of the minor requirements, or take an elective not specified on the elective list, need to obtain coordinator approval.

SPED Minor Program Plan

Minor Program Plan

To apply for the minor, students need to complete SPED 411 with a minimum grade of B- or P.

Prerequisite Courses

course and TitleCREDITS
SPED 411 Foundations of Disability I [online] (Prerequisite to SPED 406 SPED Field Studies)3
SPED 406 SPED Field Studies*3
SPED 407 SPED Minor Seminar1

*All students enrolling in SPED 406 Field Studies will need to obtain a COE ID badge PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THEIR FIELD STUDY by completing a character questionnaire and submitting to an FBI background check. See the handout available in the SPED office (3rd Floor HEDCO) for more information.

Note: Students may waive the field study requirements if a field study with a special education focus was part of another academic program. If waived, additional elective credits need to be taken to complete the 24-credit requirement. This may also apply to students with extensive experience (paid or unpaid) in special education.

Elective Courses

  • Complete 17 course credits from the table below, with a minimum grade of C or P, to complete the SPED minor requirements
  • This is not an exhaustive list. Any course with the SPED prefix can qualify as an elective.
  • Selected courses from FHS, CDS, PSY, and EDST that count as electives are listed below.
  • Selected course work in research, child development, or courses with significant disability content in other majors may be considered for the minor; please contact the SPED minor coordinator if you have questions.
  • No more than 2 courses from the student’s major prefix can be counted toward the minor.
course and TitleCREDITS
SPED 407 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities3
SPED 410 Overview Autism3
SPED 410 Diversity in Special Education3

Child Development Courses*:

SPED 410 Child/Adolescent Development or
CDS 455 Child and Adolescent Development or
PSY 376 Child Development or
FHS 328 Human Development in the Family Context or
EDST 411 Childhood Studies

3 or 4
SPED 422 Special Education Mathematics Instruction***4
SPED 426 Behavior and Classroom Management [online]4
SPED 431 Introduction to Learning Disabilities3
SPED 432 Introduction to Behavior Disorders3
SPED 440 Early Literacy for Diverse Learners***4
SPED 441 Intermediate Literacy for Diverse Learners***4
SPED 442 Adolescent Literacy Diverse Learners***4
ASL 101 First-Year American Sign Language (or any other ASL course)5
ASL 301 Deaf Culture4
CDS 201 Communication Disorders in Society and Media4
CDS 446 Services for Deaf Students3
CDS 450 Introduction to Language Development4
CDS 451 Later Language Development4
CDS 460 Developmental Disorders in Communication4
EDST 411 Childhood Studies3
EDST 440 Physical Education for Diverse Learners3
FHS 213 Issues for Children and Families4
FHS 328 Human Development in the Family Context*4
FHS 329 Youth Psychopathology in Context4

Research Courses**:

FHS 420 Research in Human Services or
PSY 303 Research Methods in Psychology or
SOC 311 Research Methods or
EDLD 450 Data and Information Retrieval

PSY 308 Developmental Psychology*4
PSY 475 Cognitive Development4
PSY 476 Language Acquisition4
PSY 478/578 Social Development4
ARCH 440 Human Context of Design4
ENG 313 Teen and Children’s Literature4
HC 424 Disability Studies Identity Colloquium4
HPHY 434 Movement Disorders4
IARC 204 Understanding Contemporary Interiors4

*One course in child development can be counted toward the minor

**One research course can be counted toward the minor

*** Instructor approval required. It is highly recommended that students take SPED 407, SPED 426, and SPED 410 (or other approved child development course) prior to enrolling in SPED 422, SPED 440, SPED 441, or SPED 442.