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At a Glance: Inclusive Elementary Educator Program (IEEP)

A graduate teacher licensure program for elementary special educators

Are you compassionate and accepting of differences in individuals? Do you believe that all children learn best in inclusive classrooms? If so, the Inclusive Elementary Educator Program is designed especially for you. There is a critical need for highly-skilled educators in today's inclusive elementary classrooms. The IEEP program at PSU is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and skills aimed at optimizing outcomes for all students, with and without disabilities. This program, unique to PSU, leads to an initial teaching license with endorsements in both general and special education (age 3 through eighth grade), and a master's degree. You will become a highly sought-after teacher candidate and join PSU colleagues throughout the state of Oregon who are committed to inclusive education.

According to US News and World Report, special education is one of the 50 best careers of 2010. Job growth is expected to be in double digits for many years to come.

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Program benefits

As a member of this program, you will:

  • Learn key strategies to assist children with or without disabilities in an inclusive classroom
  • Be part of a cohort group who will become your valued colleagues throughout your career
  • Be a highly desirable teacher candidate

Upon completion, you will:

  • Be able to individualize instruction for each of your students
  • Earn a teaching certificate with an endorsement in both general and special education and a master's degree

Who is this for?

This program is intended for:

  • Individuals with bachelor's degrees who want a program that offers both licensing and a master's degree
  • Individuals who are committed to an inclusive model of education

Program format

This is a program that will prepare you for TSPC licensure.

  • Two-year, full-time program
  • Starts every other year in odd-numbered years
  • Campus-based classes during the day with some evenings
  • 94 required credits

Get started

Getting started in the Inclusive Elementary Educators Program takes a few simple steps. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0. You must have volunteer or paid experience working with children in schools or other settings.

There are eight prerequisites that can be taken at the undergraduate level:

  1. SPED 418/518 Survey of Exceptional Learners (3 credits)
  2. PSY 311 Human Growth and Development (4 credits)
  3. LIB 428/528 Children's Literature, K-5 (3 credits)
  4. MTH 211 Foundations of Elementary Math I (4 credits)
  5. MTH 212 Foundations of Elementary Math II (4 credits)
  6. MTH 213 Foundations of Elementary Math III (4 credits)
  7. ART 312 Art in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  8. MUS 381 Music Fundamentals (4 credits)

If the IEEP is for you, make an appointment to meet with an adviser.


Tiffany Jones
Program Adviser
1-800-547-8887 ext 54637

Special Education Department
1-800-547-8887 ext 54619
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