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At a Glance: Special Educator License

A licensure program for elementary and secondary special education educators

Are you compassionate and accepting of differences in individuals? Do you love working around children and young people? If you've ever worked with individuals with special needs, you know how rewarding it can be. There is currently a critical need for highly-skilled special education teachers in today's classrooms. The special education licensure program at PSU is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and skills to optimize outcomes for students with physical, education and emotional disibilities. Choose between either the elementary or secondary licensure program. Students need your compassion and and schools need your special expertise. Become a highly-sought teacher candidate and join PSU colleagues throughout the state of Oregon with this Special Educator License.

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:

  • Choose between elementary (age 3 to grade 8) and secondary (grade 5 through age 21)
  • Learn key strategies to assist children and young adults with different kinds of disabilities
  • Be a highly desirable teacher candidate

Upon completion, you will:

  • Be able to identify and adapt lessons for a variety of different special needs
  • Become an expert on the latest trends in working with special needs populations
  • Be prepared for licensure in one of the two levels authorized by TSPC

Who is this for?

This program is intended for:

  • Classroom teachers who want to move into the special education field
  • Individuals who want to be special educators in schools

Program format

This is a licensure program that will prepare you for TSPC and help you achieve your career goals.

  • Campus-based classes
  • 63 required credits (12 credits core classes)
  • Begins summer 2013

Get started

Getting started in the Special Education License takes a few simple steps. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 2.75. There are four prerequisites which must be completed within seven years of beginning the program:

  • PSY 311 Human Growth and Development (4 credits)
  • MTH 211, 212, 213 Foundations of Elementary Math I & II (8 credits) 
  • SPED 418/518 Survey of Exceptional Learners (3 credits)
If a Special Education License is for you, begin with the following:
  1. Attend an information session or make an appointment to meet with an adviser
  2. Enroll in the prerequisite course


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