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Added Special Educator Endorsement

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Deadline to apply is November 1, 2014. New cohort begins January 2015. 

New! Beginning winter 2015 AddSped courses will be delivered in a hybrid format. This new format will make the program more accessible for working educators.

Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education is responding to the need for more licensed special education teachers by offering a special education endorsement program that is designed especially for Oregon teachers with general education licenses at the elementary and/or middle/secondary grade levels.

With AddSped, elementary and secondary school teachers who are interested in filling multiple roles or changing their current teaching positions can add this endorsement to their current license. In addition, the credits earned can be applied toward a master’s degree in special education.

The Add Endorsement in Special Education Program (AddSped) is a six-term program that begins each winter term and ends the following spring term. Students enroll in two classes each term and four courses in summer. Designed with the working teacher in mind, classes are scheduled after 4pm one evening each week during the school year whenever possible. 

If you want to add an endorsement in special education to your current Oregon teaching license, this program is for you!

See what it means to be a special education teacher:

General Information

Six-term format 
This program is designed for working teachers; courses are scheduled after 4pm. The licensure course work (43 credit hours) is completed in six consecutive terms. Beginning in winter term, students take two courses a term. Four courses are scheduled during the summer. Students who want to complete a master’s degree may do so part-time by completing 9 additional credits in the master’s coursework in special education.

Experienced faculty
Supervision, instruction, and program mentoring are offered by experienced Portland State University faculty and seasoned professionals from the community who have demonstrated expertise in the field of special education.

Cohort program
Increase your professional network and learn in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere by participating with colleagues in an educational community throughout the entire curriculum.

Practical, mentored experience
Two supervised field experiences are completed within the age and grade ranges specified in the desired authorization level. Depending on the type of licensure held, some students may need to complete student teaching in special education.

Expanded skills
At the end of the AddSped program, students will have earned an endorsement in special education at the early childhood/elementary (age 3 – grade 8) or middle/secondary (grade 5 – age 21) level.


Instructions for adding an endorsement to an existing Oregon licensepdf


Click here for information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs.