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Added Special Educator Endorsement

Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education is responding to the need for more licensed special education teachers by offering a 35-credit special education endorsement program that is designed especially for Oregon teachers with general education licenses. With AddSPED, elementary and secondary school teachers can add this endorsement to their current license. We offer full and part time program options. Students admitted to the full-time program will attend classes during the day and will complete the program in 3 consecutive terms. Students who elect the part time option will attend two classes each term (except in the summer) and will complete the program in 6 non-consecutive terms. Summer term courses for both program options are offered during the day only. In addition, credits earned in the AddSPED program can be applied toward a master’s degree in special education.

See what it means to be a special education teacher:

General Information

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 
Supervised field experiences are completed within the age and grade ranges specified in the desired endorsement 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.


Tracy Williams-Murphy
Program Manager
1-800-547-8887 ext 58102