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Special Education
Welcome to the Department of Special Education at Portland State University. Thank you for your interest. Please explore the many programs and specializations offered through Portland State University's Department of Special Education.

IMPORTANT: As of June 19, 2015 the GSE will be located at its new interim home at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, on the corner of SW Harrison and Fourth Avenue in the Fourth Avenue Building (FAB).

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Programs – Choose from our 12 certificate, licensure, degree, and professional development programs. We offer general special education licensure programs, as well as specialty topics like training in autism and asperger's and the visually impaired learner endorsement


Prospective Students – We have the most comprehensive list of education offerings in Oregon that will enable you to find the best option for your career goals. We offer both campus-based and online courses, specifically designed for working adults.


Current Students – Already a PSU Special Education student? Need some support? Use this page to help guide your journey through applications, forms, licensure, and scholarships.


Research – Find out what new kinds of research are being conducted by special educators. Review programs in place that may help meet your educational or career goals.


About SPED –  Learn more about our history, mission, and values, which are at the core of everything we do. Our programs are accredited by NCATE.


Graduate School of Education – The Department of Special Education is part of the Graduate School of Education. Together we provide quality education to support the professional growth of educators, counselors, and human services professionals.


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