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Program of Study (IEEP)

FALL Y1

DEPT NO COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ED 530 Introduction to Inclusion and Special Education 2
SPED 521 Behavior Management in the Classroom 3
ED 533 Literacy Methods for the Inclusive Classroom: I 3
CI 518 Integrated Methods III: Math 3
ED 532 Human Development and Learning 3
ED 509 Practicum: Special Education 2
    Total credits 16
WINTER Y1
DEPT NO COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ED 535 Classroom Based Assessment for the Inclusive Educator 2
CI 513 Classroom Instruction and Technology 3
ED 531 Planning and Instruction for Students with Special Needs 3
CI 517 Integrated Methods II: Health, Science, Social Science 3
ED 534 Literacy Methods for the Inclusive Classroom: II 3
ED 509 Practicum: Elementary or Early Childhood   2
    Total credits 16
SPRING Y1
DEPT NO COURSE TITLE CREDITS
CI 514 Multicultural and Urban Education 3
CI 518 Integrated Methods III: Art, Music,  and Physical Education 3
ED 537 Professional Seminar I: Law and Ethics 1
ED 525 Student Teaching I: Elementary or Early Childhood (Part-time) 6
    Total credits 13
FALL Y2
DEPT NO COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ED 540 Functional Assessment for the Inclusive Elementary Educator 3
ED 541 Functional Curriculum for the Inclusive Elementary Educator 3
ED 543 Specialized Techniques for the Inclusive Elementary Educator 1
CI 511 Classroom Management 3
SPED 512 Diagnostic Assessment 3
ED 542 Collaboration for the Inclusive Elementary Educator 2
    Total credits 15
WINTER Y2
DEPT NO COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ED 538 Professional Seminar II: Philosophy 1
ED 525 Student Teaching III: Special Education 12
    Total credits 13
SPRING Y2
DEPT NO COURSE TITLE CREDITS
ED 539 Professional Seminar III: Issues and Reflection 1
ED 525 Student Teaching II: Elementary or Early Childhood 12
    Total credits 13

 

MASTER'S DEGREE

A Master of Science of Master of Arts in Special Education degree is completed in conjunction with the initial licensure program (an MA requires proficiency in a second language). The master's core coursework includes the following courses:

DEPT NO COURSE TITLE CREDITS TERM OFFERED
SPED 536 Educational Research 3 Spring Y1
ED 537, 538, 539 Professional Seminars (3 1-credit courses) 3 Fall, Winter, Spring Y2
SPED 506 Master's Project 6 Fall, Winter, Spring Y2
         

Program Features

The Portland State University Inclusive Elementary Educators Program is a fulltime two-year (six terms) graduate program that prepares candidates for teaching in elementary schools (grades K-8), special education grades K-8, and students of all abilities, ages three to five. The program has a mix of coursework and practica experiences spread throughout those six terms. The field experiences and most of the graduate classes are scheduled during the day. However, each term there may be one late afternoon/early evening class. The program includes a master's research project that is completed in the sixth term and culminates in a master's degree.

Students in the Inclusive Elementary Educators Program are admitted in cohorts - groups of students who take coursework and field experience assignments together under the guidance of faculty at PSU and master teachers in area schools. The cohort remains together for the two years it takes to complete the program. The cohort strategy uses group processes to develop professionalism and collegiality, provide support for classroom performance, and encourage reflective practice. The cohort is named the Inclusive Educators Program to reflect the belief that schools are places where all students belong.

Students in the Inclusive Elementary Educators Program are placed, as much as possible, in schools that implement inclusion - where students with disabilities are included in their neighborhood schools. Field experience begins during the first term of the program. In these settings, special education services and support often occur within the regular classroom. Students in the Inclusive Educators Program complete field experiences/student teaching in at least two different age/grade levels or multi-age groups. They train with special education teachers in both resource room settings and in inclusive settings and with classroom teachers at preschool, primary, and/or intermediate grade levels.

Students work with faculty from both the Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education Departments at PSU. These faculty periodically co-teach courses in which they provide students with a variety of perspectives and methods of teaching.

The Inclusive Elementary Educators Program at PSU is at the forefront of the national educational reform movement. The curriculum reflects the contributions of professors, teachers, administrators, and counselors in the field who have pioneered inclusive education through their teaching and research. The Inclusive Elementary Educators Program is only one of a handful in the country offering both dual licensure and an inclusive focus.

 

Licensure information

Visit the Graduate School of Education Licensure site.