Graduate Program Special Education

PSU special education graduate student working with clients

Special Education Master's Degree Overview

With millions of students nationwide receiving special education services, there is a demand for highly educated teachers who can work with students at all skill levels. Our special education master’s degree will teach you to help students with a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Our graduates are prepared to adapt and teach general education, reading, writing, and math to students across a continuum from those with mild and moderate disabilities to those with complex needs. With your master's in special education, you will be equipped to teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques. Our innovative program offers the option to complete the master’s degree in conjunction with a teacher licensure program or independently.

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Special Education Master's Degree: Why PSU?

PSU Special Education Faculty represent leadership and excellence across literacy, bilingualism, positive behavior supports, multicultural special education, behavior analysis, assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, visual impairment, early childhood, and transition.

What can I do with a master's degree in Special Education?

Our graduates work as:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Transition Coordinator

Our graduates are employed at schools throughout the greater Portland Metropolitan Area, particularly at Portland Public Schools.

Featured Courses

  • SPED 596 Research in Special Education
  • SPED 597 Issues and Practices in Special Education
  • SPED 506 Special Project


  • Elective options vary widely


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).