Added Special Educator Endorsement

The Department of Special Education blends evidence-based research with innovative classroom practices to prepare dynamic, confident, effective, and committed educators to work in 21st century schools. Our work is centered on six guiding themes: scaffolding instruction, collaboration and teaming, individualization, data-based decision making, inclusion and diversity, and leadership and advocacy. These themes drive our goals in 1) providing high-quality, responsive, and effective teacher training; 2) creating and sustaining meaningful partnerships in our communities; and 3) developing and disseminating research to advance effective educational theory, practices, and implementation.

The Special Educator Added Endorsement (AddSPED) program is designed for elementary or secondary licensed general education teachers who are interested in adding an endorsement in the area of special education. The special education endorsement allows licensed teachers to teach students age 3 through 21 with a range of support needs.

Benefits of the AddSPED program include:

  • Hybrid program - combination of online content and on-campus course meetings
  • On-campus course meetings held on Saturdays to allow for full-time employment while enrolled in the program
  • Cohort model
  • Nationally accredited by CAEP
  • Collaborative clinical practica
  • Emphasis on equity and inclusion
  • Well respected faculty engaged in a wide variety of applied research projects


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