The Special Education Preliminary License Program is a 66-credit graduate program for those seeking a career in special education in K-12 settings. The program is designed to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge through course work, directly linked to field-based experiences.  The SOU Special Education Program is recognized as one of the best in the state, with a 95% employment rate of graduates.

  • Candidates complete the program in one year.
  • The program begins in the summer term and ends the following spring term. 
  • Efforts are made to place students in their home community, if possible.
  • Completion of the Program results in a Master's Degree in Education and recommendation for the Oregon Preliminary teaching license with the endorsement in special education.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (3.0 GPA in last 90 quarter hours)
  • Admission to SOU Graduate School
  • Passing score on Basic Skills Test (NES EAS, Praxis Core, or CBEST)
  • Documented experience with children, preferably those with exceptionalities
  • Prerequisite course: Foundations of special education (SOU – ED 470: The Exceptional Child or ED 348: Special Studies Children With Disabilities and Their Families) and mathematics for elementary teachers (SOU – MTH 211: Math for Elementary Teachers)
  • On-campus interview 

To Apply to the Program:

Applications for the 2021 program will be available soon. The application deadline has been extended. Apply today!

To apply for the Special Education Preliminary License Program you will need to submit:

Both applications need to be completed.

Email the completed Special Education Preliminary License Program application to Anita Caster at - or mail it to:

Applications Coordinator
School of Education
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520 

Please contact Anita Caster, Education Graduate Services Coordinator, at 541-552-6996, or, if you would like to receive an application or additional information.



For Program Application information:
Anita Caster

For Licensure Application information:
Margaret Wright

For Program information:
Dr. Jo-Anne Lau-Smith