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 CASE, 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 ChildrenWith Disabilities and Their Families) and mathematics for elementary teachers (SOU – MTH 211: Math for Elementary Teachers)
- On-campus interview (article review)
To Apply to the Program:
Applications for the 2020 program are now available. The application deadline is January 10, 2020.
To apply for the Special Education Preliminary License Program you will need to submit:
- Application to the SPED Preliminary Teaching License Program to the SOU School of Education
- Application for Graduate Admission to the SOU Office of Admissions.
- SPED Application Checklist
Both applications are due by January 10, 2020.
Mail the completed Special Education Preliminary License Program application to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to receive an application or additional information.
For Program Application information:
For Licensure Application information:
For Program information:
Dr. Jo-Anne Lau-Smith