Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education Program

In collaboration with local school districts, the College of Education offers an intensive teacher education program for those seeking initial licensure in special education with authorizations at either the early childhood/elementary levels or the middle school/high school levels. The Special Education Program is offered at the Eugene and Forest Grove campuses.

The Internship Program

The SPED Internship is an innovative graduate program involving collaboration between school districts and Pacific University. Candidates in this program complete the MAT degree and requirements for SPED licensure. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, experience working with persons with disabilities, and must show strong potential for becoming a special education teacher. Following a rigorous process, interns are mutually selected by school district representatives and university faculty. Once selected, the intern again may interview with school personnel to determine placement. Since the goal of this program is the recruitment and retention of special education teachers to fill a critical need, we strive to involve all stakeholders in the process. Successful interns who complete the school year satisfactorily are required to stay with the district for an additional two years if offered a position.

The Traditional Program

Students who desire a more traditional program will complete all the requirements of the special educator program and participate in a capstone student teaching experience for 12-18 weeks. Upon completion of the program, students will receive the MAT degree and be eligible for SPED licensure. The program design is customized for students who continue to work as paraeducators during the program, for those on restricted licenses, or for those without extensive work experience in a special education setting.

Curriculum

Section Early Childhood and Elementary Authorizations Credit Hrs
SPED-500 Foundations of Special Education
2
SPED-505 Exceptionalities
2
SPED-510 Behavior Management for Special Educators
3
SPED-517 Case Management for Special Educators
1
SPED-518 Collaboration in Schools
1
SPED-520 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
3
SPED-530 Integrated Curriculum and Methods for Students with Disabilities: Academic
3
SPED-535 Integrated Curriculum and Methods for Students with Disabilities: Functional
3
SPED-541 Technology for Teacher Productivity
1
SPED-542 Assistive Technology
1
SPED-550 Practicum - Special Education
1-6
SPED-575 Student Teaching
2-15
SPED-576 Seminar (2 sessions required)
1
EDUC-501 Foundations of General Education
2
EDUC-561 Foundations of Human Development & Psychology
2
EDUC-600 Learning Communities (3 sessions required)
1
EDUC-602 Teacher as Researcher I
1
EDUC-603 Teacher as Researcher II
1
EDUC-620 Language Acquisition in Children
2
  Middle School and High School Authorizations  
SPED-500 Foundations of Special Education
2
SPED-505 Exceptionalities
2
SPED-510 Behavior Management for Special Educators
3
SPED-517 Case Management for Special Educators
1
SPED-518 Collaboration in Schools
1
SPED-520 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
3
SPED-530 Integrated Curriculum and Methods for Students with Disabilities: Academic
3
SPED-535 Integrated Curriculum and Methods for Students with Disabilities: Functional
3
SPED-536 Transition
1
SPED-541 Technology for Teacher Productivity
1
SPED-542 Assistive Technology
1
SPED-550 Practicum - Special Education
1-6
SPED-575 Student Teaching
2-15
SPED-576 Seminar (2 sessions required)
1
EDUC-501 Foundations of General Education
2
EDUC-561 Foundations of Human Development & Psychology
2
EDUC-600 Learning Communities (3 sessions required)
1
EDUC-602 Teacher as Researcher I
1
EDUC-603 Teacher as Researcher II
1
EDUC-620 Language Acquisition in Children
2
 
Total Credits for ECE/Elem
43-47
 
Total Credits for MS/HS
44-48

Continuation in the Program

Requirements for Program Completion

Admissions Information

Application Requirements
Testing Information
Graduate Online Application

More Information

Fast Facts
Program Handbook - information subject to change

Contact

Diana Watkins, Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
Email: teach@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1435 or 877-722-8648 ext. 1435

Krisha Hall, Admissions Counselor and Data Manager
Email: krisha@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1436

Christine Macfarlane, Special Education Program Director
Email: macfarlane@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1440