Special Education Endorsement
Total credit hours: 18
Program length: Part time (summer and evening classes)
Program start date: June
This program is offered on the Lewis & Clark campus only
View the current program of study in the course catalog
Program director: Alicia Roberts Frank (contact directly with advising questions)
Lewis & Clark’s Special Education Endorsement Program was designed by a collaborative team of public school special educators and college faculty to provide a highly practical, skill-based program based on current research for educators interested in serving students with special needs. Faculty members are current or former special educators who have extensive backgrounds in current theories, research, and practice.
Lewis & Clark taught me how to challenge myself in ways I never knew possible, and the professors were like family. When you walk away, you know you have acquired something no one else will have.Program alumna
In the Special Education Endorsement Program, you will work with leaders in the field to:
- Observe, analyze and document the educational impact of disabilities
- Determine the applicability of scientifically based research to a variety of educational environments
- Analyze and use current assessment strategies
- Learn about instructional practices with demonstrated effectiveness in improving academic achievement and socially acceptable behavior of students with special needs.
Throughout the program, your knowledge and skills will be applied in school-based special education settings with students receiving special-education services. If applicable, endorsement candidates may use their current special education teaching assignment site as a practicum setting.
What to Expect
The Special Education endorsement provides 18 semester hours of opportunities to learn and/or refine skills in each aspect of the special education process from referral to reevaluation. Faculty approach courses and practica as opportunities to examine and solve the day-to-day questions and concerns of educating students with disabilities in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade settings across all levels of disability (mild, moderate, and severe). Each course emphasizes research-based, interactive problem solving that is effective, efficient, practical, up-to-date, and skill-based, designed to ensure that graduates of the program are well equipped to serve students with special needs.
Why Study at LC?
The special education program is flexible, respecting the busy schedules of practicing educators, and providing an individualized course of study that accepts credit for a candidate’s previous special education coursework and/or special education experience. Small classes emphasize problem solving and collegial discussions.
Find out more about which Special Education endorsement is right for you, based on which teaching license you possess, using a special Endorsement Pathways page we have prepared for you.
Expectations for Admission
All candidates to the Special Education Endorsement Program must hold an Oregon teaching license. The initial 6 credits of the special educator endorsement (SPED 510/626, SPED 511/629, SPED 516/628) may be taken before your application for formal admission has been accepted. You will need to complete a Special Student Application/ Registration Form for registration. Before Lewis & Clark can recommend you to Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for an endorsement, you must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
The Special Education Endorsement program is primarily designed for educators who have or are eligible for an Oregon Initial or Continuing teaching license. Teachers who hold a Basic or Standard teaching license can earn their Basic Exceptional Learner I endorsement at Lewis & Clark by completing the coursework required for the Special Education endorsement. TSPC then requires the completion of an additional 10 semester hours of coursework in special education to earn the Standard Exceptional Learner I endorsement. If you hold a Basic or Standard teaching license, we recommend contacting the program coordinator to discuss your course of study.
Find out more about which Special Education endorsement is right for you, based on which teaching license you possess, using the Endorsement Pathways page.
Teachers who hold a Basic or Standard teaching license can earn their Basic Exceptional Learner I endorsement at Lewis & Clark by completing the coursework required for the Special Education endorsement. TSPC then requires the completion of an additional 10 semester hours of coursework in special education to earn the Standard Exceptional Learner I endorsement. If you hold a Basic or Standard teaching license, we recommend contacting the program coordinator to discuss your course of study.
More about the Special Education and Basic Exceptional endorsements is available on the “About the Endorsements” page.
Talk to the Program Coordinator
For more information or to speak with the Special Education program director, please contact Alicia Roberts Frank.