Special Education Endorsement

Program details

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
 the current program of study in the course catalog
Inservice Program director: Becky Miller, rebeccabmiller@lclark.edu
Master’s option: Please see the MEd: Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education program



Lewis & Clark’s Special Education: Generalist 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: Generalist 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: Generalist 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.

Expectations for Admission

All candidates to the Special Education: Generalist 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. Formal admission to the program is required before beginning your field experience.

Apply Now

To find out more about the admissions process, as well as the requirements for admission, you can contact the Graduate School Office of Admission s at gseadmit@lclark.edu or 503-768-6200.

Contact the Program Director

For more information please contact Becky Miller at rebeccabmiller@lclark.edu.

For Current Students

Wish to continue your Inservice studies?

Students currently enrolled in an Inservice degree or endorsement program who would like to continue their Inservice studies in another endorsement program may be eligible for an abbreviated application process. Please complete the form below.

Inservice Request to Add Program Application