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Master of Education in Special Education

Concordia's Special Education programs are designed for candidates who hold a teaching license who would like to pursue either a Master of Education in Special Education or a Special Education Endorsement. We are now accepting applications for next semester.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education is a 32 semester hour program that blends the latest research-based classroom work delivered by current practitioners, with hands-on clinical experiences under the guidance of experienced special education mentors in local area schools and Concordia Appointed supervisor. This Special Education program has been approved by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Candidates may apply and begin in fall, spring, or summer term. The program is offered on-campus or online. The program may be completed in six semesters, but a student is free to complete the program at a slower rate as the coursework allows. Clinical Practicum experiences are offered in fall and spring semesters upon completion of all required special education courses. There may be up to two required seminars embedded per practicum experience.

Special Education Endorsement: Early Childhood (ECE)/Elementary (ELE), or Middle Level (ML)/High School (HS)

The Added Special Education Endorsement is a 25 semester-hour program (26 if pursuing CTL) designed to provide Special Education Candidates  with the knowledge base and classroom skills necessary to address the special learning needs of this population. The requirements for the endorsement program adhere to the same research-based classroom protocols and clinical experiences as are required in the Master's in Special Education Program. Coursework is offered on-campus in a non-cohort model or online.  Courses are designed to follow a specific sequence.

Locations & Delivery:

On campus (Northeast Portland)
During the fall and spring semesters, classes are typically offered one night a week and last 7.5 weeks. Additional class options are available during the summer.

Online classes are accelerated and are 5 weeks in length. Typically, a student may take up to three classes a semester.


Program Goals

M.Ed. candidates in Special Education will demonstrate:

  1. Skills in identifying and understanding the assessment of students with disabilities, the development of Individualized Education Plans (IEP), design and implementation of specially designed instruction,  with on-going evaluation of student performance across multiple instructional settings. The M.Ed. candidate will learn to:
    1. integrate instruction across various instructional content and settings
    2. apply current special education evidenced-based practices and supports
    3. plan to promote parental involvement
    4. adhere to current special education research and current issues in the field of special education
    5. support and promote students with disabilities in self-determination
    6. plan for and apply best practices for the assurance of FAPE
    7. plan for and apply best practices related to the promotion of equity related to individual student differences and diverse ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds
  2. Skills in the application and integration of new assistive technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes related to the full range of learner with special needs
  3. Skills in the design, implementation, and presentation of an action research project or thesis developed expressly to improve special education practices and student learning outcomes
  4. Knowledge of and appreciation for the Christian perspective and its emphasis on service as a fundamental element of successful teaching, learning and administering
  5. Values, ethics, beliefs, and attitudes that achieve the educational goals of the state, district, and local school communities
  6. A desire to continue professional and leadership development in the field of special education practices

These align well with the Accreditation Standards of the Oregon State Teacher and Standards Practices (TSPC), Council for Exception Children (CEC), the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the Standards for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

For more information, contact Dr. Regina Moreno.