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Southern Oregon University

The Special Education Preliminary License Program is a 70-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 pre-session of the summer term, ends the following spring term. (See the program of study.) 
  • Winter courses offered via eLearning to remote sites.
  • Field placements made in home communities.
  • Completion of the Program results in a Masters 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) and mathematics for elementary teachers (SOU – MTH 211: Math for Elementary Teachers)
  • On-campus interview (article review)

To Apply to the Program:

To apply for the Special Education Preliminary License Program you will need to submit:

Both applications are due by January 8, 2016.

Mail the completed Special Education Preliminary License Program application to:

Applications Coordinator
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, if you would like to receive an application or additional information.

Mail the completed SOU Graduate School application along with the $60 application fee to:

Admissions Office
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd 
Ashland, OR 97520


For Program Application information:
Anita Caster

For Licensure Application information:
Margaret Wright

For Program information:
Dr. April Harrison