School of Education Programs
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Offered as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Major
This degree program offers a 100% online option.
The Early Childhood Development (ECD) program will provide a variety of career options for you to work with young children and their families. Just imagine, this program will help you become a well qualified professional for opportunities such as preschool teacher, Head Start Program teacher, administrator, family advocate, early interventionist, educational assistant, as well as a potential Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) student.
All students in this major can earn a bachelor’s degree in Education Studies; in addition, there is an option to earn a teaching license as part of this undergraduate program. Students explore their interests and prepare for the Education Studies program during their freshman and sophomore years while fulfilling the University Studies (general education) requirements. The upper division coursework includes teacher preparation requirements, including content knowledge, pedagogy, and field experiences. The coursework focuses on understanding children in unique stages of development, learning about children and families from diverse backgrounds, enhancing instructional techniques in multidisciplinary content areas, and growing as a teacher through field experiences in diverse settings.
The Adult Education concentration in the Master of Science in Education degree develops essential skills in creating and leading learning experiences for adult audiences in workplace or higher education settings. This accelerated program, delivered in an online format, is ideal for working professionals in corporate, nonprofit and educational environments. Coursework has been carefully designed to prepare individuals for a broad range of education roles in corporate training, community college, higher education student affairs, instructional design, and more. No teaching license is required for this degree program.
The Adult Ed, ESL concentration in the Master of Science in Education degree focuses on gaining the knowledge to help non-native English speakers learn vital communication skills. Coursework has been designed to provide the learner with the skills to create and lead learning experiences for culturally diverse adult audiences. The program is delivered in an online accelerated format with the working professional in mind. No teaching experience is required for admission.
In the Curriculum and Instruction concentration in the Master of Science in Education degree, learners will develop the ability to design innovative instructional strategies to support student success. The program can be customized to fit your career goals through the selection of electives. Coursework will focus on creating assessments that facilitate leveraging data effectively to determine teaching efficacy and pedagogical best practices on differentiated instruction for diverse learners. Offered online to provide flexibility for working professionals.
In the Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education concentration of the Master of Science in Education degree, learners prepare for leadership roles as STEM teachers or curriculum specialists working in either PK-20 or informal education systems. This master’s program focuses on exploring and applying learning theory, innovative curricular design, and proven instructional practices. Delivered in an accelerated online format ideal for working professionals, this program provides support for regional, statewide and national efforts to enhance student access to high-quality STEM education both inside and outside the classroom. No teaching license is required for this degree program.
This Master of Science program combines educational concepts with a knowledge of natural sciences to create leaders in the environmental education field. Students will develop educational skills in curriculum building, student management, and standards alignment with the sciences, including natural history, stream ecology, and organismal biology. Using these skills and new-found knowledge, students will design and lead an environmental education program, Fall in the Field, as the capstone project.
*The Master of Science in Environmental Education, MS degree is housed within the Environmental Education program website.
The focus of the Leadership in Early Childhood Education in the Master of Science in Education degree is on applying research and assessment tools to evaluate and advance instructional choices and educational policies for the young children of today and tomorrow. Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, this accelerated online program develops holistic and ethical leadership skills, preparing graduates to advance the early childhood education profession. This dynamic master’s program is intended for aspiring or currently practicing leaders and advocates in the field of early childhood education. No teaching license is required for this degree program.
The Leadership in Higher Education concentration in the Master of Science in Education degree provides the learner with a foundation in higher ed policy, practices, systems, and structures. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to elevate your career to decision-making roles in higher education. The program is offered online in an accelerated format to increase accessibility for working professionals. Coursework will introduce learners to best practices in academic and student affairs with special attention to factors that influence college and university student success.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers a coordinated series of learning experiences, built upon a conceptual framework grounded in social constructivism and organized around themes of reflection, decision-making, facilitation, continuous learning, research, leadership, and collaboration. The cohort based program has a strong connection with public schools and emphasizes the importance of providing pre-service teachers with multiple opportunities for observation, interaction, reflection, facilitation, instruction, collaboration, and leadership in a P-12 learning community.
The purpose of the Master of Arts or Science in Education program is to provide teachers and other working professionals with strong graduate-level courses of study related to various fields of education by fostering scholarship, instructional excellence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and professional leadership. The key to the MSEd program is an emphasis on educational leadership within the school, the workplace, and the broader community. In addition to the concentrations listed above, other areas of focus include Initial Administrative License and English for Speakers of Other Languages.
The Public Health Education concentration in the Master of Science in Education degree explores education and communication principles and methods to promote preventive health measures. This multi-disciplinary program includes courses in health, business, and education to help the learner develop the competencies necessary to address public health issues in local, state, national and international communities. Coursework is aligned with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and offered in an accelerated online format to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
The Reading and Literacy concentration in the Master of Science in Education degree will provide the learner with the ability to teach the interactive processes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking across the curriculum. Coursework will focus on issues related to reading instruction and assessment with research-validated strategies and tools to meet the needs of individual learners. The program is offered 100% online and does not require a teaching certificate.
The Reading and Literacy with Reading Endorsement concentration of the Master of Science in Education degree prepares the learner for the Oregon Reading Intervention Endorsement. Offered online to provide flexibility for working teachers, the coursework will focus on issues related to reading instruction and assessment with research-validated strategies and tools to meet the needs of individual learners. A teaching certificate is required for this program prior to starting the 90-hour practicum.
The Special Education Preliminary Licensure Program (69 credits) is for people seeking to teach students with exceptionalities kindergarten through high school. It is a full‐year, full‐time program, beginning in the summer pre‐session and ending in the following spring term. There is also an Added Endorsement program for licensed teachers who wish to add the Special Education endorsement. In addition, SOU and Oregon Tech have partnered to offer a program that combines Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder courses.
Offered as an academic endorsement
This endorsement program is for licensed teachers who teach or who would like to teach English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). Designed for educators with full-time teaching loads, the five courses (including a field-based practicum) are offered online during the academic year and face to face during the summer.
Offered as a licensure program
SOU’s School of Education offers programs for the Principal Administrator License (PAL) (previously called the Initial Administrator License (IAL) program) issued by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). The PAL is a 40-credit, cohort-based program that begins each June and continues through seven terms.
Offered as an Oregon Reading Intervention Endorsement
The Reading Endorsement is geared for licensed teachers seeking the endorsement without a master’s degree. Teachers will gain an understanding of the issues related to effective reading instruction and tools to improve student achievement. Courses will focus on issues related to reading instruction and assessment with research-validated strategies and tools to meet the needs of individual learners. A Preliminary or Professional teaching license is required prior to starting the 90-hour practicum..
The Adult Learning micro-credential will prepare participants to be effective facilitators, coaches and instructors of adult learners. Learners will develop essential skills to create and lead learning experiences for adult audiences in workplace, organizations or higher education settings.
The School Mental and Behavioral Health micro-credential equips K-12 classroom assistants and classified staff to provide universal behavioral supports in a culturally appropriate and trauma-informed manner. Offered in collaboration with K-12 districts and community mental health agencies, the credential is the first rung of a regional School Mental and Behavioral Health career ladder.
The Leadership in ECE micro-credential will prepare participants to apply research and assessment tools to evaluate and advance instructional choices and educational policies for the young children of today and tomorrow. Learners will develop holistic and ethical leadership skills to embrace the challenges of the modern early childhood education landscape.
The Leadership in Higher Education micro-credential provides the foundational knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary for leadership roles in higher education. You will develop an understanding of higher ed policy, practices, systems and structures to elevate your career opportunities in higher education and related fields.
In the Public Health Education micro-credential, you will explore education and communication principles and methods to promote preventive health measures. You will also gain expertise in providing and managing health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles.
The 12-13 credit SEL badge demonstrates a sustained focus on the knowledge, skills, and direct experience necessary to integrate social emotional learning competencies in teaching, counseling, and other educational contexts. Students completing this badge will understand the research base of SEL along with its place in the border field of holistic education.
The STEM Education micro-credential will prepare participants for leadership roles as a STEM teacher or curriculum specialist working in either PK-20 or informal education systems. The micro-credential provides a specialized research-based education for post-baccalaureate learners and may be completed in one year, starting any quarter.
The Undergraduate STEM Education Badge is earned by taking at least four courses across education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. As a result of earning this micro-credential, the student will gain pedagogical content knowledge that is necessary to teach integrated STEM subjects in elementary or early childhood education settings in the 21st century.
Prepare to support the learning of adult second language learners in educational and work settings. You will develop essential skills to support adults in learning skills they need including reading, writing, math, English language proficiency, and problem-solving.