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Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education Generalist Endorsement

Marissa Manza

Marissa Manza - Class of 2014, 2016
BA, MED, Special Education Endorsement

"Every person’s brain works differently and that gives each of us different strengths and weaknesses. Being a special education teacher, I keep this in mind each day as I work to instill confidence in my students by matching what I do as a teacher with how my students best learn. I see education as a process that involves not only the brain, but also the whole person and each day I seek to educate the student’s heart, mind and body. I see education this way because this is how I was taught. My students are my teachers too. I believe in the beauty and value of each individual student and the power they have to make this world a better place and that is why I am a teacher. "

The special education generalist endorsement offered through the master of education (MEd) program on the University of Portland campus advances teachers' abilities to assess special needs children and develop and design appropriate instructional support for these children.

For details about the MEd program application requirements, please see the Graduate School's Application Requirements webpage. Questions about enrolling should be directed to Anne Rasmussen at or 503.943.8257.

MEd Special Education Generalist Endorsement Requirements - 36 hours

MEd Core Requirements - 15 hrs
ED 550 Professional Growth and Development (3 hrs)
ED 551 Social and Cultural Foundations (3 hrs)
ED 555 Teacher as Researcher (3 hrs)
ED 558 Educational Research for Improved Student Learning (3 hrs)
ED 598 MEd Capstone Project (3 hrs)

MEd Special Education Generalist Endorsement Specialty Requirements - 21 hours
ED 503 Language and Communication: Support and Strategies (3 hrs)
ED 504 School, Parent, and Community Relations (3 hrs)
ED 505 Behavior Support: Consultative and Collaboration (3 hrs)
ED 506 Academic Assessments: Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 hrs)
ED 508 Functional Assessment: Curriculum, and Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 hrs)
ED 568 Special Education Practicum P-12 (3 hrs)
ED 5XX Elective (3 hrs)

Course descriptions are available in the University of Portland Bulletin.

Note: The special education generalist endorsement is also offered as a post baccalaureate certificate and a post master’s certificate.

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