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Post Master's Special Education Generalist Endorsement Certificate

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 post master’s certificate is offered on the University of Portland campus for licensed teachers who already hold a master’s degree.

The special education generalist endorsement advances teachers' abilities to assess special needs children and develop and design appropriate instructional support for these children.

For details about the post master’s certificate 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.

Post Master’s Special Education Generalist Endorsement Certificate Requirements - 18 hrs

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)

Course descriptions are available in the University of Portland Bulletin.

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Note: The special education generalist endorsement is also offered as a specialty option in the master of education (MEd) program and as a post baccalaureate certificate.

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