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M.S. in Education: Special Education K-12 

Application Requirements


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Steps in applying to MSEd: Special Education program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to Master of Science in Education: Special Education program

Deadlines and key dates:

Priority Application Deadline April 1st.

  • Completed applications received after the priority deadline may be considered until the cohort is full or be placed on a wait list.

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate Admission:

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission form: Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building Office 107. You must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the Master of Science in Education: Special Education program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.
  • $60 application fee
  • Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. If the applicant’s cumulative GPA is below 3.00, but a calculation using the last 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of graded course work is 3.0 or higher, the latter will be used as the basis for admission. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived.
    • GPA requirement: Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted. A student who has an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 can be admitted conditionally for the first 9 credit hours. Students can Petition for Conditional Admission via the petition located on the graduate office website. *Conditionally admitted students will not be able to receive financial aid until they become fully admitted students and a program plan is on file.

2. Apply for Master of Science in Education: Special Education program admission:


STOP, do not start your online program application until you have the following items ready: 

See the list below of requirements to fill out and upload to Tk20, plus other necessary materials you need to submit.

  • Current resume
  • Read and sign the Special Education Educator Disposition Candidate form. Prospective students do not need to evaluate themselves, just read and sign. 
  • Character questionnaire form
  • SPED essays: Questions can be found on the Tk20 application.
  • Two letters of recommendation verifying your success working with youth. Each reference will also need to complete an EDA form. Please send this form to each reference and ask them to send it directly to

Please upload all SPED program application materials to Tk20 unless otherwise specified. 

  • For previous or current WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • For new WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • If you need any assistance with Tk20 please email Olivia Flores, Program Assistant (


    If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Olivia Flores at or 503-838-8675

    "Being a student in the M.S. in SpEd program at Western Oregon University gave me the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that equipped me to become an effective teacher. The professors in this program provide both challenge and motivation in the classroom setting through the support, knowledge, and enthusiasm that they exhibit in their teaching practices. Aside from establishing positive relationships with the professors, I also had the opportunity to build relationships with mentors in a nearby school district, while completing my field experience requirements. Receiving mentorship and guidance in the special education field before beginning my teaching career, helped me apply the knowledge that I had gained in my classes to support students in their academic and/or functional development. Overall, this program helped me grow so much as a person and a teacher, and I know it will do the same for you."

    Nicolette Wise
    M.S. In Ed. Special Education

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