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

Application Requirements


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Deadlines and key dates:

Priority Application Deadline April 1st. for fall start.

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


Application materials required for WOU Graduate admission:

  • Application Fee $60
  • Transcripts
    • You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to complete your application for admission. We will require an official transcript from the Colleges or Universities you have attended for formal admission. Save as PDF with your first and last name in time from all previous colleges.
  • Transcripts are used as 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. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived. Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted.

Application materials for MS in Education: Special Education program:

  • Current Resume
    • Save as PDF with your first and last name in title.
  • Personal Statement
    • Please provide a PDF personal statement answering the following questions:
      • Describe your experience working with individuals with disabilities, your level of responsibility within the setting(s), and the length of time spent in each experience.
      • Describe your career goals and explain how a Master’s Degree in Special Education will help you accomplish these goals.
      • Describe the qualities that make you a good match for this specific program as well as your plan for being successful within the program.
  • Two Recommendations and EDA form
    • Two references verifying your success working with youth. Each reference will need to complete an EDA form (reference copy) that is attached to their online recommendation request.
  • EDA Form with Signature from Applicant
    • Please review the form (applicant copy) and upload with your signature.

      Process: You will be notified via email regarding acceptance status of your complete application. A complete program application includes your current resume, personal statement, recommendations, EDA form, and all transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You will be notified via email if you are missing any application components


      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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