12 months
732 USD/credit 32940 USD/year
732 USD/credit 32940 USD/year
505 USD/credit 22725 USD/year
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With millions of students nationwide receiving special education services, there is a demand for highly educated teachers who can work with students at all skill levels. The Special Education degree from Portland State University will teach you to help students with a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. 

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The graduates of the Special Education degree from Portland State University are prepared to adapt and teach general education, reading, writing, and math to students across a continuum from those with mild and moderate disabilities to those with complex needs. 

With your master's in special education, you will be equipped to teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques. The innovative program offers the option to complete the master’s degree in conjunction with a teacher licensure program or independently.


The graduates work as:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Transition Coordinator

The graduates are employed at schools throughout the greater Portland Metropolitan Area, particularly at Portland Public Schools.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research in Special Education
  • Issues and Practices in Special 
  • Special Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 732 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    32940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 732 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    22725 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 505 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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