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Special Education Generalist Endorsement

Introducing Linfield's

Special Education Generalist Endorsement

Great teachers have the ability to nurture the whole child, understand their assets and gifts, and help children shine in their own unique ways. If you love teaching and learning, and hold a passion for working with exceptional children, pursue an endorsement in special education at Linfield. Whether you are an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in education, a current school employee ready to get your teaching license or an in-service teacher or instructional assistant desiring an add-on endorsement in special education, Linfield's education program will set you on a path to a rewarding career.

Receive exceptional training for a profession that's consistently in high-demand.

The special education generalist endorsement is available as a dual endorsement option for undergraduate education majors or as an add-on endorsement for graduate students. 

Perfect for those who want to be a more inclusive elementary school teacher or teach K-12 special education, our undergraduate program allows you to earn your elementary multiple subjects license and a special education endorsement together.

It is also ideal for K-12 staff interested in a teaching license and a career in special education! The program has been designed with maximum access for working professionals with various entry points, flexible delivery models and partnerships with community colleges. If you are an instructional assistant, paraprofessional or other support staff with experience working with children and children with special needs, you will find this program responsive to career advancement goals in the teacher workforce. Featuring seven courses (three of which are already part of the traditional undergraduate program course requirements), totaling 12 additional credits.

Our graduate-level add-on option was built for in-service teachers or instructional assistants who seek to add a special education generalist endorsement to an existing teaching license or those who want to teach special education in a secondary setting. The program features six courses (totaling 20 credits) and 90-hours of student teaching in classrooms with students with exceptionalities across the full range of disabilities.

In Linfield's Special Education Endorsement Program

You might take

Instructional Techniques, Interventions & Culturally Responsive Practices in Special Education

Learn identification and teaching methodologies in the areas of autism, traumatic brain injury, deafness, blindness and other health impairments. Learn and discuss stages of communication, teaming, functionality, adaptation, inclusion and transition. This course emphasizes teaching individuals and small groups in special education, general education and community settings. Expand your knowledge, and application of, culturally responsive teaching within special education. (EDSP 422/522)

Evidence-based Practices in Literacy and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities

Examine foundational strategies and methodologies related to language arts and mathematics. Develop skills in applying evidence-based instructional strategies and interventions relevant to the full continuum of students with disabilities in a variety of instructional settings. This course addresses the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to promote learning for students with disabilities and for students with disabilities who are English language learners. (EDSP 503)

Ethical, Legal & Collaborative Principles

Gain knowledge of current case law, legislation, litigation and administrative rulings related to special education. Use this knowledge in professional and ethical practice that not only centers on the individual with special needs but also colleagues, families, related service providers and the community. Develop your abilities to approach legal issues, policies and procedures in culturally responsive ways to ensure an appropriate education for individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences. (EDSP 482/582)

Program objectives

Linfield's College of Arts & Sciences is pursuing the development of this new endorsement with plans to launch as early as fall 2021.

Based on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Initial K-12 Standards, and the Oregon Standards for Special Education, successful candidates who complete Linfield’s Special Education Generalist Program will:

  1. Practice within ethical and legal guidelines; advocate for improved outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families while considering their social, cultural, and linguistic diversity; and engage in ongoing self-reflection to design and implement professional learning activities. (CEC Initial K-12 Standard 1: Engaging in Professional Learning and Practice within Ethical Guidelines) 
  2. Use their understanding of human growth and development, the multiple influences on development, individual differences, diversity, including exceptionalities, and families and communities to plan and implement inclusive learning environments and experiences that provide individuals with exceptionalities high-quality learning experiences reflective of each individual’s strengths and needs.  (CEC Initial K-12 Standard 2: Understanding and Addressing Each Individual’s Developmental and Learning Needs)
  3. Apply their understanding of the academic subject matter content of the general curriculum and specialized curricula to inform their programmatic and instructional decisions for learners with exceptionalities. (CEC K-12 Content Standard 3: Demonstrating Subject Matter Content and Specialized Curricular Knowledge)  
  4. Assess students’ learning, behavior, and the classroom environment in order to evaluate and support classroom and school-based problem-solving systems of intervention and instruction. Candidates evaluate students to determine their strengths and needs, contribute to students’ eligibility determination, communicate students’ progress, inform short and long-term instructional planning, and make ongoing adjustments to instruction using technology as appropriate.  (CEC K-12 Content Standard 4: Using Assessment to Understand the Learner and the Learning Environment for Data-Based Decision Making)
  5. Use knowledge of individuals’ development, learning needs, and assessment data to inform decisions about effective instruction. Candidates use explicit instructional strategies and employ strategies to promote active engagement and increased motivation to individualize instruction to support each individual. Candidates use whole group instruction, flexible grouping, small group instruction, and individual instruction. Candidates teach individuals to use meta-/cognitive strategies to support and self-regulate learning. (CEC Initial K-12 Standard 5: Supporting Learning Using Effective Instruction)
  6. Create and contribute to safe, respectful, and productive learning environments for individuals with exceptionalities through the use of effective routines and procedures and use a range of preventive and responsive practices to support social, emotional and educational well-being. They follow ethical and legal guidelines and work collaboratively with families and other professionals to conduct behavioral assessments for intervention and program development. (CEC Initial K-12 Standard 6: Supporting Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Growth)
  7. Apply team processes and communication strategies to collaborate in a culturally responsive manner with families, paraprofessionals, and other professionals within the school, other educational settings, and the community to plan programs and access services for individuals with exceptionalities and their families. (CEC Initial K-12 Standard 7: Collaborating with Team Members)

Request more information

Do you have questions about Linfield's special education generalist endorsement program? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Dr. Carrie Kondor
Director of Education
Potter Hall