A new undergraduate degree in special education has cleared the first step in the approval process for a future release in the GSE. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) gave consent at their quarterly meeting in Salem on November 2, 2017.
“Adding the undergraduate licensure option directly addresses Oregon and Southwest Washington’s need for more special educators by creating a more affordable and accessible program,” said Special Education Department Chair Randall De Pry, who, with his team, has been working on this program since October 2016. “This will significantly reduce the cost of licensure for students and more directly address the critical shortage of these teachers across our state and region.”
There are multiple steps for approval before the program is a reality, but the Special Education team who have been working on this hope to have a new program in place by fall 2018.