Special Education Licensure

Special Education Initial Teacher Licensure

In the College of Education at Eastern Oregon University

The College of Education at Eastern Oregon University offers an onsite special education initial teacher licensure (SEITL) undergraduate program at the main campus in La Grande.

The SEITL undergraduate program is a comprehensive two-year program that combines coursework in core study areas and structured in-person practicum and student teaching field placements. The emphasis of the SEITL undergraduate program is to prepare qualified, informed, and dynamic special educators for an Oregon teaching license with a special educator endorsement. After completing this program, teacher candidates will have the skills necessary to: a) select from and deliver a variety of evidence-based special education practices; b) understand how to collect and use data to inform educational decisions; c) collaborate effectively with families, students, and other educators/service providers and, d) adhere to the many legal and procedural aspects of special education.

Program Model

The SEITL undergraduate program is offered as an onsite cohort model over a six-term cycle at the main campus in La Grande. Students are required to begin the program at the start of the cycle and complete all courses in the cycle in the sequence in which they are offered.

Program completion requires 76 quarter credits, of which 55 credits comprise core coursework and 21 credits comprise practicum and student teaching field experiences. Pairing coursework alongside practical classroom experiences provides teacher candidates with opportunities to put theory and strategies into practice.

Follow the link to the right to visit the EOU Academic Catalog entry for this program.


Students preparing to teach special education are required to complete the Multidisciplinary Studies major and a major in special education. 

For more information about this program, contact an advisor.

Steps to Apply

STEP 1: Apply to Eastern Oregon University

Apply to EOU and connect with our Admissions and Financial Aid office for awesome support.

STEP 2: Apply to Special Education Initial Teacher Licensure Program at EOU

Final Deadline: March 1, 2023

Course Delivery 

All classes are in-person at EOU’s main campus in La Grande. Practicum and student teaching field placements occur in Union and other surrounding counties.


SEITL undergraduate program candidates must earn a passing score on the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessment (ORELA) Special Education Test to qualify for state licensure. This test is taken as part of the transition into student teaching near the end of the 4th term program. Please follow this link for more information about the test.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Jerred Jolin

Jerred Jolin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Special Education

Phone: 541.962.3537
Email: jjolin@eou.edu
Office: ZH-230

Program Advisor

Kylie Evans

Kylie Evans

Education Advisor and UG Ed Program Admission Coordinator

Phone: 541.962.3623
Email: krevans@eou.edu
Office: ZH-225