Division of Education & Leadership


The Division of Education and Leadership (DEL)

The Division of Education and Leadership (DEL) is based upon democratic ideals, educational equity, cultural sensitivity, caring and committed professionalism, and an intellectually vital community. We are committed to facilitating the learning and development of our candidates who, in turn, can successfully affect the learning and development of P-12 students in schools. Accredited by NCATE and Oregon's TSPC since 1954, we are one of only eight nationally accredited teacher preparation programs in Oregon.

We have adopted the EdTPA assessment as a culminating performance assessment for teacher candidates beginning Spring Term of 2015. EdTPA is a performance assessment of readiness to teach that has been adopted by over 30 states and throughout Oregon. Passing this assessment is a pre-requisite for a teaching license. Learn more about EdTPA.

Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

Apply today for an opportunity to receive a maximum of $5,000 scholarship for your first year of enrollment. Recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled in at least 6 credits during their term of support and meet minimum admissions requirements.

Students must demonstrate “Academic Merit” determined by acceptance into a WOU graduate program, GPA, honors/awards, demonstrated leadership, and scholarly activities.

Initial Teacher Licensure Programs

Undergraduate Teacher Licensure

The education program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education, including an initial Oregon Teaching License in four years.  During the first three years, students complete required general education, teaching content courses, and pre-education courses.

Graduate Teacher Licensure

Transitioning from another career? Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs provide you with the opportunity to earn an initial teaching license for Elementary or High School (Middle School is optional), while earning a graduate degree. The 67 credit hour Elementary MAT is an online/hybrid program, while the 56 credit hour Middle/High program is offered in both full-time campus or part-time hybrid formats.

Please contact our Graduate Programs Advisor, Olivia Flores a few terms prior to your anticipated start term to expedite your program entry.

Non-Licensure Program

The early childhood studies program helps you become a skilled and reflective teacher leader in the field of early childhood (birth – age 8), focusing on working with young children and their families in inclusive settings.

Master of Science in Education Licensure & Non-Licensure

Master of Science in Education

The MSEd is for licensed and non-licensed educators who work in a variety of education settings. Licensed teachers can add additional endorsements and specializations to an existing teaching license while completing the MSEd. You can complete the 45 graduate credit hour MSEd degree on a full-time or part-time basis.

MS in Education: Special Education

The MSEd: Special Education degree requires a minimum of 45 graduate credits, the majority in special education. You may include content from license/endorsement programs such as Special Educator or Early Intervention Special Education programs. You may have, but are not required to have, a prior teaching license.

MS in Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

The MSEd: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education degree is an exciting new program designed for future teachers who want to instruct those who are deaf and hard of hearing that combines the best of two of our academic divisions.  Housed in the Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies, it intersects with the Division of Education and Leadership by allowing you to earn an initial teaching license. This two year, 68 credit program has three formats; on campus, online, or a hybrid.

MS in Education: Information Technology

Your MSEd degree in Information Technology opens doors. Whether you are a teacher, trainer, or informal educator the career benefits are endless. Complete the program entirely online, or combine online and campus classes. Flexible schedules allow you to complete anywhere from five terms to five years.



Division of Education and Leadership (DEL)

(503) 838-8471 | or e-mail: education@wou.edu  | Location: RWEC 120