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Alternative Adult Degree Pathway

Elementary Education with a Special Education Endorsement

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Introducing Linfield University's adult degree pathway

Elementary education degree with a special education endorsement

Linfield offers a flexible adult degree pathway to a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a K-12 special education endorsement in as little as two years! This dual-endorsement option is designed for working adults who want to teach elementary school or special education in K-12. Courses take place in the evenings on-campus or online, and you can begin during any term throughout the year.

Apply now for fall 2022

Why consider Linfield's adult degree completion pathway in education?

  • There is high demand for educators in Oregon
  • This dual-endorsement path opens up career opportunities in education with specialized knowledge for equity and inclusion
  • Scholarships are available along with a discounted tuition rate through our Online and Continuing Education (OCE) program
  • Linfield's Department of Education will cover the cost of textbooks for the first year
  • District group discounts are available

This program is designed for:

  • Those seeking an initial teaching license and/or a bachelor's degree in education
  • K-12 staff, such as paraprofessionals or instructional assistants who are interested in a teaching license and a career in special education
  • Those currently in an education program at an Oregon community college

If you currently hold a bachelor’s degree in a major outside of education or an AAOT degree with pre-education coursework at an Oregon community college, you can complete the program in two years.

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Program features

63 credits

After completing the general education and pre-education coursework at any Oregon community college, or through a previously earned bachelor’s degree, you can transfer your coursework to Linfield. You'll then complete 14 courses here plus two student-teaching positions in a classroom setting.

Flexible terms and classes

With multiple start terms throughout the year, you can attend part-time and finish in as little as two years. Classes are held in the evening on campus or they can be taken online.

Competitive tuition

$495 per credit.


Textbooks are included for the first year of the program when you enroll for fall 2022.


Estimated tuition and fees: $33,325

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Understanding the prerequisites

Meet with an admission counselor to understand what courses are required before enrolling in Linfield's adult degree pathway.

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Apply now for a fall 2022 start

Now accepting applications! Apply before August 1 and be among the first in our fall term.

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