Special Education

Graduates from the Special Education Department are some of the most well-respected teachers in the State of Washington. With multiple program options, exemplary faculty, small class sizes, and extensive field experiences, candidates complete their program as thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective professionals.

NON-TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTIONS

Prepare to Apply

The below programs do not lead to teacher certification. Graduates typically seek employment in private child development centers, government agencies, or in school district positions that do not require certification.

  • Early Childhood Special Education BAE. Completion of this program results in a BA in Education only, no teacher certification.

  •  Special Education BAE. Completion of this program results in a BA in Education only, no teacher certification.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTIONS

Prepare to Apply

  • Early Childhood Special Education & Early Childhood EducationCompletion of this program results in:

    • BA in Education

    • Teacher certification with endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education P-3 and Early Childhood Education P-3

  • Special Education & Elementary Education. Completion of this program results in:

    • BA in Education

    • Teacher certification with endorsements in Special Education P-12 and Elementary Education K-8

  • Special Education & Content Endorsement. Completion of this program results in:

    • BA in Education

    • Teacher certification with endorsements in Special Education P-12 and a content endorsement (students must earn a second endorsement in an area other than Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Bilingual Education, or English Language Learner). View content endorsement guide.

  • Special Education & Content Endorsement for post-baccalaureates. Completion of this program results in:

    • Teacher certification with an endorsement in Special Education P-12 and a content endorsement (students must earn a second endorsement in an area other than Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Bilingual Education, or English Language Learner). View content endorsement guide.

    • Applicants should contact our office for early advisement for this program

Program Information

Application Due Dates

  • Fall Admission = April 1

  • Winter Admission = October 1

  • Spring Admission = January 15

 

Note: If the above dates fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or WWU holiday, you may submit the application on the next business day. It will not be considered late.

If you are a transfer or post-baccalaureate student also applying to WWU, their application due date is March 1!

Seek early advising via email, phone, or make an appointment

  • TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
  • 360.650.3310
  • Miller Hall 150

Application Review and Decisions

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and submit a completed application will have that application reviewed by the Special Education faculty after the due date.

  • Enrollment restrictions apply for each quarter. Applications are evaluated to determine the most qualified applicant.

  • The application process takes approximately 4 weeks to complete. Students will then be notified by letter and email.