Special Education

The Special Education Department offers teacher certification and non-certification program options. With exemplary faculty, small class sizes, and extensive field experiences, candidates complete their program as thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective professionals. Graduates from the Special Education Department are some of the most well-respected teachers in the State of Washington. The unique program offerings provide applicants with multiple professional pathways. Options reflect:

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Non-Certification BAE Options

This program focuses on work with children fro birth through eight years who have been identified as at-risk for development delay and disability. The major combines studies in Early Childhood and Special Education. Students in this major typically seek employment in child development centers and governmental agencies; they do not qualify for a teaching certificate.

This program focuses on working with persons with disabilities in a variety of venues other than schools. Program coursework focuses on providing graduates with a solid background in a variety of topics central to the provision of supports for individuals with disabilities. Students who complete this major typically seek employment in non-school settings, such as health and human services and non-profit organizations; they do not quality for a teaching certificate.

 

Teacher Certification Options

This program is designed to prepare graduates to work with children from birth through eight years who have been identified as at-risk for developmental delay and disability. The major combines studies in Early Childhood and Special Education and upon successful completion, leads to a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education P-3. Students may choose to complete additional coursework for the Early Childhood Education P-3 endorsement or P-12 Special Education endorsement.

​This program is designed to prepare graduates to teach in both special education settings and elementary classrooms. Coursework will advance graduate knowledge in knowing how students learn, how to deliver effective instruction, core content, and social, legal, and political contexts. Successful completion leads to a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Special Education P-12 and Elementary Education K-8.

This program is designed to prepare graduates to teach in special education settings that include core content requirements, particularly at middle and high school. Coursework will advance graduate knowledge in knowing how students learn, how to deliver effective instruction, core content, and social, legal, and political contexts. Successful completion leads to a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Special Education P-12 and an additional content areas endorsement.

 

Teacher Education Admission Contact Information

  • 360.650.3310, phone

  • 360.650.6583, fax

  • TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu

  • Miller Hall 150

  • Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA   98225-9090