Special Education

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

NON-TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTIONS

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

  • Early Childhood Special Education & Early Childhood Education. Completion 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 the list of options.

  • 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 the list of options. 

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

Program Information

Application Due Dates

  • Fall Admission = April 1 for:

    • All program options

  • Winter Admission = October 1 for:

    • Special Education BAE (non-certification program)

    • Special Education & Elementary Education

    • Special Education & Content Endorsement

    • Special Education & Content Endorsement for post-baccalaureates

  • Spring Admission = January 15 for:

    • Special Education BAE (non-certification program)

    • Special Education & Elementary Education

    • Special Education & Content Endorsement

    • Special Education & Content Endorsement for post-baccalaureates

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!

Prepare to Apply - Non-Certification Programs

Make sure you meet ALL application criteria. Your application will not be reviewed if you do not meet the following criteria:

  • Meet minimum GPA of 2.75. You must have a 2.75 GPA for either: a) all college coursework, or b) last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate your GPA in advance of applying.

  • Complete a minimum of 45 graded credits by the time you apply (no S/U grades). This may include AP or IB credits. GPA is calculated based on credits and grade points; AP or IB credit counts toward the 45 required credits, but not GPA. Scores must meet the following criteria:

    • AP credits: We accept exams with a minimum score of 4. We do not accept any AP science.

    • IB credits: We accept exams with a minimum score of 5. We do not accept any IB science.

  • Complete an English composition course with a minimum grade of B-. Courses that meet this requirement include:

    • English 101, 202, or 203, Communication 101, Journalism 207 and other English composition courses on transcript.

    • AP English Literature or Language; minimum score of 4.

    • International Baccalaureate; minimum score of 4.

    • SAT Writing; minimum score of 710.

  • WWU course Math 112 is not an application requirement, but is a required prerequisite for the program course Math 381. We advise that you take this course in advance of applying.

    • Minimum grade of C

    • May test out of this requirement

    • Course more than 5 years old will not be honored

    • For non-WWU students this is Intermediate Algebra with a minimum grade of C

  • Open, print, and complete the Special Education Application. You are responsible for following the directions for word processing the essay response. The rest of the application is hand written. There is no fee to apply to the program.

  • Enclose copies of all UNOFFICIAL college transcripts including all community college transcripts. IF you have AP or IB credit, you must submit the WWU Transfer Equivalency Report with the application.

  • Submit complete application to:

Teacher Education Admissions
Woodring College of Education, Miller Hall 150
516 High St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-9090
Email: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3313
Fax: (360) 650-6583

Prepare to Apply - Certification Programs

Make sure you meet ALL application criteria. Your application will not be reviewed if you do not meet the following criteria.

CLICK here to print a checklist of steps to help you prepare to apply.

  • Meet minimum GPA of 2.75. You must have a 2.75 GPA for either: a) all college coursework, or b) last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate your GPA in advance of applying.

  • Complete a minimum of 45 graded credits by the time you apply (no S/U grades). This may include AP or IB credits. GPA is calculated based on credits and grade points; AP or IB credit counts toward the 45 required credits, but not GPA. Scores must meet the following criteria.

    • AP credits: We accept exams with a minimum score of 4. We do not accept any AP science.

    • IB credits: We accept exams with a minimum score of 5. We do not accept any IB science.

  • Take program recommended GURs (unless not attending WWU)

  • Meet the West-B basic skills requirement. This may be met by: a) Taking the West-B exam, b) SAT minimum scores, c) ACT minimum scores. See West-B for details. Passing scores must be on file in order to complete the review of an application.

  • Complete an English composition course with a minimum grade of B-. Courses that meet this requirement include:

    • English 101, 202, or 203, Communication 101, Journalism 207 and other English composition courses on transcript.

    • AP English Literature or Language; minimum score of 4.

    • International Baccalaureate; minimum score of 4.

    • SAT Writing; minimum score of 710.

      • Skagit and Whatcom CC students should try to take the SCED 201, 202, and 203 equivalents offered at their CC. SCED 201 or equivalent is a prerequisite for program coursework. Students are advised to complete this course prior to applying.

      • Post-Baccalaureate students are not required to re-take GURs, but if admitted, may be required to take a prerequisite course(s).

  • Applicants are HIGHLY advised to take program course prerequisites PRIOR to applying (not required, but highly advised). Those include:

    • LING 201

      • minimum grade of C; this is a GUR

    • SCED 201; this is a GUR

      • minimum grade of C

      • not required for Special Education & Content Endorsement Program

      • Whatcom CC students should take PHYSC 104 (SCED 201 equivalent)

      • Skagit CC students should take PHYS 111 (SCED 201 equivalent)

    • MATH 112; this is a GUR

      • Minimum grade of C

      • May test out of this requirement

      • Course more than 5 years old will not be honored

      • For non-WWU students this is Intermediate Algebra with a minimum grade of C

  • Open, print, and complete the Special Education Application. Remember that there are four program options (see above). You are responsible for following the directions for word processing the essay response. The rest of the application is hand written. There is no fee to apply to the program.

  • Enclose copies of all UNOFFICIAL college transcripts including all community college transcripts. IF you have AP or IB credit, you must submit the WWU Transfer Equivalency Report with the application.

  • Non-WWU students must also apply to WWU - WWU fall application due date is March 1!

  • Submit complete application to:

Teacher Education Admissions
Woodring College of Education, Miller Hall 150
516 High St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-9090
Email: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3313
Fax: (360) 650-6583

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.