Exceptionality and Disability

We are passionate advocates for creating a more equitable world for those individuals who often see unfair roadblocks to inclusion in society. 

Community-Based Education

The Exceptionality and Disability Major is looking for motivated and self-driven students who are interested in working with individuals (e.g., children, youth, and adults) with disabilities outside of traditional school settings. We support local organizations, and community settings by having our students experience working with individuals in diverse settings. In this program, you will go out in the community and do the work, not just sit in a classroom and hear about it

Our community placements settings include:

  • adaptive aquatics;
  • community recreation;
  • animals for therapy;
  • applied behavior analysis clinics;
  • legal offices;
  • transition services;
  • housing and employment support;
  • and more.

At the end of your program, our graduates seek employment with local or state agencies, nonprofits, clinics, and many other settings. You will be uniquely prepared with an understanding of how community services and schools intersect. You will be prepared to work with individuals with disabilities and their families across a wide range of settings, not limited to schools. This program will also prepare you to provide direct services, such as supported employment and other related vocational endeavors.

Students in this program create their own concentration of elective coursework; suited for the goals you have upon leaving college. You can access the university catalog through the button below. The catalog will give you more information about the program and the requirements.

Exceptionality and Disability Minor

Students who complete this minor typically seek employment in health and human services, behavioral clinics, government agencies, school support staff, and non-profit organizations. Courses in this minor prepare students to support individuals with disabilities and other exceptionalities across a variety of settings. 

Many professionals work with persons with exceptionalities and/or disabilities in a variety of venues other than as teachers and do not require the same pedagogical knowledge base that is expected of special education teachers. However, to effectively advocate for and work with individuals with disabilities, it is imperative that professionals have a solid background in a variety of topics central to the provision of supporting individuals with disabilities. We, in the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership, believe that professionals should support individuals with disabilities in accessing inclusive community opportunities that are available to persons without disabilities. A minor in Exceptionality and Disability provides foundational knowledge to professionals who interface across a variety of settings, including school, home, agencies, and community. Students in this minor receive instruction in behavior management, social justice in disability, supporting individuals with complex needs, and gain real world experience through service in the community. 

You can access the university catalog through the button below. The catalog will give you more information about the program and the requirements.

Program Information and Requirements from Catalog

If you are interested in applying to this program, a minor declaration card, advising, and plan of study can be obtained from Program Director Jeffery Hart.

Dr. Hart, program director

Contact Us

360-650-3330

Miller Hall 202A

Jeffery.Hart@wwu.edu

Dr. Jeffrey Hart
Program Director