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New Students

Welcome to Special Education!

If you have recently been accepted into a special education program, you must attend to a few details:


New Student Orientation occurs each quarter the day BEFORE classes begin and attendance is mandatory! Attending all three sessions is a program requirement, please plan accordingly. Failure to attend will jeopardize your program status. 

At the departmental orientation, faculty and staff will provide you with an overview of the program and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The Special Education Handbook was emailed to you with your offer of admission. Please read it over before orientation. It is also linked on the sidebar of the Special Education Page. 

Exact dates, times, and location each quarter are emailed to you in your Woodring Admission Letter. Below is a sample of the schedule for planning purposes.

  • Woodring Teacher Education New Student Orientation
    • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Special Education Department Orientation
    • 11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Service Learning Orientation
    • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Here are some important responsibilities. Please note that some are links to information on other Woodring’s websites.

  1. Join the SPED list serve.
    1. You may not be able to use your cellphone to join, if you get an error message try again from a computer.
    2. You must join using your WWU email account.
    3. Send an email to:
    4. Do not include a subject in the subject line.
    5. In the message area, write the words:
        subscribe sped Firstname  Lastname
        (Here is an example:  subscribe sped Debbie Gramm)
    6. Then, click send.
  2. Responsibilities for Newly Admitted Students

  3. Fingerprinting & Pre-Residency Certificate (PRC) 

  4. Registration:  Special Education controls registration through the use of overrides.  You cannot register for a SPED class in your major without an override.  Overrides are input based on your Plan of Study.  If you are in a major leading to Teacher Certification overrides will only be given when Clearance (fingerprinting and the PRC) is valid and will remain valid throughout the quarter of registration.  You will receive notifications before registration regarding you Plan of Study and clearance status. Please pay close attention to emails with Official Notice in the subject line.   General Registration Information

  5. Previous Quarter's Orientation Slideshow, for your reference

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Susan Cahill or call 360-650-3981