Teacher Education Outreach Programs

Education for Inclusive Environments, BAE (Special Education P-12 & Elementary Education K-8)

Are you passionate about creating classrooms where the full belonging of all students happens?

Do you want to be a new and highly effective teacher who is prepared to succeed academically and through an extensive residency in real-world classrooms? 

Please join our inaugural Fall 2024 Teacher Residency cohort!

We believe that inclusive education involves valuing and facilitating the full participation and belonging of all students. Our unique dual endorsement program with a year-long teaching residency provides you with the background and experiences to be an instrument of change in your chosen teaching path. Key features of our program, developed in partnership with Everett Public Schools and input from other local districts, include:

  • Focus on Equity & Inclusion – curriculum prepares future teachers to design classrooms to meet the needs of all students with an emphasis on understanding and addressing systemic inequities in education, emphasizing culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Collaborative Learning Environment – candidates are paired with experienced mentor teachers, university faculty, and peers in a year-long residency to develop their teaching practice
  • Asset-Based Emphasis – coursework integrates best practices in differentiating instruction and implementing high leverage practice with a focus on asset-based classroom design
  • Sustainable Impact - a commitment to long-term partnerships with schools and districts to create sustainable improvements in teacher recruitment, retention, and student achievement

Through extensive practical experience and support networks, graduates are prepared to succeed from the moment they step into their own classrooms.

Upon completion, candidates are eligible for Washington State residency teaching certificates in P-12 Special Education AND K-8 Elementary Education!

View the Admissions page for details on how to apply!

Program Highlights

  • 7 quarters to completion for initial licensure
  • Evening classes with day-time experiences in district classrooms
  • Opportunity for a $20,000 paid residency with Everett Public Schools
  • Small, cohort model
  • Suitable for traditional and non-traditional undergraduates and working paraeducators
  • Mentorship from application to graduation
  • Collaborative, field-based, hands-on learning environment
  • Dual endorsement in P-12 Special Education and K-8 Elementary Education

Western Washington University is committed to excellence in education, fostering a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing students to contribute positively to a changing world.

Program Locations and Contacts

Academic Program Directors | Dr. LeAnne Robinson & Jodi Mackey

Bremerton Site Staff | Michael White

Everett Site Staff | Mary Mara