Inclusive Education Teacher Scholars

Now receiving inquiries for Summer 2021! Read more below.


The Woodring Inclusive Education Teacher Scholars Program is a Route 1 Alternative Route cohort-based teacher training program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a Washington State Residency Certificate with dual endorsements in Special Education (P-12) and Elementary Education.


Program is for Kent School District and Highline Public Schools employees. Available to current employees and new applicants. To be considered, candidates must meet the following:

  • A Direct Transfer Agreement Associate Degree (DTA-AA) from a Washington State community college, bachelor’s degree, or satisfaction of Western Washington University’s General University Requirements (GURs)
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ graded credits)
  • Meet the West-B/Basic Skills requirement
  • Meet the English composition course requirement with a minimum grade of B-
  • Meet the math prerequisite with a minimum grade of C

For more information on WWU admission requirements, contact


Teacher scholars work in schools throughout Highline and Kent School Districts in the greater Seattle area. Content is delivered in-person and online through a hybrid educational model. In-person class meetings will be held in Highline. Courses are offered during weekday evenings and on Saturdays during academic quarters.


The program is 8 quarters across two years (Summer 2020 – Summer 2022). Courses began June 2020 and graduation will occur June 2022. The program is currently receiving inquiries for Summer 2022.


Western Washington University’s Special Education Dual Endorsement Program received national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) for offering excellent teacher training and high-quality course design. The structure for the WIETS program is designed specifically to meet the diverse needs of teacher candidates balancing professional training and life’s other responsibilities (e.g., family and work).


Teacher Scholars work in employee roles, maintaining regular salary and benefits. Through their work as employees, they practice and deepen their study with Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education.

How much?

There are grant scholarship seats available as well as non-scholarship seats. The estimated total cost with the grant scholarship for the 2-year program is $9,987. The estimated total cost without grant scholarship for the 2-year program is $24,308.

Faculty & Staff Contacts

Aharon (Aaron) Perzigian, Ph.D.

Director Inclusive Education Teacher Scholars, Associate Professor

(360) 650-4349 | MH 203A

Miranda Myers Barker

Program Coordinator

(360) 650-6292 | MH 203C