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Special Education - P-12 (plus Content Endorsement), B.A.E.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

They need to know about students and how they learn; they need to know about effective instruction; they need to know about the content of the lessons they will teach; and, they need to know about the context (social, legal, and political) in which they will work. Therefore, training to become a Special Educator will include work in each of these areas.

The Special Education - P-12 (plus Content Endorsement) program offered by Western Washington University includes coursework and extensive supervised practicum experiences in the public schools. The program is rigorous and the expectations are high. However, the rewards are also high. This program will prepare you to be an excellent teacher in whatever position you eventually choose. Our graduates are actively recruited by school districts to work in a variety of rewarding special education settings.

Effective September 1, teacher candidates who are earning an endorsement in Special Education are required by Washington State to earn a second endorsement in an area other than Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Bilingual Education, or English Language Learner.

Students seeking a bachelor's degree with recommendation for a Washington State teacher certificate and an endorsement in Special Education must complete the Special Education (P-12) major, the Professional Studies Core, the internship, and a content area endorsement under advisement.

Graduates may not provide direct instruction in core academic subjects for which they do not hold a content endorsement unless they provide evidence of meeting federal Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements to teach that subject. They may, however, serve as a consultant to the teacher of record.

Why Consider a Special Education P-12 Plus Content Endorsement Major?

There are two definitions of Special Education. One is the education of students with disabilities. The other is the application of exceptional teaching. We in the Special Education Program at Western Washington University believe very strongly in the second definition.

We think that it is our mission to prepare exceptional teachers and, while students who have disabilities often require the services of such teachers, we also believe that there are many other students who can benefit from high quality instruction.

We also think that there is much satisfaction to be gained from the acquisition of the highest levels of teaching skill and that the teachers trained in our program benefit professionally and personally from the acquisition of these skills.

That is why the word "Special" in our title is a source of pride to us and to our graduates.

Sample Careers
  • Special Education Resource Room Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Consultant
  • Inclusive Classroom Teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    109 credits (plus 20-98 credits depending on content endorsement) alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Interventions for Classroom Management
  • Disability Law and IEP
  • Norm Referenced Assessment
  • Curriculum-Based Evaluation
  • Effective Collaboration with Families, Professionals and Community
  • Interventions for Learning Problems
  • Behavior Assessment and Intervention
  • Students With Complex Needs

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

National students

  • The Freshman Application for Admission and Scholarships, including essay and activities list
  • $60 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver may be available)
  • Unofficial high school transcript or GED submitted electronically or by mail
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent from the testing agency or your high school

International students

  • The International Student Application for Admission submitted by the application deadline
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Official academic credentials
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21801 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21801 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6387 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6387 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 10-18 credits per quarter

Living costs for Bellingham

  • 1109 - 1690 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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