Next academy starts in Fall 2018!
The yearlong Online Special Education Endorsement Academy consists of 8 courses that meet in virtual, synchronous sessions twice a week in the evenings, with additional asynchronous work required throughout the week. Brought to you by the College of Education in partnership with the Puget Sound Educational Service District, courses are taught by expert practitioners including certified current and former classroom teachers from a variety of Washington school districts. Seattle University faculty oversee the courses to ensure that the materials and teaching are current and relevant.
This unique program helps Washington state certified teachers, regardless of where they live, prepare for the required WEST-E exam, offering an affordable pathway to earning a special education endorsement. Teachers can apply their learning in the classroom immediately and adjust their techniques as the academy progresses.
Additionally, participants have the opportunity to apply these credits towards the College of Education’s Master’s degree in Special Education at the cost of just $325 per credit. Teachers interested in this opportunity will select the graduate-level credit option at the time of registration and will complete a graduate-level assignment for each course.
If admitted to the Master’s Degree in Special Education, all 24 academy credits can apply to the 48-credit program. Please visit the Special Education degree website for more information about this program and instructions for how to apply.
Two ways to earn an endorsement in Special Education
|Post-baccalaureate level Endorsement||Graduate level Endorsement|
|1. Complete the 24-credit Special Education Endorsement Academy||
1. Apply for the master's degree in Special Education at Seattle University and
|2. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in special education||2. Complete the 24-credit Special Education endorsement academy
including an additional graduate-level assignment for each class
|3. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through Seattle University||3. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in special education|
|4. Consider earning additional endorsements through Seattle University's Endorsement Academies||4. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through
Credits and costs
|Post-baccalaureate pathway||Graduate level pathway|
Per credit fee: $250
Per quarter technology fee: $90 (total of $360)
Per credit fee: $325
Per quarter technology fee: $90 (total of $360)
|Total Academy fee: $6,360||Total Academy fee: $8,160|
Materials, books, test fees, endorsement processing fees and graduate application fees are not included in the Academy fee and are the responsibility of the participant. Post-baccalaureate or graduate-level track must be indicated at the time of application and cannot be changed during the program. Graduate level students must complete the Special Education Master’s program within 6 years of the first academy course in order to apply credits to the graduate program requirements. Academy fees are non-refundable. Limited payment plans are available – inquire at the time of application.
Participants must have regular, reliable access to the Internet and a working computer that meets our minimum standards. Information on SU’s technology requirements are available from the Office of Information Technology.
Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program
The Professional Educators Standards Board of Washington State has announced the funding of retooling scholarships for the 2017-2018 year for an expanded list of high-need endorsement areas. Certified Washington teachers currently employed at Washington K-12 public schools are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 in scholarship funds.
Please visit the PESB’s website for eligibility and application information. If you decide to apply for this opportunity, please complete the SPED Retooling budget for the online academy and submit it, along with your application materials for the academy, prior to April 20th. You will need to include the budget form, signed by the SU representative, with your application to the PESB.
Please note that applications for the retooling scholarships are the responsibility of the individual. Acceptance to the Online Special Education Endorsement Academy does not guarantee participant a retooling scholarship.
- Application period begins January 15, 2018. Application deadline is June 8, 2018
- Retooling applicant deadlines are January 12, 2018 and April 27, 2018
- Review the Fall 2017 Academy Program Overview packet
- Complete the SPED 2018-2019 Registration Form and submit it, along with the $150 non-refundable program deposit*
- Submit a copy of your valid Washington State teaching certificate
- If applying for a Retooling scholarship, include the SPED Retooling budget
- Submit registration form, payment, certificate and retooling budget (if applicable) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to (206) 220-8235 or by mail to:
Professional and Continuing Education
Seattle University – College of Education
901 12th Ave, PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122
*A non-refundable $150 program deposit is due at the time of application. Deposit will only be processed if applicant is admitted to the program. Limited payment plans are available. Please indicate interest in a payment plan on the academy registration form. If you are applying for a retooling scholarship, payment guidelines above still apply – for questions please contact us at (206) 296-2147.
For additional information, please e-mail email@example.com or call (206) 296-2147.