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Special Education Endorsement Academy - Online

Next academy starts in Fall 2017! 

Applications now being accepted.  Apply by August 11, 2017.

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 $300 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 – a savings of $319 per credit on 24 credits!  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 Endorsement  

Graduate-level Endorsement  

1. Complete the 24-credit Special Education Endorsement Academy

1. Complete the 24-credit Special Education endorsement academy including an additional graduate-level assignment for each class

2. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in special education 

2. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in special education 

3. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through Seattle University

3. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through Seattle University

4. Consider earning additional endorsements through Seattle University's Endorsement Academies

4. Apply for the master's degree in Special Education at Seattle University and, if admitted apply all 24 academy credits to the 48-credit program (a $319 per-credit savings on 24 credits) 

Credits and costs

Post-baccalaureate Endorsement  

Graduate-level Endorsement  

Per credit fee: $225

Per quarter technology fee: $90 (total of $360)

Per credit fee: $300

Per quarter technology fee: $90 (total of $360)

Total Academy fee: $5,760

Total Academy fee: $7,560

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 2016-2017 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, no later than April 13, 2017.  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 Procedures

  • Application period begins March 13, 2017.  Application deadline is August 11, 2017
  • Retooling applicant deadline is April 13, 2017
  • Review the Fall 2017 Academy Program Overview packet
  • Complete the 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, by fax to (206) 220-8235 or by mail to:

                  Annique Atwater - Online Special Education Academy

                  Seattle University – College of Education

                  901 12th Ave, PO Box 222000

                  Seattle, WA 98122

*A non-refundable program deposit of $150 is due at the time of application, if submitted before July 21, 2017.  Deposit will only be processed if applicant is admitted to the program.  Applications received after July 21, 2017 must include the full academy program fee.  For applicants admistted before July 21, 2017, the academy fee balance is due by August 11, 2017.  Limited payment plans are available.  Please indicate interest in payment plan on the academy registration form.  If you are applying for a retooling scholarship, payment guidelines above still apply - for questions please contact the Program Coordinator at (206)296-5777.

More Information

For additional information, please e-mail or call (206) 296-5777.  



Questions about the Online Special Education Endorsement Academy?

Online information sessions are held throughout the year.  Please check back for our next scheduled session.

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