All students take a core set of courses in special education designed to give an overview of the field, types of disabilities, effective interventions, and current issues. Since reading difficulties are frequent among students in special education, students complete a series of coursework designed to give a strong foundation in literacy development and effective reading instruction.
Additionally, extensive coursework in behavioral disorders and intervention give a strong foundation in how to effectively work with students with behavioral difficulties. Throughout the program, much discussion is devoted to understanding how to provide appropriate services with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
We have flexible program options to meet a range of professional goals.
The MEd program in Special Education is designed for experienced, certificated teachers who take one or two courses a quarter during the academic year and one or two courses during the summer. Students take a planned sequence of coursework in special education. The program culminates in the practicum (SPED 549) working with K-12 students with special needs. Completion of the master's degree leads to the Washington state endorsement in special education.
The Educational Specialist in Special Education is designed for teachers who already hold a master's degree, but who want to earn the endorsement in special education.
The Endorsement Only Program in Special Education is designed for teachers who want to earn the endorsement in special education with or without the master's degree. Choose whether to earn graduate credit and whether to follow an online program or a hybrid program with a choice of online or in-person classes.