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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

High Incidence, Inclusion Special Education Endorsement Minor Program

The High Incidence, Inclusion Special Education (HII SPED) minor program prepares K-12 general educators to include learners with high-incidence (more common) exceptionalities into their general education classes. Teacher candidates who enroll in this program will teach a core content area, such as elementary education, early childhood education, math, science, English language arts or social studies/history, and know how to best engage and support learners with high-incidence exceptionalities in their classes. 

The High-Incidence Inclusion Special Education minor leads to an add-on endorsement in Special Education K-12.

Program Highlights

  • Find a full-time teaching position in any district in Washington, because Special Education is the area of greatest demand for educators in Washington State, the US and abroad
  • Eligible for Special Education certificate/ initial license in Washington State
  • Confidence to work with learners with exceptionalities in a productive and effective manner
  • Preparation to identify and support learners with high-incidence (common) exceptionalities into your general education classroom
  • Practical knowledge and instructional development though interactive and hands-on learning and field experiences
  • Thorough preparation for beginning educators to work well with behavior management, team collaboration, teaching to individual strengths and needs, and contributing to Individual Education Plans
  • Knowledgeable and experienced faculty who focus on engagement, quality learning and positive learning environments
  • Integration of authentic materials, field experiences and technology into every course
  • Classes are in-person in Ellensburg or online & distance ed in our CWU Centers

Program Coursework

  • EDSE 310 Introduction to Special Education (4 credits)
  • EDSE 410 Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)
  • EDSE 411 Assessment of Students with Disabilities (4 credits)
  • EDSE 422 Teaching Strategies, Curriculum, and Materials for Students with Disabilities (5 credits)
  • EDSE 423 Instructional Practices & Strategies in Literacy & Math for Students with High Incidence Disabilities (4 credits)
  • EDSE 431 Individualized Educational Program for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)
  • EDSE 460 Collaboration with Parents, Paraprofessionals, and Community Agencies (4 credits)

Total credits: 29

Course Sequence 

Course* Quarter & Year Offered*
EDSE 310 (4 crs) Fall quarter, year 1
EDSE 410 (4 crs) Winter quarter, year 1
EDSE 411 (4 crs) Spring quarter, year 1
EDSE 460 (4 crs) Spring quarter, year 1
EDSE 422 (5 crs) Fall quarter, year 2

EDSE 423 (4 crs) &
EDSE 431 (4 crs)

Winter quarter, year 2


*Course offerings may vary. Please check with your advisor.


Program Requirements

To be enrolled in the HII SPED Endorsable Minor Program, you will need to do the following:

  • Meet with an advisor (see contact information below)
  • Enroll in a major program that results in an endorsement, such as Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, or Secondary Education (English, History, Math, Science, Music, etc.)
  • Become admitted to Teacher Certification
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 credits
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required major and minor courses

Advising and Admissions

Visit with a pre-program advisor in Ellensburg or at the center location nearest you.

Ellensburg Ellensburg Des Moines Pierce Wenatchee Yakima
Mrs.Camille Bello
Black Hall 208-26
Mr.Taylor Mather
Black Hall 208-30
Ms. Amy Meyers
Ms. Amy Meyers
Ms. Monica Medrano Ms. Melanie Palm



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Course Equivalencies


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