Special Education

About the Special Education Program

The Special Education Program at CWU aims to create a generation of educators to reshape the world one learner at a time. In our classes, you'll learn about the intricacies of diverse learning needs and craft inclusive environments where every student feels seen, heard, and valued. We integrate authentic materials, technology, and a strong emphasis on individualized instruction, so you have a foundation to excel as a special education educator. Welcome to your future in special education—the world awaits your unique spark.

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Why Study Special Education at CWU?

At CWU, we are committed to providing you with practical experiences that extend beyond theory.

Our classes include practicums where you'll apply your skills and knowledge in actual classrooms. The School of Education at CWU has a rich history of producing educators who consistently demonstrate academic excellence and innovative teaching practices. Graduates from the School of Education make a significant impact in Washington state and continue to be a driving force in the future of education.

“The Central program allowed me to develop a broad range of different skills because it was so diverse.” — Camille Jones, receiving the 2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year Award, graduated from CWU with a BA in Elementary Education in 2010.

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How much does this program cost?  

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How do I get started?

Whether you’ve always wanted to be a teacher or recently discovered your interest in education, our programs are designed to foster your growth and establish a solid professional foundation.

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Careers and Opportunities

A degree in Special Education opens rewarding career opportunities, with high demand for educators in this field both locally and internationally. Graduates can pursue positions as special education teachers, behavior interventionists, inclusion specialists, or advocates for individuals with exceptionalities.

The employment of special education teachers in the state is projected to remain steady in the coming years, with a continued need for qualified educators to support students with disabilities. Nationally, the average annual salary for Special Education teachers is $70,110, but if you work in Washington state, the average significantly increases.


A Rich History of Developing Teachers

CWU’s School of Education is one of the oldest in the state of Washington, having been founded in 1891. Offering teacher education programs at Central’s Ellensburg, Yakima, Wenatchee, Pierce, and Des Moines campuses, CWU prepares teachers in more than thirty content areas, from preschool to high school.

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