Special Education P-12 Major


The CWU Special Education P-12 Major Program is specifically designed to prepare teachers for meeting the diverse tasks required in teaching individuals with exceptionalities.

Special Education Major 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
  • Prepares educators to work in a pre-school through post special education learning environment, which includes high-incidence, low-incedence, self-contained, resource room, or inclusive classroom
  • Practical knowledge and instruction development through 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 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

Special Education Major (P-12) Endorsement

This major satisfies the P-12 endorsement for special education. It also requires an accompanying endorsable content-area minor accepted by OSPI and the secondary education major courses.

Required Courses

  • EDSE 310 Introduction and Foundations of 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 and Strategies in Literacy and Math for Students with High-Incidence Disabilities (4 credits)
  • EDSE 426 The Child with Language Exceptionalities (3 credits)
  • EDSE 431 Program Management for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)
  • EDSE 432 Strategies Working with Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (4 credits)
  • EDSE 460 Collaboration with Parents, Paraprofessionals, and Community Agencies (4credits)
  • EDSE 495 Practicum (6-14 credits)
  • EDSE 499 Capstone (2-5 credits)
  • Total Credits 44-52

To learn more about, or to be advised in the Special Education Major Program in Ellensburg, contact:

Education Advisors

Camille Bello

Education Advisor
Black Hall 208-26
509-963-2083
camille.bello@cwu.edu

Tatiana Fox

Education Advisor
Black Hall 204-30
509-963-2082
tatiana.fox@cwu.edu

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