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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

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.

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)

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
EDSE 410 Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities 4
EDSE 411 Assessment of Students with Disabilities 4

EDSE 422 Teaching Strategies, Curriculum, and Materials for Students with Disabilities

EDSE 423 Instructional Practices and Strategies in Literacy and Math for Students with High-Incidence Disabilities 4
EDSE 426 The Child with Language Exceptionalities 3
EDSE 431 Program Management for Students with Disabilities 4

EDSE 432 Strategies Working with Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

EDSE 460 Collaboration with Parents, Paraprofessionals, and Community Agencies 4
EDSE 495 Practicum 6-14
EDSE 499 Capstone 2-5
Total Credits


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

Education Advisors

Mrs.Camille Bello
Black Hall 208-26
Mr.Taylor Mather
Black Hall 208-30



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