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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 with low-incidence disabilities and self-contained classrooms 

  • Practical knowledge and instruction 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 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 minor.

Required Courses
EDSE 310 Introduction to Special Education4
EDSE 410 Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities5
EDSE 411 Assessment of Students with Disabilities5

EDSE 422 Teaching Strategies, Curriculum, and Materials for Students with Disabilities5

EDSE 423 Instructional Practices and Strategies in Literacy and Math for Students with High-Incidence Disabilities5
EDSE 431 Program Management for Students with Disabilities4

EDSE 432 Strategies Working with Students with Low Incidence Disabilities


EDSE 433 Pre-School for Students with Developmental Delay

EDSE 460 Collaboration with Parents, Paraprofessionals, and Community Agencies4
EDSE 495 Practicum8-16
EDSE 426 The Child with Language Disabilities3
Total Credits


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

Ms.Tracy Wise
400 E. University Way
Black Hall 204-30
Ellensburg, WA 98926


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