This dual endorsement program prepares aspiring teachers to work with children from birth through eight years who have been identified as at-risk for developmental delay and disability and other students who can benefit from such high quality instruction. Special Educators gain extensive knowledge in four areas: how students learn, how to provide effective instruction, knowledge of curriculum content, and the context - social, legal, and political - in which they will work. This rigorous program includes coursework and extensive supervised practicum experiences in the public schools.
The major combines studies in Early Childhood and Special Education and leads to recommendation for a Washington State teaching certificate with endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education, Preschool through Grade 3 (P-3). Students may choose to complete additional coursework required to add the P-12 Special Education endorsement or the Early Childhood Education (P-3) endorsement.