Special Education—P-12 plus Content Endorsement

Special Educators need to have extensive knowledge in four areas: they need to know about students and how they learn; they need to know about effective instruction; they need to know about the content of the lessons they will teach; and, they need to know about the context (social, legal, and political) in which they will work. Therefore, training to become a Special Educator will include work in each of these areas. 

Students seeking a bachelor's degree with recommendation for a Washington State teacher certificate and an endorsement in Special Education must complete the Special Education (P-12) major, the Professional Studies Core, the internship, and a content area endorsement under advisement. 

The Special Education Department is part of Woodring College of Education

Beyond the Classroom

Students in this program have the opportunity to engage in supervised practicum experiences within the local school districts. 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Graduates from Western’s Special Education teaching program are actively recruited by school districts to teach in both elementary classrooms and special education settings.

Sample Careers

  • Special Education Resource Room Teacher 
  • Special Education Teacher 
  • Consultant 
  • Inclusive Classroom Teacher

Department of Special Education and Education Leadership

Special Education—P-12 plus Content Endorsement, BAE

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