There are two definitions of special education. One is the education of students with disabilities. The other is the application of exceptional teaching. Western Washington University believes strongly in the second definition. The programs in Special Education are designed to prepare thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective special education teachers for a diverse society.
“The academic challenges I faced in middle school created my passion for working with students who experience learning difficulties. I believe all students should receive the support they need to thrive as learners.”
Western’s Special Education program is consistent with state and national standards for what special education teachers should know and be able to do. The curriculum is a carefully sequenced academic and professional program that is grounded in current research on effective teaching and learning. The sequence includes a significant amount of training in best practices with an emphasis on Curriculum-Based Evaluation (CBE) and Response to Intervention (RtI).
Upon completion of the program, successful candidates will be recommended to the Superintendent of Public Instruction to receive a certificate to teach in their endorsement area(s).