Early Childhood Special Education P-3

Early Childhood Special Education P-3


The Early Childhood Special Education program prepares students to work with children from birth through eight years who have been identified as at-risk for developmental delay and disability. The major combines studies in Early Childhood and Special Education. The mission of the Special Education Program is to prepare exceptional teachers, and while students who have disabilities often require the services of such teachers, the Department believes that there are many other students who can benefit from high quality instruction.

Completion of this program results in a BA in Education only. This major does not qualify students for a teaching certificate. Graduates typically seek employment in private child development centers, government agencies, or in school district positions that do not require certification.

Western’s Special Education Department is part of the Woodring College of Education.

Beyond the Classroom

The College of Education values field experiences beyond the Western classroom.


The Office of Field Experiences coordinates school-based student teaching internships for all teacher education candidates.

Compass 2 Campus

The State of Washington mentoring initiative at Western is designed to increase opportunities in higher education by providing mentoring for 5th – 12th grade students from traditionally underrepresented and diverse backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Visit the Compass 2 Campus page for learn more about the program.

Reading Tutor

Woodring employs Western student to work as reading tutors in local elementary schools. Tutors read aloud to students, help students with their reading, and engage them in other activities that increase reading proficiencies. Reading tutors act as role models for the students they work with. Visit the Reading Tutors page to learn more about the program.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Our graduates are actively recruited by school districts to work in a variety of rewarding special education settings.

Talk to (or become) a Peer Mentor at Woodring. Peer Mentors answer questions about Woodring and the application process with prospective students, help mentees explore the teaching and human services professions, connect mentees with professors, volunteer opportunities, and resources on campus, and invite mentees to fun and informational Woodring events. Students interested in talking to or becoming a Peer Mentor should Contact a Mentor.


Sample Jobs

  • Private Child Development Centers
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Working with Children in Non-School Settings

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.