Teacher Education Outreach Programs
Special Education Endorsement Program
for Certified Teachers
This 45-credit Western Washington University program leads to an additional endorsement in Special Education (P-12) based on Washington State Special Education P-12 Endorsement Competencies. It is open to teachers who hold a valid and endorsable Washington State teacher's certificate, and is delivered at locations in Bellingham, Bremerton, Everett, and Seattle. The program provides coherent preparation in all areas of the Special Education curriculum as well as an optional internship experience. Successful completion of the entire program results in Western’s recommendation for the P-12 Special Education Endorsement.
Admission & Retention
Admission to the Woodring College of Education, Special Education Endorsement Program, is required before a student may begin taking courses in this program, unless prior arrangements have been made. Requirements include:
- Washington State Teaching Certificate
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits.
- Pre-admission interview.
Retention in the program requires continuous demonstration of competence in standard oral and written English in all course work. Retention also requires maintenance of a 2.75 quarterly GPA for each quarter after admission to the Woodring College. The State of Washington requires students to earn a "C" or better in all endorsement courses and WWU extends this requirement to all professional education courses.
Please note that special education coursework older than six years will most
likely need to be repeated.
- Complete the Special Education Additional Endorsement Application, and Student Conduct Requirements and Agreement available online and mail to:
Teacher Education Outreach Programs, Attn: Joanna Reynoso
Woodring College of Education
516 High Street, MS 9051
Bellingham, WA 98225-9051
**Students wishing to apply for matriculation for financial aid purposes must submit an Extension Undergraduate Application and a $55 application fee to the Office of Admissions, with official transcripts (contact the Program Coordinator for details).
Priority Application Deadlines
|Fall Quarter Admission:||April 10|
|Winter Quarter Admission:||October 15|
|Spring Quarter Admission:||January 15|
|Summer Quarter Admission:||No Summer Admissions|
|Bremerton, Everett, and Seattle|
|Fall Quarter Admission Only:||April 10|
Upon completion of 24 credits of designated course work, students can apply to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a pre-endorsement waiver. Refer to Special Education Endorsement Program for courses that must be completed as part of the 24-credit requirement for the pre-endorsement waiver. This waiver allows students to be employed by a requesting school district as special education teachers for up to five years while completing the remainder of their endorsement program.
With permission, on a space-available basis, students may register for classes at any site offering Special Education classes.
Registration Route - Bellingham -- Once admitted into the program, students taking classes in Bellingham register either via a special student enrollment form on a space available basis or WWU matriculated students register online via Web4U. Please contact the Program Coordinator for updated information and override permission.
Registration Route - Outreach Sites -- Endorsement only students registering for a class at outreach sites do so via a registration form provided to them by the Program Coordinator. If the student is continuing from one quarter to the next, without break, they can register online via Web4U if in matriculated status. If you are taking classes as a non-matriculated student, you will need to get the form from the Program Coordinator.
Washington State requires teacher candidates and teachers adding an endorsement to pass a subject knowledge assessment for each chosen endorsement. This assessment is entitled the Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsements (WEST E). Passing the WEST-E will not qualify for waiver of an endorsement program requirement. For more information and test dates, go to West-E.
|Program Advisor: Dr. Laurence Antil||Program Coordinator: Joanna Reynoso|
|Western Washington University, Miller Hall 256B||Western Washington University, Miller Hall 254G|
|Phone: 360-650-7505||Phone: 360-650-6292|
|Email Dr. Laurence Antil||Email Joanna Reynoso|