Department of Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching, Woodring College of Education
Inclusive 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 an Inclusive Educator will include work in each of these areas. The program includes coursework and extensive supervised practicum experiences in the public schools. The program is rigorous and the expectations are high. However, the rewards are also high. This program will prepare you to be an excellent teacher in whatever position you eventually choose. Our graduates are actively recruited by school districts to work in a variety of rewarding education settings.
This plan of study is designed to prepare personnel to work with children from birth through eight years who have been identified as at-risk for developmental delay or disability and with their families. The major combines studies in Early Childhood and Special Education and leads to recommendation for a Washington State teaching certificate with endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education and an Early Childhood Education (P-3) endorsement.
Why Consider a Dual Endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education P-3 and Early Childhood Education P-3 Major?
There are two definitions of Special Education. One is the education of students with disabilities. The other is the application of exceptional teaching. We in the Department of Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching at Western Washington University believe very strongly in the second definition. We think that it is our mission to prepare exceptional teachers and, while students who have disabilities often require the services of such teachers, we also believe that there are many other students who can benefit from high quality instruction. We also think that there is much satisfaction to be gained from the acquisition of the highest levels of teaching skill and that the teachers trained in our program benefit professionally and personally from the acquisition of these skills.
Special Education Pre-School Teacher | Early Interventionist | Inclusive Classroom Teacher | Family Resource Coordinator | Behavior Interventions Specialist
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process)
Admission to Western Washington University and admission to the Department of Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching are required before a student may begin taking courses in education. Requirements include:
- completion of a minimum of 45 credits (see list of recommended GUR courses).
- cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher for the last 45 credits.
- completion of an English composition course, with grade of B- or higher.
- Meet the basic skills requirement. This may be met by a) Taking the West-B exam, b) SAT scores, c) ACT scores. There is no minimum score requirement for admission. See the Woodring admissions website: wce.wwu.edu/admissions/basic-skills.
Enrollment restrictions apply in all teacher education programs. Meeting the above criteria makes the applicant eligible for admission but does not guarantee admission. Students who meet all criteria are further evaluated by the department to determine the most qualified applicants. For more information on the application process, contact Teacher Education Admissions in Miller Hall 254F, call 360-650-6161, or visit the website at wce.wwu.edu/admissions/contact.
Retention in the program requires continuous demonstration of competence in standard oral and written English in all coursework. Retention also requires maintenance of a 2.75 quarterly GPA including the quarter in which the application was reviewed by the Department of Special Education. The State of Washington requires students to earn a “C” or better in all major endorsement and education courses.
See the Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching section of this catalog for program admission and completion requirements.
Each student will be assigned an adviser when admitted to the Department of Special Education; the adviser for the Early Childhood major is Dr. Lindsay Foreman Murray. Students will be assisted and monitored by Dr. Foreman-Murray on a regular basis throughout their program.
Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the special education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.