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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, BAE

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Department of Special Education, Woodring College of Education

85-86 credits

Introduction/What is the Study of Special Education?

Completion of this major and the required professional education courses results in a BA in Education. Students who complete this major typically seek employment in non-school settings, such as health and human services and non-profit organizations; they do not qualify for a teaching certificate.

Why consider a Special Education 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 Special Education Program 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. That is why the word “Special” in our title is a source of pride to us and to our graduates.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Gail Coulter
Miller Hall 201E

Department Manager
Pam Clark Hamilton
Miller Hall 201D

Teacher Education Admissions
Miller Hall 150

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Admission and Declaration Process

Admission Requirements 

Grade Requirements

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.

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