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Physical location
Old Main, room 476

Mailing address
College of Education and Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500

Office hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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Special education program

Saint Martin's University baccalaureate program in special education provides graduates the education and training to work with mildly or moderately handicapped students in an inclusionary kindergarten-12 classroom, a resource room, or a self-contained special education class. Completion of required courses for the teaching major will lead to an institutional recommendation that the student be endorsed in special education by the state of Washington.

The University's special education program provides:

  • A rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students
  • Quality curriculum library and computer facilities
  • A faculty with extensive experience as University educators and in the kindergarten-12 education system
  • Small classes, allowing students to receive individual attention, and
  • Necessary class, library, computer and field experiences to support the University's teacher education programs.

Outline of the program

An outline of the University's special education program (Grades K-12) is given below. To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor from the College of Education prior to taking courses at the University.

Additional endorsement

In addition to the primary endorsement in special education, students are required to complete at least one additional endorsement with 30 to 40 semester hours of credit in an area of academic field emphasis. The additional endorsement may be earned either at Saint Martin's University or elsewhere. Depending on the academic field and with careful planning, this endorsement/academic field may require only 14 or 15 semester hours.

General education

(45-51 semester hours)
General University degree requirements are listed in the academic programs and policies section of the academic catalog.

Preprofessional courses

(27-28 semester hours)
Required before admission to the special education program as a certificate candidate:
PSY 101 Introduction to psychology
ED 204 Introduction to education
ED 205 or PSY 205 Child and adolescent development
ENG 101 College writing I
ENG 102 College writing II
One speech or acting course
CSC 160 Introduction to computer technology
MTH 101 or higher level math course
SOC 396 Intercultural communications
SOC 302 Sex, race and disability

Basic courses

(59-60 semester hours)
Classes that prepare you for an endorsement in special education:
ED 300 ED competency seminar (may be required for some students)
ED 306 Curriculum and instruction
ED 360 Classroom management
ED 370 Classroom assessment
ED 371 Education law
ED 383 Issues of abuse/Teacher as counselor
ED 424 Issues and trends - early childhood education
ED 426 Methods of teaching language acquisition
ED 477 Reading diagnosis
SED 359 Introduction to exceptionality
SED 461 Instructional methods for exceptional learners
SED 463 Management strategies for exceptional learners
SED 465 Transition to adulthood for exceptional learners
SED 466 Assessment of exceptional learners
SED 467 Legal issues and the IFSP/IEP
SED 469 Seminar and practicum in special education
MED 545 School drug prevention and counseling
SED 493 Student teaching: special education
ED 498 Student teaching seminar: special education