The Special Education Program provides graduates with the education and training to work with mildly or moderately disabled students in settings such as an inclusionary classroom, a resource room, or a self-contained special education class.

Program Highlights

  • What to expect at Saint Martin's

    The University's special education program provides a rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students. Small classes allow students to receive individual attention from faculty with extensive experience as University educators and in the kindergarten-12 education system.

    Additional benefits include:

    • National accreditation
    • Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
    • 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs
    • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
    • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
    • Two subject endorsements required to better prepare students for employability
    • Educational endorsements aligned with most majors offered on campus
    • Ongoing experience in schools throughout the program
  • Career paths

    A degree in special education prepares graduates to work with people with special needs in a learning environment such as:

    • K-12 school systems
    • Day care centers
    • Community organizations
    • Residential care facilities

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With This Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Requirements

To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor from the College of Education to taking courses at the University.

Major Requirements

  • 24-25 semester hours of pre-professional courses 
  • 59-60 semester hours of core courses 
  • 128-148 semester hours of preschool-12 teaching internship

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.

NOTE: Completion of the special education major and endorsement program does not allow the certificate-holder to teach in a regular elementary or secondary classroom. Therefore, candidates also must complete the required elementary or secondary sequence, including at least eight weeks of internship in a regular classroom.

  • Pre-Professional courses (24-25 semester hours)
    MTHOne mathematics course above MTH 201
    HISOne U.S. history course (elementary and SED dual endorsements only)
    HISOne world history course (elementary and SED dual endorsements only)
    BIO/CHM/PHYOne natural science course with laboratory (elementary and SED dual endorsements only)
    PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
    ENG 101College Writing I
    ENG 102College Writing II
    COM 106
    -or-
    THR 211
    Public Address
    -or-
    Acting I
    ED 204Introduction to Education
    ED 205Child and Adolescent Development
    SOC 396
    -or-
    ED 202
    Intercultural Communications
    -or-
    Diversity in Educational Systems

     

  • Core courses (59-60 semester hours)
    ED 300Competency Seminar (may be required for some students)
    ED 306Curriculum and Instruction 
    TED 312Technology in the Classroom
    ED 360Classroom Management
    ED 371Education Law
    ED 383Issues of Abuse/Teacher as Counselor
    ED 424
    -or-
    ED 426
    Issues and Trends - Early Childhood Education
    -or-
    Methods of Teaching Language Acquisition (ELL)
    ED 470Classroom Assessment
    ED 477Reading Diagnosis
    SED 445School Drug Prevention and Counseling
    SED 359Introduction to Exceptionality
    SED 461Instructional Methods of Exceptional Learners
    SED 463Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners
    SED 465Transition to Adulthood for Exceptional Learners
    SED 466Assessment of Exceptional Learners
    SED 467Legal Issues and the IFSP/IEP
    SED 469Seminar and Practicum in Special Education
    SED 493Internship: Special Education
    ED 498Internship Seminar: Special Education

     

Minor Requirements

  • 21 semester hours of upper-division courses

NOTE: The minor in SED does not include a complete endorsement in special education.

  • Upper-division courses (21 semester hours)
    SED 359Introduction to Exceptionality
    SED 461Instructional Methods of Exceptional Learners
    SED 463Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners
    SED 465Transition to Adulthood for Exceptional Learners
    SED 466Assessment in Exceptional Learners
    SED 467Legal Issues and the IFSP/IEP
    SED 469Seminar and Practicum in Special Education 

    Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of special education requirements.

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