Bachelor of Arts in Education: Special Education

with Teacher Certification and optional Dual Endorsements


AVAILABLE: Mixed Mode | Online
REQUIRED CREDITS: 180-199
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Aberdeen, WA: Summer* | Bellevue, WA: Summer | Centralia, WA: Summer* | Everett, WA: Summer | Longview, WA: Summer* | Online: Fall, Spring | Port Angeles, WA: Summer* | Renton, WA: Summer | Seattle, WA: Summer | Tacoma, WA: Summer | Vancouver, WA: Summer


Program Details

City University of Seattle provides a way for undergraduate students to become certified special education teachers with our Bachelor of Arts in Education: Special Education degree program. You may focus on the special education emphasis alone or work toward a dual endorsement by combining it with any of the following emphasis areas:
  • elementary education
  • mathematics
  • reading
  • english language learners (ELL)
The Albright School of Education at CityU of Seattle is accredited by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board and stands as a fixture of teacher education, graduating over 300 teachers per year.

Flexible, Online Learning Options

Our bachelor's in special education degree program was created with your life in mind. We offer flexibility in our coursework, letting you choose between online delivery, mixed-mode, and Saturday classes. All of CityU's Bachelor of Arts in Education programs provide more in-person classroom experience than typical teacher certification programs, which means you'll be able to acclimate into a variety of special education environments when you graduate. Connect with our advisors to learn more about the program today.

Where CityU Can Take You

When you complete your Bachelor of Arts in Education at CityU, you'll qualify for a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate and be prepared to teach special education students in public and private schools throughout Washington State. You can use your degree and special education certification to move into a variety of roles:
  • special education resource room teacher
  • special education self-contained teacher
  • behavior specialist
  • integrated classroom teacher

Get Started Today!

Your first step toward getting your bachelor's in special education with CityU is to finish your lower division credits. Then, once you pass the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic® (WEST–B), you can begin this program. Our Albright School of Education advisors are here to walk with you every step of the way. Let us know how we can help you complete your degree and get started making a difference in the lives of exceptional students.

Lower-Division Requirements (90)

Transfer these credits from another college or take at CityU: College Composition I, College Composition II, Oral Communications - Speech, Creative Arts I, Creative Arts II, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, US History or World, Civilization, Life Science, Physical Science, Lab, Natural Science Elective, College Mathematics, Math for Elementary Teachers, Theory & Practice in Education, Academic Content Area***, Electives: (Humanities, Social Sciences or Natural Sciences)
Core Requirements (59)
EDE 406A
EDU 308
EDU 313
EDU 317
EDU 320A
EDU 383A
EDU 404A
EDU 495
ERL 406
ERL 407
ERL 440A
ESP 370A
ESP 373
ESP 376
Autism (3)
ESP 405
ESP 408
ESP 409A
ESP 423
Internship and Student Teaching (16)
EDU 350
EDU 351
EDU 352
EDU 353
EDU 470
ESP 465
ESP 485

B.A.Ed. with Special Education Emphasis Only (90)

Take all Core and Internship / Student Teaching courses listed above, plus the following.
Electives (15)
Undergraduate Electives - must take courses from approved program list.
EDE 400

B.A.Ed. with Dual: Special Education & English Language Learners Emphasis (98)

Take all Core and Internship / Student Teaching courses listed above, plus the following.
English Language Learners Core Requirements (23)
EDE 400
ESL 415
ESL 421
ESL 426
ESL 431
ESL 434

B.A.Ed. with Dual: Special Education & Reading Emphasis (90**)

Take all Core and Internship / Student Teaching courses listed above, plus the following.
Reading Core Requirements (15)
EDE 400
ERL 413
ERL 414
ESP 440

B.A.Ed. with Dual: Special Education & Mathematics Emphasis (109**)

Take all Core and Internship / Student Teaching courses listed above (except for EDE 400) plus the following.
Mathematics Core Requirements (24)
EML 410
EML 435
EML 445
EML 455
EML 465
EML 475
EML 485
EML 490
Internship and Student Teaching (10)
EDU 485

B.A.Ed. with Special Education and Elementary Education (95**)

**Plus 90 credits of Lower-Division Requirements