Give Students the Skills to Succeed

If you have the heart and passion for helping students with special needs succeed in school and in life, consider earning an Endorsement in Special Education from City University of Seattle. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to teach and support a wide range of learning abilities.

This endorsement is offered via mixed-mode format, which includes convenient in-person classes and supplemental online learning, so you can continue teaching while working toward further certification. You’ll receive educational guidance from our expert special education faculty, who will bring your learning to life by giving you real-world applications.

City University of Seattle offers an Endorsement in Special Education for certified teachers who want to work with special needs students in grades P-12. If you are a certified teacher in Washington state, you can apply to this program. Or, you may add it as an emphasis to your bachelor’s in education program for initial certification.

Upon completion of CityU’s special education endorsement you’ll need to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E®) to become highly qualified in Washington state.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the special education endorsement program, you’ll build your knowledge base and pedagogy in the following areas:

  • Human growth and development
  • Special education law
  • Assessment and evaluation tools
  • Inclusion and specialist paradigms
  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Teacher and community collaboration

Total Courses Required (26 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Required Courses

ESP 370A Content: Exceptionality in Special Education (4)

ESP 423 Curriculum Modifications & Adaptations (2)

ESP 405 Behavior Analysis and Management (3)

ESP 419 Behavior Analysis and Management II (1)

ESP 433 Content: Mathematics I (4)

ESP 465 Transitions, Teaming, and Collaboration (1)

ESP 408 Student Assessment and Evaluations (3)

ERL 436 Literacy Instruction and Assessment I (4)

ESP 409A Content: Fundamentals of the IEP Process (3)

Internship: Taken after all coursework is passed **must be taken regardless of background

EDU 337 Practicum**

The mindset of a special education teacher is needed throughout many parts of today’s educational landscape. When you complete a special education endorsement, you improve your job prospects and, in some cases, your earning potential. However, working with special needs students and seeing their progress is a highly rewarding profession in itself.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.

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