Special Education Program (Major, minor)
What is the Special Education Program?
The Special Education Program provides graduates with 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.
Why study special education 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
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
For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please
visit our undergraduate education website.
What can I do with this major?
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
whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s
can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.
What is required?
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.
- 24-25 semester hours of pre-professional courses such as:
- MTH 101 or higher level math course
- SPH 106 Public Address
- 59-60 semester hours of core courses such as:
- SED 359 Introduction Exceptionality
- ED 360 Classroom Management
- 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
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
- 21 semester hours of upper-division courses such as:
- SED 461 Instructional Methods of Exceptional Learners
- SED 467 Legal Issues and the IFSP/IEP
NOTE: The minor in SED does not include a complete endorsement in special education.
Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a
complete breakdown of special education courses and requirements.
All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
Related fields of study
Educational studies (M.) | Elementary education (M.) | Secondary education (certification/endorsements)
| Minors in education