Special Education Teaching Degree Programs in Seattle, WA

Jan 22, 2019

Seattle Schools with Special Education Teaching Degree Programs

Students in Seattle who are interested in studying special education teaching in the city have several options from which to choose. This article looks at three schools within 20 minutes of downtown and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about each institution, including total enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and the percentage of students receiving financial aid. At the end of the article is the name of one more school, farther from Seattle, that offers a special education teaching program.

  • The University of Seattle is just four miles from downtown Seattle. Its degree program offerings include a Master of Education in Special Education, an Education Specialist in Special Education and a Master in Teaching with Special Endorsement.
  • Also four miles from downtown, Seattle Pacific University has a bachelor's degree program in special education.
  • The City University of Seattle, nearly 12 miles from the city center, offers a bachelor's degree in special education, a master's degree in teaching in special education and an endorsement in early childhood special education.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring special education teachers can refer to this table to learn more about these three schools and make an informed decision on their education.

Seattle University Seattle Pacific University City University of Seattle
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 7,278 3,783 2,199
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $42,885 $40,893 $16,920
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 96% 98% 39%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 74% 91% N/A
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* Full-time: 84%, part-time: 50% Full-time: 79% Part time: 20%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students beginning in 2011)* 75% 69% 100%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Seattle University

Seattle University is a private, 4-year school that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university's College of Education was founded in 1935 and offers small classes and evening and weekend courses. The college offers three programs related to special needs education.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

Students who already possess a bachelor's degree and wish to move from a general education setting to a special education setting will benefit from the M.Ed. in Special Education program. This 48-credit program includes courses in teaching students with learning disorders and school consultation and intervention. Students will also take literacy courses and general College of Education courses.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Special Education

General education teachers who already possess a master's degree may choose to pursue an Ed.S. in Special Education. This 45-credit program includes courses in individual education assessment and behavior disorders and intervention. Students will choose 15 credits of elective courses such as family/school collaboration or specialized literary techniques.

Special Education Endorsement Academy

The Special Education Endorsement Academy program is designed to be completed online in a cohort format. Students complete eight courses that can be put toward the other master's programs.

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The School of Education offers one degree that specifically focuses on special education.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Special Education

The B.A. in Special Education is one of two undergraduate majors in Seattle Pacific University's School of Education. This 4-year program includes the requirements for the bachelor's degree and the Residency Teacher Certification. Students who choose the special education major will choose either the teaching track, the general emphasis track or the educational ministry emphasis track.

City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle is a private, 4-year university that was founded in 1973. The university's Albright School of Education offers more than 20 education programs, three of which are related to special education.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Education with a Special Education Endorsement

Students pursuing a B.A. in special education can combine the general education major with the coursework for an endorsement in special education. In order to be admitted to the program, applicants will have to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic.

Master in Teaching (MIT) in Special Education

Students who already possess a bachelor's degree can apply for the MIT in Special Education program. Students in the MIT program can opt for a dual endorsement, such as special education p-12 and elementary ed k-8. MIT in Special Education students will take courses like behavior analysis and management and fundamentals of the IEP process.

Other School Options

Another school to offer special education programs near Seattle is Saint Martin's University, a private, not-for-profit school located about 45 miles from the city.

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