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WSU launches online master’s in special education


PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is launching an online master of education in special education degree program.

The new degree addresses a statewide shortage of special education teachers, said professor Darcy Miller, special education program coordinator at the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning.
High demand
“Special education teachers are in high demand,” she said. “This degree allows you to earn both a master’s degree and the Washington state special education endorsement needed to teach pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade special education.”
Miller said the 39-credit program includes a final project that lets students specialize in a wide range of topics, such as autism, response to intervention, positive behavior supports, transition and individualized education programs.
Premier program
“Washington State University is the premier teacher education program in the state,” Miller said. “And students completing WSU’s on-campus special education endorsement program have a pass rate of 99 percent on the Washington Educator Skills Tests—Endorsements (WEST-E).”

WSU is accepting applications for spring 2014; the application deadline is Sept. 1.

More information on the program is on the Global Campus website.