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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Certification MAT, Special Education Specialization

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This specialization is intended for candidates seeking Washington State Residency Teacher Certification in Special Education as part of their Teacher Certification MAT.

Teacher Certification, MAT Core

This Masters program is intended for candidates seeking Washington State Residency Teacher Certification and a Masters degree. It consists of five quarters of study, combining online/hybrid coursework and a year-long clinical experience in a K-12 classroom. In order to receive a Washington State Teaching Credential, candidates must meet all requirements of the Teacher Certification Program for Washington State Teacher Certification, including passing of the edTPA. Applicants include paraprofessionals, career switchers, and teachers currently employed under emergency credentials.

Admission Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in last thirty credits of college (undergraduate or graduate) course work.

Passing scores on the WEST B sub tests (writing, reading, and mathematics).

Passing score on the appropriate WEST-E or corresponding NES test in the content area(s) for which the candidate seeks endorsement.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates must complete all major courses with a B- or higher, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and meet all requirements of the Teacher Certification Program for Washington State Teacher Certification.

Program Requirements
Successful completion of the following: 2 week intensive “bootcamp” in Ellensburg; a year-long internship, including a minimum of 720 hours in a K-12 classroom; 3 day-long in-person Saturday seminars during the Fall and Spring quarters; 2 virtual Saturday seminars in Winter; and a passing score on the edTPA.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Make appropriate instructional choices based on learner characteristics and the context of the school and community.
  • Implement, and assess a curriculum that is coherent and aligned with state standards.
  • Exhibit the dispositions of a professional educator, including their understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, relevant law and policy, and educational foundations.

Special Education Specialization

Total Specialization Credits: 22

Total Credits: 63

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