Special Education Endorsement (P–12)

The Special Education Endorsement requires 38–40 total credits, and you must complete the following required courses:

EDSE 5179 Fundamentals of Special Education (5)
Distance Learning

EDSE 5194 Teaching Strategies: Powerful Academic Strategies for All Students in Inclusive Classrooms (5)
Distance Learning

EDSE 5937 Positive Behavior Support for Students with Autism and Related Disabilities (3)
Distance Learning 

EDSE 5075 Trends in Early Childhood Special Education (3)
Online (Autumn and Spring)

EDSE 5081 Special Ed. Assessment & IEP (3)
On campus (Summer Institutes)

EDSE 5127 Severe Disabilities (3)
On campus (Summer Institutes)
EDSE 5653 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students (3)
On campus (Summer Institutes)

EDCN 5730 Field Experience* (5)

*Candidates are encouraged to notify the Endorsement Coordinator 90 days before their intention to complete Field Experience which is offered during Autumn (September-December), Winter (January-March) and Spring (March-June).  

In order to be eligible for Field Experience the following MUST be completed:

  • Admitted to the endorsement program
  • All required coursework complete
  • Official WEST-E/NES score submitted to SPU (

Then, you must notify the endorsement coordinator to be considered for the next applicable Field Experience cohort. Please keep in mind the following deadlines:**

        AUTUMN FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by July 31st
       WINTER FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by October 31st
       SPRING FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by January 31st

**However, cohorts often fill quickly so it is at the candidate’s advantage to notify intent as early as possible. Once a cohort is full the candidate will be placed on a wait list and will only be admitted if a space becomes available.

Elective Coursework

6–10 elective credits are required to complete the 38–40 total required credits for the Special Education Endorsement:

Choose ONE of the following:
EDCT 5177 Response to Intervention (RTI) for K–6 Teachers (3)
On campus (Summer Institutes)

EDCT 5411 Response to Intervention: Changing How We Do Business (5)
Distance Learning

Choose ONE of the following:
EDSE 5939 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (5)
Distance Learning

EDSE 5079 Autism & Asperger's Disorders (3)
Distance Learning

EDSP 5969 Attention Deficit Disorder (3)
Distance Learning

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