K-8 with K-12 Special Education Certification

The Master of Education Program with a focus on Teacher Education features an introduction to teaching in all areas of the elementary and middle school curriculum, preparation for non-curricular aspects of the teacher's role, reflection on contemporary issues in education and frequent supervision. Cooperating teachers and university faculty work together to provide students with a program that ensures integration of course content with hands-on experience. Student interns will begin their Autumn Quarter Field Experience the first day of public schools, or earlier to attend building orientations or professional development days. Please note you may need to start your Field Experience as early as mid to late August. Students will earn certification in K-8 elementary education and K-12 special education.

The K-8 teacher certification and K-12 special education program begins in summer quarter only and is five quarters of full-time, mostly daytime, study and field experience for the certificate only.

Application deadlines

Summer 2014 Deadline  - Monday, May 12, 2014 

Applicants for Summer 2014 - be prepared for an interview on campus, Wednesday, May 14th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Admission requirements

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Because the program of study must be completed in sequence, students are admitted for Summer Quarter only. Complete applications received by the application date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the application date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Remember, several items are required to complete your application. Transcripts often take several weeks to arrive. Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been received.

Bachelor's degree

All applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university or college. Applicants who are in the final quarter or semester of their undergraduate work may apply for provisional admission, but must hold a bachelor's degree before beginning the Teacher Certification Program.

3.0 grade-point average

Calculated from the applicant's final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be eligible for admission depending on the quality of their complete application file.

Signed, printed copy of UW Graduate School Application

When applying online, be sure to choose "Graduate" from the pull-down menu of status choices, then "Education - Tacoma (MEd - Elementary Education)" from the menu of graduate programs. The Education Program does not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for admission to the Teacher Certification programs.

One official transcript

from every college or university you have attended.

Courses in the following subject areas

All prerequisite courses, unless otherwise stipulated, must be 100-level or above, and the applicant must receive at least a 2.7 ("B-") grade. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the time the program begins in summer quarter.

K-8 Prerequisite Worksheet

Subject area Requirement
Writing Two (2) Writing Intensive Courses - e.g. English Composition AND Literature (or other Writing Intensive Course).
Child, Adolescent or Lifespan Development Course that covers the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the development of children and young adolescents.
Technology No proof of coursework is required, but please see our Technology skills required document.

Program Selection Document

Requires that you indicate the certification option that you will pursue.

Personal goal statement

The mission and values of the University of Washington-Tacoma Education Program underscore our primary goal of building teacher capacity to understand and meet P-12 student needs. In this context, please include the following in your two page goal statement:

Holistic criteria will be used for goal statement evaluation and will include attention to clarity and quality of discussion, example specificity, and mechanics.

You may wish to review UWT education program mission/values for guidance.
  • A discussion of: 1) Your experiences in seeking to understand and meet the needs of children and youth; 2) and how those experiences shape your professional ambitions.
  • A discussion of how UWT graduate studies in the education program will help meet your professional goals.

Resume

of professional experience, educational background and other relevant information including volunteer experience.

Two letters of recommendation

The Letters of Recommendation are now incorporated into our online application.

40 hours of documented experience

(minimum) within the last 5 years in a public school classroom. This requirement must be completed by the time the program begins in summer quarter.

Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B) scores

Required of all applicants to the Teacher Certification Program. Applicants must take the test no later than April, 2014 to be considered for admission to the Summer 2014 class. Visit the WEST-B website for a Study Guide, registration details, and other information about the test.

For information on WEST-B alternatives Click here!

For information on WEST-B exemptions Click here!

Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsement (WEST-E)

WEST-E tests are not required for admission, but are required to be taken within our Teacher Certification Program. Review the WEST Schedule for required/suggested test dates.

Personal interview

Be prepared for a March to early April interview which will be conducted in a group format. You should prepare as you would for a job interview. This means you should dress as you would for teaching. In addition to responses to interview questions, faculty will be considering communication skills, professional behavior and your current perspective regarding teaching. This is an opportunity for you to shine as a prospective member of the cohort and to demonstrate professional skills. Please consider this in your planning and preparation for the interviews. The interview is required as part of the admissions process

Important Immunization Information

All enrolled students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until the UW Tacoma Registrar's Office confirms that they have satisfied this requirement. Students born before 01/01/57 are considered to be immune to measles and therefore do NOT need to submit proof of immunity.

How to apply

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Applicants must apply online to the UW Graduate School and also submit required documents to the UW Tacoma Education Program. The Education Program does not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for admission to the Teacher Certification programs. The application checklist is a helpful document to ensure that all items are complete. No action can be taken until all materials are received.

Download the Application Checklist

In an envelope
addressed to:
Send the following materials:
Education Program
UW Tacoma
Campus Box 358435
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma WA 98402-3100

(1) Signed copy of the online - UW Graduate School application
(1) Official sealed transcript from every college/university you have attended
(1) Completed K-8 Prerequisite Worksheet
(1) Program Selection document
(1) Personal goal statement
(1) Resume
(1) Documentation of Classroom Experience form
(1) Official WEST-B scores

  Within the online Graduate School Application:
  (2) Letters of Recommendation

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu; 253-692-4437)

Information sessions

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It is highly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions listed below. Please contact our Education Program office for general program information and to register for an information session: uwted@uw.edu

Day Date Time Room
Tuesday June 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CP 331
Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CP 331
Tuesday August 12, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CP 331
Thursday September 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm TBA
Wednesday October 8, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm TBA
Monday November 3, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm TBA
Tuesday December 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm TBA
Monday January 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm TBA
Wednesday February 4, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm TBA

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Frequently asked questions

Where do I start the process of learning about the program?
It is highly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions listed above. Please contact our Education Program office for general program information and to register for an information session: uwted@uw.edu

How long is the program?
The K-8 with Special Education Teacher Certification program begins in summer quarter only and is five quarters of full-time day study and field experience for the certificate only. Students wishing to also obtain a master's degree can usually complete this in an additional year of part-time evening study which is conducive to a working teacher's schedule.

What type of certificate and endorsements will I receive?
Upon successful completion of the teacher certification program and a passing score on the WEST-E exams for Elementary Education and Special Education, students will be recommended to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a Residency Teacher Certificate with endorsements in Elementary Education and Special Education. For more information on the WEST-E exam go to the WEST-E website. Students may qualify for additional endorsements based on prior course work and a passing score on the WEST-E for their endorsement area.

In what area of study does my bachelor’s degree have to be?
Your bachelor’s degree can be in any discipline.

Does the admission requirement of 40 hours of documented experience have to be completed in a public school?
Yes. This admission requirement must be completed in a public school classroom within the last 5 years. The classroom should closely match the subject and age level you wish to teach.

How do I know if I have satisfied all of the prerequisite courses required for admission to the program?
Complete the K-8 Prerequisite Worksheet and contact the pre-admission adviser for prerequisite course evaluation: Carla Van Rossum at carlavr@uw.edu or 253-692-4437

Where will I be placed for my field experience in the program?
We have contracts with several districts in the South Sound area. Students are not allowed to arrange their own field experience placements.

How much is tuition?
Please visit the tuition webpage for current tuition rates.

How do I get information about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities?
Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for Graduate Students.

Questions?

Contact the Pre-Admission Adviser: Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu; 253-692-4437)

Program plan

The K-8 with Special Education Certification program is a 62-credit (teaching certificate only) or a 80-credit (teaching certificate with master's degree) program. The teaching certificate only program is a cohort model which begins summer quarter and requires full-time, daytime attendance for four quarters.

During year 2, courses are designed to support new teachers in their first year of teaching and will be offered during late afternoons (4:30 pm). Mentoring designed to coordinate with the university program also will be offered.

K-8 with K-12 Special Education Certification Program Plan

Year One Course Number Title Credits

Summer

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TEDUC 502 Learning About Learning 3
TEDUC 503 Educational Measurement 3
TEDSP 544 Special Education Assessment and Evaluation 3
TEDUC 547 Special Education and the Law 3
TEDSP 550 Special Education Principles & Practices 3
Subtotal 15

Autumn

TEDUC 504 Educational Research 3
TEDSP 541 Read Methods & Intervention 3
TEDSP 548 Classroom Management 3
TEDUC 560 Math Methods I 3
TEDUC 587 Field Experience I 4
TEDSP 590 Reflective Seminar 1
Subtotal 17

Winter

TEDUC 510 Science Methods 3
TEDUC 527 Content Literacy 3
TEDUC 554 Language Arts 3
TEDUC 561 Math Methods II 3
TEDSP 588 Special Education Field Experience II 4
TEDSP 590 Reflective Seminar 1
Subtotal 17

Spring

TEDUC 520 Multicultural Education 3
TEDUC 589 Field Experience III 9
TEDUC 590 Reflective Seminar 1
Subtotal 13
Total Year One Credits 62

 

Year Two Course Number Title Credits

Summer

TEDUC 501 Foundations of Education 3
TEDUC 526 Arts in Schools 3
TEDSP 551 Special Education Principles & Practices II 3
Subtotal 9

Autumn

TEDSP 595 Induction Seminar 3
Subtotal 3

Winter

TEDSP 583 Response to Intervention Seminar 3
Subtotal 3

Spring

TEDSP 584 Response to Intervention Seminar 3
Subtotal 3
Total Year Two Credits 18
Total Master of Education with K-8 & K-12 Special Education Certification Credits 80

 

Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Education Program