K-8 / Special Education Grad Program

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We Offer an Innovative Mix of Course and Fieldwork

Coursework coupled with field experience builds the skills teachers need to deliver relevant instruction and work collaboratively with other professionals to solve difficult learning and behavior challenges.

A Continuum of Development for Teachers

UW Tacoma offers prospective teachers the opportunity to earn a Washington State Residency K-8 Teacher Certificate with an endorsement in Special Education (P-12) and a Master of Education degree. These credentials prepare our graduates to teach both general education students and students with mild learning or behavioral disabilities.

The K-8 General & Special Education Dual Track is a full two-year program. Teacher candidates in the first year of the program participate in a residency at one of our partner schools where they receive intensive and practical experience. We work closely with our partner schools in the design and implementation of fieldwork and the assessment of candidate performance and progress.

Our teacher candidates learn to:

  • Create a positive learning environment for all students
  • Deliver evidence-based instruction
  • Assess student progress
  • Align instruction with current state and federal guidelines
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals

An induction program, designed to provide peer support during the first year of teaching, is required for completion of a Master of Education degree.

How the Residency and Induction Programs Work

Residency and Induction Programs workflow diagram

Click here for more information about fieldwork and watch a video about side-by-side coaching.