Department ofEducation

Special Education Summer Endorsement

Program Description

Teachers accepted into the program may complete required coursework and assessments in one summer.  The program combines real-time online (synchronous) instruction, with asynchronous learning modules.  Course content and expectations are rigorous and will demand the full-time attention of the candidate throughout the Endorsement process. 

Participants will learn to intentionally use:

  • Data
  • Team Building Strategies
  • Specific Instructional Strategies
  • Effective Management
  • Assessment
  • Goal Setting and Education Program Design
  • Adaptation and Accommodations

Program Structure

The Special Education program runs from the middle of May to the middle of August.  Class meeting times are scheduled to accommodate working P-12 teachers with online class meetings in the late afternoon, evenings, and some Saturdays.  

Participants take 8 courses (18 credits total) and a Pedagogy Assessment (5 credits).  

For SPED endorsement participants, fieldwork will take place in conjunction with Tacoma Public School's Extended School Year or independently in a host classroom during the fall.  For those selecting to complete summer fieldwork, this unique opportunity allows participants to work with current Tacoma Public School teachers as well as PLU faculty during their Pedagogy Assessment.  This also allows participants to complete all of the components necessary to earn their Special Education endorsement prior to the start of the school year!  Individuals who are not in the Tacoma area can either make arrangements to be in the area for the summer fieldwork experience or we will work with you on an individual basis for placement in a school district in your local area for the following Fall.  Students will need to secure their own host classroom through a joint approval process if electing to complete fieldwork post-summer.

Students will also need to take and pass the West-E.  Be sure to select to have your scores sent directly to PLU during registration for the test. 

Click here for the course titles and descriptions 

SPED Summer Class Schedule  This is the 2014 schedule which serves as an example.  The 2015 schedule should be available in mid-March.

Program Requirements

Technology requirements:  To successfully participate in the online class meetings you will need to have a webcam and headphones with a microphone (an internal mic on your computer will not work) as well as a stable Internet connection. 

To successfully earn your add-on endorsement, you will need to pass all of the endorsement coursework with a B- or higher  as well as pass the West-E and your Pedagogy Assessment.  You must also submit all required paperwork in a timely manner and pay tuition and fees as they are due.  Not complying with the requirements may cause a delay in your endorsement.