Special Education Endorsement Academy

Next online academy starts Fall Quarter 2018! 

The online Special Education Endorsement Academy consists of eight classes that meet in virtual, synchronous sessions twice a week in the evenings, with additional asynchronous work required throughout the week. Our classes are developed with teacher's schedules in mind.

This unique program helps Washington state teachers, regardless of where they live, prepare for the required WEST-E exam, offering a rigorous and affordable pathway to earning a Special Ed endorsement. Teachers can apply their learning in the classroom immediately and adjust their techniques as the academy progresses.

Brought to you by the College of Education in partnership with the Puget Sound Educational Service District, courses are taught by expert practitioners including certified current and former classroom teachers from a variety of Washington school districts. Seattle University faculty oversee the courses to ensure that the materials and teaching are current and relevant.

Graduate level endorsement  

1. Apply for the master's degree in Special Education at Seattle University and if admitted apply all 24 endorsement academy credits to the 48-credit masters program

2. Complete the 24-credit Special Ed Academy including an additional graduate-level assignment for each class

3. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in Special Education 

4. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through Seattle University


Post-baccalaureate level endorsement 

1. Complete the 24-credit Special Ed Academy

2. Prepare for and take the state-mandated exam in Special Education 

3. Upon passing the state exam, apply for your endorsement through Seattle University

4. Consider earning additional endorsements through Seattle University's Endorsement Academies

  • Participants have the opportunity to apply these credits towards the College of Education’s online Master’s degree in Special Education at the cost of just $325 per credit.
  • Teachers interested in this opportunity must indicate the graduate level pathway at the time of application.
  • Pathways cannot be changed once the program has started.
  • If admitted to the Master’s Degree in Special Education, all 24 endorsement academy credits can be applied to the 48-credit program!
  • Please visit the Special Education website for more information about this program and instruction for how to apply.
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Endorsement Academy Instructors

Jamie Buchholz

Jamie Buchholz has her Masters in Teaching, with a Post Master’s Program Administrator Certificate from Seattle University. She has been a Special Education Administrator in the Everett and Highline School Districts for the past 5 years. Buchholz has also served on Washington State’s Safety Net Committee. She is currently a Transition Specialist for Seattle University’s Center for Change in Transition Services, an Adjunct Professor for Seattle University’s Special Education Endorsement Program, and a special education consultant for local school districts. Buchholz was the recipient of Seattle University’s Alumni in Achievement Award for her innovative work in special education classrooms.

Rebecca Mayes

Rebecca Mayes is a Special Education Technology Curriculum Coach for the Bellevue School District. She supports teachers in creating equitable, inclusive classrooms for all students through innovative, curriculum, technology, and instructional supports. With more than a decade in the field, she has taught in variety of special education settings. Her current areas of interest are preparing future educators, identification and instruction of children with disabilities in the dual language setting. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Washington.

Jennifer Wiechert

Jennifer Wiechert is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) who has worked within the Public School System in Washington State since 1994. Throughout her career, she has worked in seven different School Districts across rural and suburban settings in both Eastern and Western Washington. She has worked as a School Psychologist at the Building Level across all ages (Birth-21), served as a School Counselor at the Elementary Level, an Autism Team Specialist supporting students in multiple schools, and worked as a crisis de-escalation trainer at the District level using both CPI & Right Response Training Programs.

Most recently, she has worked in the Issaquah School District (ISD) as a member of the Special Services Leadership Team representing Early Childhood Special Education Programs, and served as the Program Specialist for all Early Childhood Programs in ISD (Special Education Developmental Preschools, Peer Model Programs, ECEAP, Child Find, and Early Intervention).