Special Student Status

With special student status and program approval, individuals may enroll in one semester for a maximum of six degree-applicable credits prior to formal admission to a program of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Registration as a special student requires program approval and is on a space-available basis. In addition, candidates may be required to provide documentation such as transcripts, resume, a statement of intent, and/or schedule an interview with the program faculty before being granted special student status. Not all classes are accessible to students who wish to register as a special student. Please contact your program of interest for specific information regarding course availability as a special student.

The following programs require approval prior to registration as a special student:

  • All certificate programs

  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

  • Professional Mental Health Counseling
  • Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions

  • Educational Leadership: Master of Education, Educational Specialist, and license-only programs

  • School Counseling

  • Student Affairs Administration

  • School Psychology

  • Teacher Education: All inservice programs

  • Northwest Writing Institute

Courses in the following programs are not available for special student status:

  • Doctor of Education in Leadership

  • Teacher Education: Preservice Master of Arts in Teaching programs and Master of Education in Educational Studies

NOTE: Special student status does not guarantee formal admission to the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.