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- Six semester credits may be taken prior to
admission to GSE. There is no guarantee more than six credits will count
toward a graduate degree.
- There are two types of admission as follows:
1. Unconditional admission is given when a student has a cumulative grade
point average of 3.0 or higher; 25 percentile or higher in verbal, quantitative,
and analytical areas of the GRE or MAT or adequate evidence of academic
preparation to succeed in graduate studies; and strong recommendations.
2. Conditional admission is given when a student has a cumulative grade
point average ranging from 2.7 to 3.0 or higher; GRE/MAT scores that are
less than 25 percentiles; acceptable recommendations; or has required
courses to take. When a student's cumulative grade point average ranges
from 2.7-2.9, the student must achieve a "B" or higher in two graduate-level
courses (two or three semester credits) before receiving unconditional
- Completion of a teacher education program is
required for all School of Education master's degree and certification
programs except MIT, M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling (School Certified or
Community Agency), M. Ed. Administration (General). Photocopies of all
Washington teacher, administrator or ESA certificates and certificates
from other states must be submitted with the application for admission.
- Prerequisites prior to graduate study may be
required where applicants lack appropriate preparation. A course in the
study of exceptional learners is required for the school counselor track.
At Whitworth University, the recommended course is ED 500A Special Education:
Exceptional Learners and Inclusion. Students whose first language is not
English may be required to complete some prerequisites prior to consideration
for admission to GSE. These courses are determined with an advisor, to
improve expertise in English, math, education methods and study skills.
- Part of the application process to Graduate
Studies in Education is completion of the Character and Fitness Supplement.
Whitworth University may deny admission to any individual applying to Graduate
Studies in Education based upon a review and documentation of items disclosed
in the Character and Fitness Supplement. If a student with a suspended
or revoked educational certificate (teacher, counselor, principal, psychologist
or other) applies to a program leading to state certification, he/she
will not be processed for admission to Graduate Studies in Education until
such certificate has been reinstated. This includes certificates from
other states as well as Washington.
- For international students, the TOEFL test
or the GRE is required prior to admission. The minimum score accepted
on the TOEFL is 550. Testing is also done in English and in math, prior
to taking graduate coursework, to determine any necessary prerequisites
to be written into the degree plan. International students must provide
proof of adequate financial resources for graduate study prior to admission.
(A handout including detailed information is available in the GSE office.)
Note: Several of our programs are currently being
revised to meet all SBE requirements. Consult with our graduate advisor
regarding all current information.