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Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education (includes
Special Education Endorsement)
The Whitworth Special Education Program was
designed to emphasize curriculum needs of pupils rather than disability
categories; to address the special behavioral challenges of students;
to incorporate collaborative approaches to consultation with professionals
and families; and to better serve the wider diversity of students in special
education, from mild to severe disabilities, from infancy to adolescence,
and from functional to academic needs.
Most of the special education courses include field experiences specifically selected to allow the students to apply new skills in classroom or home settings. The program can accommodate teachers who are seeking to complete their endorsement in special education under the new Washington state requirements. But it is also intended to provide graduate-level specialized training for teachers who are already endorsed in special education. In addition, students can also work toward endorsement in early childhood special education and a specialty endorsement in deaf education.
Transfer classes may be accepted in place of these but must be individually
evaluated. The following courses (with the exception of field experiences)
may be taken at Whitworth as part of the graduate electives required.
Click here for the Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education Degree Plan (PDF).