Personal situations vary; completion time is dependent on which degree program you are interested in and whether you attend full or part time. Most degrees can be completed in approximately two years, attending full time. The master’s degree in school counseling can be completed in approximately three years, attending full time. Please contact the graduate admissions office at 509.777.3222 for more information.

Contact Whitworth’s graduate admissions team at 509.777.3222 or gradadmissions@whitworth.edu. We will be happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to meet with an advisor to learn how your particular goals will work with the program you are interested in.

Yes. To qualify for federal aid, graduate students must apply to a master’s degree program. Contact the financial aid office at 509.777.3215 to see if you qualify for other financial aid or scholarships, or for more information. Graduate students should also check with their employers about tuition-assistance or reimbursement programs for employees.

Yes. Please visit www.whitworth.edu/veterans for more information and to see our student checklist for using benefits at Whitworth.

You can request that up to nine credits of previously completed master’s credits be transferred from another regionally accredited institution and applied to your Whitworth degree. Whitworth’s graduate admissions staff will review course transcripts and determine if the credit(s) can be counted toward your Whitworth degree.

A copy of your teaching credentials must be submitted with your application to the following programs:

  • Educational Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Principal Certification
  • Special Education Endorsement
  • Specialty Endorsement in Teaching the Gifted
  • English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement

Accreditation is the evaluation of the quality of an institution’s performance in meeting certain standards of excellence set forth by the accrediting agency. Whitworth’s accreditation is evidence of our commitment to your success; it guarantees that you are receiving a high-quality education.

The Whitworth School of Education is accredited by the following evaluators:

  • The Washington State Board of Education
  • The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges

Whitworth adheres to rigorous state and national standards with regional accreditation.

Admission to any residency teacher-preparation program requires that you pass the WEST-B (Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic) OR submit SAT scores in lieu of the WEST-B.

All candidates seeking teacher certification and/or additional endorsements are required to pass a subject knowledge test for each area in which they are seeking an endorsement. Washington state requires a candidate to pass the WEST-E (Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements). WEST-E tests may also be used to meet the Highly Qualified Teacher definition under No Child Left Behind.

Whitworth requires teacher candidates to pass the WEST-E in elementary education or his or her secondary education content area prior to each candidate’s student-teaching. All other WEST-E tests (special education, English language learners, reading, etc.) can be taken later, but should be taken before graduation.

For more information regarding certification requirements, please visit the Whitworth University Office of Education Certification and Career Services or call 509.777.4405. For more information or to register for the WEST-B or WEST-E, please visit www.west.nesinc.com.


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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