M.ED. in Elementary or Secondary Education

Degree snapshot

COST PER CREDIT $595* (financial aid & scholarships available)
COURSE FORMAT Online & evening classes
APPLICATION DEADLINE Applications are due four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll.
I want to enroll in… Please apply by…
Fall Term First week of August
Jan Term First week of December
Spring Term First week of January
Summer Term Third week of April

*for the 2015-16 academic year


  • Classes are offered online or evenings on campus so you can maintain your schedule.
  • Customize a schedule that fits your needs and goals for professional growth.
  • Complete the program in as little as two years.
  • Add an endorsement to improve your employment potential:
    • English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement
    • Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement
    • Special Education Endorsement
    • Reading Endorsement

Explore the best practices in curriculum and instruction as you customize your master’s-degree program to fit your individual needs and professional-growth plans. Whitworth offers degrees in both elementary and secondary education that allow you to discover your passion in education with help from faculty who bring years of expertise and knowledge into the classroom. You’ll leave Whitworth equipped with a deeper understanding of critical issues in education and with cutting-edge strategies to address curriculum development and classroom-management techniques.

Convenient Schedule for Working Adults

Designed to fit the needs of adult learners, Whitworth’s M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Education Program makes it possible for you to earn your degree, even if you have a daytime job. You can earn your degree in just two years and attend classes on campus in the evening or online for your convenience. On-campus classes meet just once weekly in the evening during the fall and spring semesters, so you don’t have to alter your schedule. Courses meet twice weekly in the evening during the summer.


If you would like to complete your degree online, choose from an English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement or Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement.

Explore Topics that Interest You

Because this program comprises 15-18 elective credits, you have the opportunity to tailor your degree to fit your interests, so you can explore a variety of topics or focus on one content area. Courses addressing teaching gifted students, second-language acquisition, children’s literature, social emotional learning, and many other topics are also offered as elective credits. Speak with an advisor to find out which classes will best help you reach your professional goals.

The M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Education Program is a 34-credit program tailored to fit your interests. Built on foundational Christian principles, each course is designed to enhance your teaching capabilities as well as your ability to have a positive influence upon those around you. You’ll gain an understanding of how to integrate faith with learning as you gain the skills to promote healthy learning in children and help them maximize their learning potential. During the required courses, you’ll discuss and research childhood personality development, best practices in designing curriculum, and a philosophical exploration of pressing issues that influence the delivery of education.

Applicants for the M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Education Program must hold a current teaching certificate.

Required Core Courses (13 credits)

EDU 502 Curriculum Development - online or on campus
3 Credits
EDU 515 Educational Research - online or on campus
4 Credits
3 Credits

Electives (15-18 credits)

Choose from a variety of courses in topics that interest you and help you meet individual professional goals; courses must be approved by an academic advisor. Applicants for the M.Ed. in Secondary Education Program may complete elective credits in their approved secondary-level content area.

If choosing to complete your degree entirely online, your English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement or Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement courses will fulfill the elective requirements. Please see the course catalog for a complete list of elective courses offered.

Completion of one of the following:

EDU 598A/B Graduate Thesis *If choosing to complete this option, you’ll only need to take 15 credits in electives.
6 Credits

Note: The courses in this program are subject to change due to program updates. Please check with your advisor for current course offerings.

English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement – online only

Curriculum for the English Language Learners (ELL) endorsement may fulfill all of your elective requirements. To view more information about the ELL endorsement and curriculum, please visit www.whitworth.edu/ELL.

Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement – online or on campus

Curriculum for the Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement may fulfill elective requirements for the M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Education. To view more information regarding the specialty endorsement and required curriculum, please visit www.whitworth.edu/gifted.

Special Education Endorsement

Curriculum for the Special Education Endorsement may fulfill your elective requirements. Consult an advisor for additional information.

Reading Endorsement

Please consult an advisor for additional information.


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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