M.ED. in Teaching & Learning

Degree snapshot

COST PER CREDIT $635* (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

*201-18 academic year tuition rate


  • Classes are offered online or during evenings on campus so that 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

Discover 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's M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning allows you to explore 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, instruction, technology and assessment in the classroom.

Convenient Schedule for Working Adults

Designed to fit the needs of adult learners, Whitworth’s M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning 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, depending on course schedules, 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 academic-year schedule. Courses meet twice weekly in the evening during the summer.

Explore Topics that Interest You

Because this program comprises 12 elective credits, you have the opportunity to tailor your degree to fit your interests. So you can focus on one content area.

Designated tracks for this degree include the following:

  • Gifted Education
  • Special Needs
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Administration and Leadership

You may also customize the program to meet your individual career goals by taking electives within different tracks. Speak with an advisor to find out which classes will help you reach your professional goals most effectively.

The M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning 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. As you gain the skills to promote healthy learning and maximize learning potential in children, you’ll also gain an understanding of how to integrate faith with learning. 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 Teaching & Learning must hold a current teaching certificate.

Required Courses (19 credits)

3 credits
EDU 515 Educational Research - online or on campus
4 credits
3 credits
3 credits

Thematic Electives (12 credits)

Elective courses are chosen from specific tracks, with the assistance of the academic advisor, to meet individual professional goals.

Tracks for this degree include the following:

  • Gifted Education
  • Special Needs
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Administration and Leadership

If you choose to complete your degree entirely online, your 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 need to take just 9 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

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 with on-campus options

Curriculum for the Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement may fulfill elective requirements for the M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning. 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.


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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