Special Education Program
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Philosophy of Special Education
Undergraduate Major, Minor
Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education
Endorsement in Special Education
Endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education
Specialty Endorsement in Deaf Education
Course Descriptions
Host Family Program
Autism Website (PDF)
Field Experiences
WEST-E Information
Literacy Center

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Special Education Mission

Our goal, shared with our colleagues in Whitworth's School of Education, is the education of mind and heart. We strive to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, their families, and our culture by preparing excellent educators who will maximize the potential of diverse learners.  

We are committed to the preparation of teachers who are:

SCHOLARS who are knowledgeable of evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies and engage in ongoing research, careful application of research to practice, and a commitment to thoughtful dissemination of information.  

COMMUNITY MEMBERS who strive for meaningful quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families, enriched by inclusion and participation as full members in a democratic society.

EFFECTIVE PRACTIONERS who make sound, data-driven educational decisions (regarding curriculum and instructional strategies), foster positive collaboration within the learning environment, personalize planning and services, effectively supervise staff and manage instructional programs, and nurture camaraderie, personal balance and professional growth.

VISIONARY LEADERS known by their academic and professional expertise, Christian ethics, and sensitivity to the needs of a global society and its sustainability.

GUARDIANS who are advocates and who promote social justice by recognizing that disabilities are a natural part of the human experience and that individuals with disabilities have a full right to participation in social, economic and educational communities.