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Welcome to the Whitworth School of Education! The preparation of teachers for public and private schools has been a vital part of the mission of Whitworth University since its founding in 1890. A major in education was first offered in 1930, and the first Master in Education degree was granted in 1946. With this rich history in pre- and in-service teacher education programs and in preparation programs for counselors and school administrators, Whitworth has continued to offer award-winning preparation of minds and hearts for those called to serve children, youth and families. The School of Education has been accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1966.
The Whitworth School of Education offers three pre-service teacher-education programs, an undergraduate day program in elementary and secondary education and special education, an evening and weekend elementary-education degree-completion program for working adults, and a 13-month master in teaching program for elementary and secondary candidates. We offer graduate programs in marriage and family therapy, school counseling, social and emotional learning, elementary and secondary education, special education, gifted and talented education (online), administrative leadership and educational leadership. Endorsement programs are available in cultural and linguistic diversity (ELL online), deaf education, environmental education, and reading. The Whitworth Office of Educational Certification & Career Services is available to assist candidates who are pursuing state certification and jobs.
The School of Education provides community service through the Whitworth Literacy Center, serving special-needs students during the academic year and summer session. The SOE was selected winner of the 2013 Model of Excellence Award by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. In fall 2013 Jann Leppien, Ph.D., an internationally known expert in the field of gifted education, joins our faculty as the inaugural Margo Long Chair in Gifted Education. The Whitworth Center for Gifted Education & Professional Development was established by Associate Professor Emeritus Margo Long in 1979. The School of Education’s programs, faculty, staff and graduates continue to exemplify George Whitworth’s vision of graduates who “honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity” through their service to children, youth and adults throughout the world.
Barbara Sanders, Ed.D.
Dean and Professor
School of Education