Endorsements in Special Education
Special Education Endorsement
The Special Education Endorsement requirements are included in the master's degree program curriculum. For those who already hold a master's degree, the special education endorsement can be added by completing the prerequisites, special education courses and field experiences referred to in the M.A.T. Special Education program curriculum.
Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement
You can add the Early Childhood Special Education endorsement to your M.A.T. Special Education (which also includes the Special Education endorsement requirements) by completing the following requirements, in addition to the program curriculum:
- EDS 534 Early Speech, Language & Literacy (3 credits)
- EDS 538 Early Intervention Interdisciplinary Method (3 credits) – or equivalent coursework
- Advanced Practicum – early intervention or preschool special education setting
Those who already hold a master's degree may add this endorsement by completing the prerequisites, special education courses and field experiences referred to in the M.A.T. Special Education program curriculum, in addition to the requirements listed above.
Please contact the special education director for advising (509.777.4360).
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a certified teacher to be admitted to the program?
Yes, you do need to be certified or concurrently enrolled in a certification program. If you are not currently a certified teacher, you may enroll in our Master in Teaching or Evening Teacher Certification Program as you complete coursework required for the special education endorsement.
Can I complete an endorsement in special education without enrolling in the master's program?
Yes, you can complete the endorsement only.
What if I just want to become a better general education teacher? Will this degree restrict me to teaching only special education?
No. Completing the degree or certificate does not restrict your teaching to special education. The content in Whitworth's special education courses will give you the tools to better serve students with disabilities or who are at risk in mixed-ability classrooms. The experience and specialized training you'll receive at Whitworth can also improve your opportunities for employment.
Are there many employment opportunities once I graduate?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for special education teachers, especially in early childhood education, is expected to grow. Employment opportunities are expected to be even higher for those who have specialized training or experience.