Department of Special Education

Chairperson: Kimberly Weber

Master of Education in Special Education

Program Director: Kimberly Weber

The Department of Special Education offers preparation for special educators within schools and other agencies. Candidates gain core competencies and then specialize in areas of interest. Individual field experiences are available to meet specialized needs. Three tracks of study are offered: Track One in Functional Analysis, Track Two in Early Childhood Special Education, and Track Three in General Special Education (usually completed for candidates who have an endorsement in another area and are seeking to add an endorsement in special education). The Department of Special Education offers teaching endorsements in Special Education (pre-school-12) and Early Childhood Special Education (birth-3). After successfully completing nine credits of the program with a 3.00 GPA or higher in each course, candidates submit an application for candidacy. This application requires an advisor recommendation and faculty review.

Admissions

Each applicant must submit the following materials to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office:

  • 1) A completed application form (see the School of Education website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad) and non-refundable fee.
  • 2) A written statement of purpose addressing the applicant’s interest in graduate studies that relates to some area in the field, assessing the applicant’s current strengths, and describing what the applicant hopes to gain from a master’s degree program.
  • 3) Two letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommending persons to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office using the Confidential Recommendation form (see the School of Education website).
  • 4) A resumeé.
  • 5) An official transcript from each college or university attended (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy), final transcripts must bear a posted Bachelor's degree.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
  • 6) The official score from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general aptitude test or the Miller Analogies Test (must be less than five years old). This requirement may be waived if the applicant has an advanced degree, or graduated from the undergraduate Special Education program at Gonzaga University, or graduated from another program at Gonzaga University earning a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • 7) Submission of an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (minimum score of 80 if taken via internet) by each international applicant who graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
  • 8) Submission of a financial declaration form and supporting documentation by each international applicant.
  • 9) An interview with the Special Education faculty.

Prerequisite

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Program Outline: 32 credits
Core: 18-20 credits
EDSE 520 Applied Behavior Analysis 3 credits
EDSE 545 Special Education Policies and Procedures 3 credits
EDSE 575 Advanced Classroom Management 3 credits
EDSE 604 Assessment in Special Education 3 credits
EDSE 689 Professional Seminar 3 credits
EDSE 698 Research in Special Education 3 or 5 credits
(Three (3) credits for Track One and five (5) credits for Tracks Two and Three)
EDSE 699 Oral Comprehensive Examination 0 credit
One of the three following tracks:
Track One: 14 credits (Functional Analysis)
EDSE 670 Advanced Seminar in Functional Analysis 3 credits
EDSE 671 Behavioral Treatment in Clinical Settings 3 credits
EDSE 671L Behavioral Treatment in Clinical Settings Lab
1 credit
EDSE 672 Behavior Interventions in Natural Settings 3 credits
EDSE 672L Behavior Interventions in Natural Settings Lab
1 credit
EDSE 673 Supervision and Consultation 3 credits
Track Two: 12 credits (Early Childhood Special Education)
EDSE 560 Early Childhood Special Education 3 credits
EDSE 561 Physical Development 3 credits
EDSE 562 Language and Communication 3 credits
EDSE 565 Development of Children with Exceptionalities 3 credits
Track Three: 12 credits (General Special Education)
EDSE 501 Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities 3 credits
EDSE 522 Precision Teaching 3 credits
EDSE 551 Direct Instruction: Reading 3 credits
EDSE 552 Direct Instruction: Mathematics 3 credits
Students wishing to add an endorsement in Special Education must take:
EDSE 520 Applied Behavior Analysis 3 credits
EDSE 545
Special Education Policies and Procedures
3 credits
EDSE 575
Advanced Classroom Management
3 credits
EDSE 604
Assessment in Special Education
3 credits
All track three courses: 12 credits
EDSE 500 Graduate Teaching Certification
0 credit
EDSE 505 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience: Elementary 1 credit
EDSE 506

Special Education Applied Classroom Experience

1 credit
EDSE 507 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience: Secondary 1 credit
One of the following early childhood special education courses: 3 credits
EDSE 560 Early Childhood Special Education
EDSE 561 Physical Development
EDSE 562 Language and Communication
EDSE 565 Development of Children with Exceptionalities
One of the following two courses: 6 credits
EDSE 696 Student Teaching in Special Education
EDSE 697 Extended Student Teaching in Special Education (if student is not certified previously)

Certification requirements for the State of Washington frequently change. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the certification officer in the School of Education for the most current information regarding state certification.

Additional requirements will include:

  • 1) Completion of the Character and Fitness form.
  • 2) WSP/FBI clearances.
  • 3) Passing the Washington State West B (basic competency test) if the student is not already certified in the State of Washington.
  • 4) Acceptance into teacher certification.
  • 5) Completion of all other State of Washington certification requirements, such as passing the WEST E in each endorsement area the candidate is completing.

Electives

If a student previously took the equivalent of a core course or a course from the chosen track, then an elective course from the following special education courses may be substituted with the approval of the academic advisor, chairperson, and the dean.

Master of Initial Teaching (MIT) in Special Education

Program Director: Anjali Barretto

The Department of Special Education offers preparation for candidates with a Bachelor’s degree to seek certification in Special Education along with a masters degree. Candidates who enter the Master of Initial Teaching in Special Education focus on learning competencies for understanding students with disabilities, policies, and procedures regarding special education laws and compliance issues. Coursework and practicum experiences are linked in such a manner that candidates apply knowledge immediately in applied settings. The Department of Special Education offers initial teaching endorsements in Special Education (pre-school-12) and Early Childhood Special Education (birth-3).

Admissions

Each applicant must submit the following materials to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office:

  • 1) A completed application form (see the School of Education Website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad) and non-refundable fee.
  • 2) A written statement of purpose addressing the applicant’s interest in graduate studies that relates to some area in the field, assessing the applicant’s current strengths, and describing what the applicant hopes to gain from a master’s degree program.
  • 3) Two letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommending persons to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office using the Confidential Recommendation form (see the School of Education website).
  • 4) A resumeé.
  • 5) Two official transcripts from each college or university attended (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy), final transcripts must bear a psted Bachelor's degree.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
  • 6) The official score from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general aptitude test or the Miller Analogies Test (must be less than five years old). This requirement may be waived if the applicant has an advanced degree or graduated from the undergraduate Special Education program at Gonzaga University or graduated from another program at Gonzaga University earning a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • 7) Submission of an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (minimum score of 80 if taken via internet) by each international applicant who graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
  • 8) Submission of a financial declaration form and supporting documentation by each international applicant.
  • 9) An interview with the Special Education faculty.

Prerequisites

1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

2. Passing score on all three areas of the WEST B exam (content tested: reading, math, and writing)

3. Provisional acceptance may be given in some cases for one semester in order for candidates to complete necessary admission requirements.

Program Outline: 46 credits
1st Summer
EDSE 501 Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities 3 credits
EDTE 511 Instructional Foundation
3 credits
EDPE 517 Abuse Prevention 1 credit
1st Fall
EDSE 500 Graduate Teaching Certification
0 credit
EDSE 505 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience: Elementary
1 credit
EDSE 520
Applied Behavior Analysis 3 credits
EDSE 545 Special Education Policies and Procedures 3 credits
1st Spring
EDSE 506 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience
1 credit
EDSE 551 Direct Instruction Reading 3 credits
EDSE 552 Direct Instruction Mathematics 3 credits
2nd Summer
EDSE 698 Research in Special Education 4 credits
2nd Fall
EDSE 560 Early Childhood Special Education 3 credits
EDSE 575 Advanced Classroom Management 3 credits
EDSE 507 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience: Secondary 1 credit
2nd Spring
EDSE 522 Precision Teaching 3 credits
EDSE 604 Assessment in Special Education 3 credits
EDSE 697 Extended Advanced Special Education Teaching Practicum
6 credits
3rd Summer
EDSE 689 Professional Seminar 2 credits

Certification

In order to be eligible to receive an endorsement, the graduate candidate must be accepted into Teacher Certification. The candidate must also take and pass the necessary content course requirements, pass the WEST E in the specified content area of special education to obtain a Washington State teaching certificate and an endorsement to teach special education (P-12).