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 resume.
    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 master's 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 resume.
      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 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.
      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.

    • Prerequisites
      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).