Chairperson: Kimberly Weber
Master of Education in Special Education
Program Director: Anjali Barretto
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. Areas of focus include General Special Education and Behavior Analysis (BA). The general focus is used for those seeking to expand their know regarding the field in a variety of areas. Those who are already certificated teachers may choose to add a Special Education (SpEd) endorsement (p-12). Those with a SpEd endorsement may choose to add an Early Childhood Special Education (birth-3rd grade) endorsement. Those who complete the Behavior Analysis focus often become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). The Behavior Analysis program is an approved verified course sequence (VCS). After successfully completing nine credits of the program with a 3.00 GPA or higher in each course, candidates submit an application for candidacy.
Each applicant must submit the following materials to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office:
- A completed application form (see the School of Education website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad) and non-refundable fee.
- A written statement of purpose addressing the applicant’s interest in graduate studies that relates to one or more areas in the field, assessing the applicant’s current strengths, and describing what the applicant hopes to gain from a master’s degree program. Please see the website for specific content to be addressed in the written statement.
- Two letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommending persons to the Graduate Enrollment Management Office using the Confidential Recommendation form (see the School of Education website). Letters of recommendation must submitted by someone (a non- relative) who can attest to the applicants work performance.
- A resume. The resume should provide a total number of hours including the time period along with a short description of work experience with individuals with special needs.
- 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.
- The official score from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general aptitude test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (must be less than five years old) or applicant may submit total a number of hours spent working with individuals with special needs. Those who do not submit GRE scores will automatically be evaluated based on experience working with individuals with special needs as provided in their resume and written statement. The GRE requirement may be waived if the applicant has an advanced degree.
- An interview with the special education faculty.
- Submission of an official TOEFL score of 88ibt. 580 (written) or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Completion of Gonzaga University’s ESL program will also satisfy the language requirement.
- A copy of the applicant’s passport.
- Completed financial declaration form with original supporting bank documents or official letter from sponsoring agency.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
Program Outline: 32 creditsCore: 9 credits One of the following two courses:
|EDSE 520 Applied Behavior Analysis
|EDSE 675 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis||3 credits|
|*EDSE 675 required for those seeking the BCBA|
|Required Core courses:
|EDSE 689 Professional Seminar||3 credits|
|EDSE 698 Research in Special Education||3 credits|
|EDSE 699 Oral Comprehensive Examination||0 credit|
BCBA Emphasis: 23 credits
|EDSE 669 Ethics on Behavior Analysis I||1 credit|
|EDSE 671 Behavioral Assessment & Intervention||4 credits|
|EDSE 672 Assessment & Intervention in Natural Settings||4 credits|
|EDSE 673 Supervision and Consultation||3 credits|
|EDSE 674 Ethics on Behavior Analysis||2 credits|
|EDSE 676 Measure & Single Case Design||3 credits|
|ESDE 677 Behavior Change||3 credits|
|ESDE course elective (cannot be ESDE 520)||3 credits|
General Emphasis: 23 credits
|EDSE 501 Psych of Child w/Exception*||3 credits|
|Applied Experience - Combination totaling 150 hours
|1 credit per 30 hours = 5 credits
|Student may take 1-3 credits per term
|EDSE 505 Special Education Applied Classroom Exp Elem|
|EDSE 506 Special Education Applied Classroom Exp|
|EDSE 507Special Education Applied Classroom Exp Sec|
|ESDE 508 Clinical Exp & Supervision|
|*Student who have an undergraduate course equivalent|
|may take an additional elective course to meet requirement|
|For those who have earned a Master's Degree in a
|related field and are seeking to become a BCBA, we
|offer the following courses that meet the VCS.
|EDSE 669 Ethics on Behavior Analysis I||1 credit|
|EDSE 671 Behavioral Assess and Intervention||4 credits|
|EDSE 672 Assess and Intervention in Natural Setting||4 credits|
|EDSE 673 Supervision and Consultation||3 credits|
|EDSE 674 Ethics on Behavior Analysis II||2 credits|
|EDSE 675 Adv Applied Behavior Analysis||3 credits|
|EDSE 676 Measurement and Single Case Design||3 credits|
|EDSE 677 Behavior Change||3 credits|
Students wishing to add an endorsement in Special Education must already be certified in a different endorsement area in the State of WA and take the following courses:
|EDSE 520 Applied Behavior Analysis||3 credits|
|EDSE 540 Special Education Policies and Procedures||3 credits|
|EDSE 665 Advanced Classroom Management||3 credits|
|EDSE 617 Assessment in Special Education||3 credits|
|EDSE 610 Precision Teaching||3 credits|
|EDSE 651 Direction Instruction: Reading||3 credits|
|EDSE 652 Direct Instruction: Math||3 credits|
|EDSE 505 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience: Elementary||1-3 credits|
|EDSE 506 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience||1-6 credits|
|EDSE 507 Special Education Applied Classroom Experience: Secondary||1-3 credits|
|One of the following early childhood special education courses: 3 credits|
EDSE 550 Early Childhood Special Education
EDSE 561 Physical Development
EDSE 562 Language and Communication
EDSE 553 Development of Children with Exceptionalities
EDSE 696 Student Teaching in Special Education: (A minimum of 450 hours and 9 weeks of full-time teaching is required. This is a full term course.)
Certification requirements for the State of Washington frequently change. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Certification Director in the School of Education for the most current information regarding State certification.
Additional requirements include:
- Must hold a valid WA State Teaching Certificate. (Certificate must not be expired.)
- Must have a current eCertification Account.
- Must take the West-E exam in Special Education prior to student teaching.
- Must receive a C or better in all courses required for certification.
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.
In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.
The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.
Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?
- The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).
- Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
- Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
- Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
- Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.
Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?
- Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
- Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .
Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?
- Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?”
- Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).
The Broadening Courses
- Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
- Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.
- Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum
All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.