General Special Education Emphasis
The General Special Education emphasis is ideal for someone with a K-12 teaching credential who wishes to become an expert in the field of special education. The Gonzaga Special Education faculty view the education of individual learners as a science, as well as an art. The program concentrates on the skills needed for professional placement in integrated settings, resource rooms, and self-contained classrooms. In addition, candidates are taught to communicate effectively, provide informed ethical advice to families, and act as an advocate for the full inclusion of all individuals.
Outcomes: Candidates are trained to become scholars and researchers who can critically evaluate teaching strategies and curricula then communicate those findings to families and the professional community.
Length: The program is 32 credits and typically completed in two years. Courses are taught primarily by full-time faculty.
Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement: Students can choose to add an early childhood special education endorsement while completing the program. This would allow students to work with individuals from birth to 2-years old.