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  • M.A. and Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement
  • Only university in Washington with a degree in gifted education
  • Complete your specialty endorsement in one year
  • Online and on-campus options
  • Courses and institutes for professional development
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Whitworth Admissions Process

The Graduate Studies in Education Admissions Committee dedicates itself to a thorough, holistic review of each application. Our objective is to get to know each applicant as an individual who brings particular strengths and unique experiences to his/her program. This understanding helps us to determine whether you are a good fit for Whitworth — and whether Whitworth is a good fit for you.

An application and completion of prerequisite requirements are not necessary for those interested in taking courses for professional development.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Gifted and Talented

In order to apply for the M.A.T. degree, you must have...

  • completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 (2.7 for conditional admission) overall or in final 30 semester hours of study;
  • teaching certification.

Please follow the steps below to complete your application for our Master of Arts, Gifted and Talented Program.

  • Application and $35 Fee

    The online application has several components and gives you the opportunity to upload your résumé and essay, send recommendation requests to your references, and pay your $35 application fee.

    You also have the option of e-mailing your résumé and essay to us at a later time (graduateandcsadmissions@whitworth.edu).

  • GRE/MAT

    Whitworth accepts both the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and the Miller Analogy Test (MAT). Generally, scores in the 25th percentile or higher are preferred.

    In lieu of GRE/MAT scores, you may submit a one-page statement and supporting documentation of your readiness for graduate work in the areas tested by the GRE (verbal, quantitative and analytical). An example of supporting evidence for verbal ability is a writing sample completed during your undergraduate coursework. Quantitative evidence includes transcripts with a statistics course. Examples of analytical evidence include an additional writing sample, such as a lesson plan, that shows your ability to organize information, or a letter from a former instructor that speaks to your critical-thinking skills.

  • Résumé & Personal Essay

    On your résumé, please include both work experience and, where applicable, service activities and recognitions.

    We strongly recommend that M.A.T. Gifted applicants have teacher-certification and teaching experience. The admissions committee is especially interested in the quality of an applicant’s professional skills as evidenced in her/his level of responsibility, leadership, supervision and teamwork. The committee also considers the relevance of these skills both to the applicant's intended course of study at Whitworth and to the career goals as stated in the essays.

    Service, activities and recognition, such as public, community or military service, travel experiences, extracurricular activities, and any honors or awards received are important indicators of an applicant's motivation and character. The most appropriate place to include this information is on your résumé.

    Personal Essay

    The essay is a critical component for assessing an applicant’s motivation for attending Whitworth’s Master of Arts in Teaching the Gifted Program; it sums up the applicant’s background and goals, as well as his/her communication and presentation skills. In your essay, you are asked to respond to three particular questions: Why are you interested in the master’s degree? How will this degree be of benefit to you in your professional role? What do you believe you would contribute as a member of the graduate student body at Whitworth University?

    Your essay should be no more than two pages. A strong essay will convey careful research on Whitworth and enthusiasm for the program.

  • Recommendations

    Recommendations should come from individuals who have a superior working knowledge of the applicant, should be professional in nature, and should speak to the applicant's professional work, qualities, career potential and likelihood of success in the classroom.

    Two professional recommendations (one from a supervisor) are required, using the form provided. In addition, a typed, signed letter from a supervisor (or other appropriate person) that supports your participation in the program and its benefits to your professional development is required. This letter is not a confidential recommendation.

  • Transcripts & Certifications

    Though a student’s GPA is reviewed for probability of academic success, we understand that undergraduate GPAs, particularly those from several years ago, may not reflect your current ability or commitment to academic success.

    Order official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended; have them sent directly to the address below:

    Whitworth University, Graduate Admissions
    300 W. Hawthorne Rd.
    Spokane, WA 99251

    A copy of your current teaching certificate is also required. Send a photocopy to the address above, or e-mail a scanned copy to: graduateandcsadmissions@whitworth.edu.

Application requirements for the specialty endorsement only

Please follow the steps below to complete your application for our Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement Program.

  • Application and $35 Fee

    The online application has several components and gives you the opportunity to pay your $35 application fee.

  • Transcripts & Certifications

    Though a student’s GPA is reviewed for probability of academic success, we understand that undergraduate GPAs, particularly those from several years ago, may not reflect your current ability or commitment to academic success.

    Order official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended; have them sent directly to the following address:

    Whitworth University, Graduate Admissions
    300 W. Hawthorne Rd.
    Spokane, WA 99251

    A copy of your current Teaching Certificate is also required. Send a photocopy to the address above or email a scanned copy to: gifted@whitworth.edu.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Your decision about how to finance your education is an important one. Whitworth provides dedicated staff to help you navigate the process. From the moment you submit your inquiry to the moment when you complete the application process, Whitworth’s financial aid staff is available to assist you.

  • Financial Aid

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available to Whitworth students to support their investment in their graduate education. Students do not have to be in a low-income category to qualify, but they do need to apply to be considered for financial aid. The Whitworth Financial Aid Office (509.777.3215) is eager to assist you in determining the best way to fund your education.

    Students applying for financial aid of any kind must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. List Whitworth University on the FAFSA along with the school title IV code, which is 003804. Only domestic and permanent residents are eligible for financial aid through the FAFSA.

    Note: According to federal guidelines, a student taking graduate-level endorsement courses is not automatically considered a graduate student. A student who is completing an endorsement, such as the Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement, as part of a Whitworth graduate program will be considered a graduate student as long as the student has been admitted to a Whitworth graduate program and is working toward a graduate degree. Half-time status for graduate students is three credits. Half-time students are eligible for graduate-level Stafford Loans. Contact the Whitworth Financial Aid Office at finaid@whitworth.edu or call 800.533.4668 if you have questions.

    Tuition

    Whitworth’s current tuition is $575 per graduate-level credit. Students should anticipate a small increase in tuition each year they attend.

    Scholarships

    There are scholarships available specifically for graduate students in education. Please refer to the financial aid website for a complete list.

    Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement Scholarships: Any student who is working on the Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement is invited to apply for a scholarship that covers 25 percent of tuition costs on courses for the specialty endorsement. This scholarship may not be used in conjunction with other Whitworth-sponsored aid.

    Payment Options

    Payment options, including monthly payments, are available with a minimal set-up fee. Contact the Whitworth Student Accounting Services Office at stuaccts@whitworth.edu for information.

  • Assistance for Veterans

    The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which offers federal benefits, is designed to provide substantial educational benefits to servicemen and women. It covers a large part of the cost of a Whitworth degree. Visit our website to learn more about the veteran education benefits available to you.

    Whitworth's veterans advisor in the registrar's office (509.777.3798) can assist you in determining your eligibility. The Whitworth Financial Aid Office will then work with you to ensure that you receive the proper assistance.