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Whitworth University Literacy Center

The Whitworth Literacy Center is a primary site for training graduate and undergraduate students who are earning endorsements in special education or reading instruction through Whitworth University.

The Literacy Center provides assessment of academic skills and individualized and small-group instruction for elementary-aged students . . .

  • who have academic goals on their IEPs
  • who are learning English as a second language
  • or who are at risk of academic failure.

A certified special education teacher manages classroom activities, and a Whitworth University faculty member supervises practicum and advanced practicum students. The teaching focus is on reading and language arts using Direct Instruction curriculum materials and positive motivation systems.

A nine-week after-school program is offered during the fall and spring semesters. Elementary students attend Mondays and Wednesdays from either 4-5 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. on the Whitworth campus. The fall program generally runs from the last week of September through the first week of December, and the spring program generally runs from the last week of February through the first week of May.

A six-week summer program is also offered each year focusing on reading, language arts and math. Elementary students attend Monday-Thursday from either 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. each day. The summer program generally runs from the last week of June through the first week of August.

Full tuition prices are listed below. Partial, need-based scholarships are available.

  • Fall/spring tuition: $225/semester
  • Summer tuition: $360

Application and advanced registration are necessary, and enrollment is limited. Contact litcenter@whitworth.edu or 509.777.4574 for further information.

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