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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education

Accreditation Pre-Education
Objectives Master in Teaching Program
Graduate Degrees and Programs Offered Elementary Certification (K-8)
Teacher Education Secondary Certification (5-12)

Deanna Sands, EdD, Dean
Ivan Hutton, PhD, Associate Dean
SusanEllen Bacon, PhD, Associate Dean,
Professional Development/Continuing Education Programs


The graduate programs of the College of Education are organized into the following four departments:

Counseling and School Psychology
Jackie Liebsohn, PhD, Chairperson

  • Counseling
  • School Psychology

Teaching and Learning
John Chattin-McNichols, PhD, Chairperson

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Literacy for Special Needs
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education

Professional Studies
Carol L. Weaver, PhD, Chairperson

  • Adult Education and Training
  • Educational Administration
  • Student Development Administration
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Educational Leadership
John Jacob Zucker Gardiner, PhD, Chairperson

  • Educational Leadership

Close cooperation exists among all departments, schools, and colleges of the university in working out programs of preparation for undergraduate students who desire a career in teaching.


The College of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and all programs leading to Washington State P-12 certificates are approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board.


The mission of the College of Education is to prepare ethical and reflective professionals for quality service in diverse communities. These professionals will contribute positively to the values, principles, and practices of their communities, workplaces, and professional associations.

The teacher preparation program is a graduate-level program leading to Washington teaching certificates in elementary education and in a variety of secondary school subjects. Also available are programs to prepare teachers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, literacy/reading, and special education. See the Graduate Catalog or call the Education Office for details.

Through reciprocal agreements, College of Education graduates also qualify for certification in many other states.

Graduate Degrees and Programs Offered

See Graduate Catalog for:
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Educational Specialist (EdS)
Master of Arts in Education (MA)
Master of Education (MEd)
Master in Teaching (MIT)
Post-Master’s Certificates
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Teacher Education

Although there is no undergraduate degree in education, students interested in teaching should contact the Master in Teaching program at (206) 296-5759 or visit the website seattleu.edu/coe/mit to ensure that they meet state requirements for an academic program as well as the specific requirements for admission into the MIT program.


Pre-Education is a program of advising and guidance that seeks to help undergraduate students prepare for application to graduate programs in education and for eventual careers in elementary or secondary school teaching. The Pre-Education advising program in the College of Education is intended primarily for undergraduate students who are not enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching program in the Matteo Ricci College.

The best preparation for graduate programs in education is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate students interested in elementary or secondary teaching must declare a major in the field in which they are most interested and for which they are best suited. The student’s program of studies must be approved by the academic advisor in the major department. A major in liberal studies is considered excellent preparation for those interested in applying to master’s level programs for elementary (K-8) teaching. For those interested in secondary (5-12) teaching, students are advised to pursue an undergraduate major in the area in which they wish to teach.

In advising pre-education students, the College of Education stresses the development of strong writing skills and the completion of a menu of courses and service activities including volunteer experiences in K-12 schools that will help students present a strong portfolio when applying to graduate programs in teaching.

Students interested in Pre-Education should attend an information session for the College of Education’s Master in Teaching (MIT) program and then make an appointment with the Pre-Education Advisor. Students are encouraged to contact the Pre-Education Advisor early in their undergraduate careers. For more information, please contact the MIT program at (206) 296-5759 or visit the website at seattleu.edu/coe/mit.

Master in Teaching Program

Seattle University offers an innovative Master in Teaching (MIT) degree. Students interested in a teaching career should contact the MIT program at (206) 296-5759 or visit the Web site seattleu.edu/coe/mit to ensure that they meet state requirements for an academic major as well as the specific requirements for MIT admission.

Elementary Certification (K-8)

To earn a certificate to teach kindergarten through eighth grade, the elementary certification candidate must have completed an undergraduate degree with a strong liberal arts foundation, including courses in language arts, science, math, and social science.

Secondary Certification (5-12)

To earn a certificate to teach fifth through twelfth grade, the secondary certification candidate must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in an academic major represented in the table below that corresponds to their area of desired certification (e.g., someone wanting to teach biology must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in biology). Candidates with a degree in a closely related area (e.g., engineering or environmental studies) must call the Master in Teaching Administrative Assistant at (206) 296-5759 to arrange an appointment.

The following majors are suitable for 5-12 or K-12 certification through Seattle University:

Endorsement in Content Subject Area

Grade Level(s)

Biology 5 – 12
Chemistry 5 – 12
Designated Arts:
Theater Arts (Drama) K – 12
Visual Arts K – 12
Designated World Languages:
French K – 12
German K – 12
Japanese K – 12
Spanish K – 12
Earth Science 5 – 12
Elementary education K – 8
English as a second language K – 12
English Language Learners (ELL) 5 – 12
History 5 – 12
Mathematics 5 – 12
Middle Level Humanities 4 - 9
Middle Level Mathematics 4 - 9
Middle Level Science 4 - 9
Physics 5 – 12
Reading K – 12
Science 5 – 12
Social Studies 5 – 12
Special Education K – 12

Endorsement forms are available as pdf documents for review and download at http://www.seattleu.edu/coe/certificates.aspx?id=6928&terms=forms