Dec 03, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education

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


Paulette Kidder, PhD, Interim Dean
Brendon Taga, MEd, JD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs



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

Counseling and School Psychology

  • Counseling
  • School Psychology

Teaching and Learning

  • Educating Non-Native English Speakers
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education

Leadership and Professional Studies

  • Adult Education and Training
  • Educational Administration
  • Student Development Administration

Educational Leadership

  • 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.



Guided by Seattle University’s Jesuit tradition, the mission of the College of Education is to prepare ethical and reflective professionals for excellent service in diverse communities. These professionals will contribute positively to the values, principles and practices of their communities, workplaces and professional associations.

These five principles, integral to the Mission Statement, guide decision-making:

  1. The College of Education strives to be a scholarly learning community of students, staff and faculty characterized by collegiality and collaboration.
  2. The College of Education strives to lead by collaboratively serving others from a grounding in the ethics and values of the Jesuit tradition.
  3. The College of Education strives to provide a curriculum relevant to the needs of its profession and the greater society and supported by the best practice and research.
  4. The College of Education strives to welcome and represent the diversity of our society through its teaching, programs, students, and personnel.
  5. The College of Education strives to produce graduates who are compassionate and effective professionals in their respective areas of preparation.

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 (MA)
Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)
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 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 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, emphasis is placed on 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

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  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
Japanese K - 12
Spanish K - 12
Earth and Space Science 5 - 12
Elementary education K - 8
English - Language Arts 5-12
English Language Learners (ELL) K - 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: