Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education

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

Web: https://www.seattleu.edu/education/

Cynthia B. Dillard, PhD, Dean
Manivong Ratts, PhD, Associate Dean


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

Department of Teaching, Learning, and Social Justice

  • Educational Administration
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Teacher Education

Department of Leadership and Professional Studies

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Educational and Organizational Learning and Leadership
  • Student Development Administration

Collaboration 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.

Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees/Programs Offered

See College of Education Catalog for:

Doctor of Education (EdD)
Education/Liberal Studies Teacher Education Specialization (EDLS)
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

With both undergraduate and graduate pathways to teacher certification, students interested in teaching should contact the Teacher Education Program office at (206) 296-5759 or visit the website seattleu.edu/education/  to ensure that they meet state requirements for an academic program as well as the specific requirements for admission into the EDLS and MIT programs.


Pre-Education is a program of advising and guidance that seeks to help undergraduate students prepare for application to either the undergraduate or graduate programs in education and for eventual careers in elementary or secondary school teaching.

The best preparation for teacher education programs 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 College of Education programs in teaching.

Undergraduate students interested in Pre-Education should contact their academic advisor in either the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies or Humanities programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at https://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/advising/pre-education/contacts/. Additional information can be found at https://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/undergraduate-degrees/interdisciplinary-liberal-studies/elementary-education-k-8/.

Graduate 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 Teacher Education Office at (206) 296-5759 or visit the website at https://www.seattleu.edu/education/mit/.

Education/Liberal Studies Teacher Specialization

The EDLS undergraduate specialization is distinguished by its persistent, developing and accumulated field experience culminating in clinical internship, and by proficiencies in science and math. Through field experiences, the specialization includes emphasis and experience on understanding how to serve a variety of students at the elementary level. Beginning in the junior year, students will begin taking education courses and internship experiences in the specialization’s partner school. With the successful completion of both BA and EDLS academic requirements, students will receive a Washington state residency K-8 teaching certificate.

Master in Teaching Program

Seattle University offers an innovative Master in Teaching (MIT) degree. Students interested in a teaching career should contact the Teacher Education Office at (206) 296-5759 or visit the Web site www.seattleu.edu/education/mit/degree-options/master-in-teaching/  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: