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As a community of learners, Seattle Pacific University is committed to evangelical Christian faith and values, and to excellence in teaching and scholarship for the intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth of students. The mission of Seattle Pacific's School of Education is to prepare educators for service and leadership in schools and communities by developing their professional competence and character within a framework of Christian faith and values. The following conceptual framework has been adopted by the SPU School of Education to explain in more detail how we understand our mission. It describes the abilities, skills, and knowledge that we expect graduates of our program to be able to demonstrate.

  1. Foundational knowledge and skills. Articulate key philosophies, theories, concepts, values, principles, and facts, and demonstrate the essential skills that underlie the content of the professional discipline and vocational goal for which you are being prepared.
  2. Leadership. Demonstrate the ability to motivate and direct others, to create and support principle-based ideas, to accomplish tasks in group situations, and to help teams achieve goals. Demonstrate the ability to manage goals to completion.
  3. Communication. Demonstrate the ability to listen, speak, read, and write with integrity, and effectively use traditional and new media. Make connections that create meaning between yourself and your audience.
  4. Analysis and problem solving. Demonstrate the ability to separate an idea or incident into its component parts. Individually, or as a part of a team, use values and the skills of the discipline for developing a theory or solution, and evaluate its effectiveness.
  5. Professionalism. Demonstrate a commitment to vocational integrity, the goals of the discipline, activity in the professional community, and continued professional development.
  6. Impact on student learning. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate programs, activities, or lessons appropriate to the professional role for which you are being prepared and that have a measurable direct or indirect positive impact on student learning.


All degrees are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Washington State Board of Education.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Early program admission is required. Ideally, the graduate application and other necessary items should be filed with The Graduate Center one quarter before the quarter in which program coursework will begin, so that the process of admission will be completed before initial enrollment.

However, all application items, including test scores, should be filed with the graduate program manager in the School of Education by the first week of the quarter in which program coursework is to begin. In addition to general requirements of the University, specific program admission requirements include verification that a program for teacher's certification was completed. Applicants to degree programs should obtain a score of 385 or better on the MAT, or 950 or better on the GRE (verbal plus quantitative).

Applicants to "certification only" programs must have completed a master's or other advanced degree. Admission and application materials may be obtained from The Graduate Center by calling 206-281-2091 or 800-601-0603.

Newly admitted students will be charged a one-time e-folio assessment fee at the time that they enroll for their first course.

Note: The school counseling, doctoral, master of arts in teaching, and the Executive Leadership and Superintendent Certification programs each have specific admission dates. Refer to each respective program's information for its admission date and specific application requirements.


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