School of Education
William Rowley, Dean of the School of Education
The mission of the SPU 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 vision of the SPU School of Education is to influence the
region, the nation, and the world through the preparation of educational
leaders for public and private schools.
The primary purpose of the undergraduate program in the School
of Education is to prepare competent teachers who integrate
academic training and Christian faith with professional practice.
School of Education programs are accredited by the National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Certification
programs in the School of Education are also accredited by the
Washington State Board of Education and meet residency requirements
for Washington state elementary and secondary teaching
The basic certification programs in the School of Education
reflect an underlying philosophy and knowledge base that permeates
all courses and field experiences. This knowledge base
consists of two elements: (1) the theoretical and philosophical
foundations of education drawn from the social and behavioral
sciences; and (2) the effective teaching and schooling research. The
following categories shape the competency base for the residency
certification programs at SPU. These categories contain national,
state, and Seattle Pacific competencies for teachers:
Category I: Establish and maintain a positive student-focused learning environment. Demonstrate sensitivity to human diversity in teaching and relationships with students, parents, and the community.
Category II: Design and adapt challenging curriculum that is responsive to students’ cognitive, social, and moral development.
Category III: Use effective teaching practices.
Category IV: Use appropriate assessments to monitor and improve instruction.
Category V: Integrate technology into instruction and assessment.
Category VI: Use information on student performance to advise and involve students and families; inform, involve, and collaborate with families to support student success.
Category VII: Evaluate effects of a student’s teaching through feedback and reflection. Establish goals for professional improvement.
Category VIII: Demonstrate skills, knowledge, and attitudes that contribute to professional, ethical behavior.
Overview of Residency Teacher Certification
The professional program leading to residency teacher certification
at SPU consists of three parts:
- The Foundations and Methods Courses
- The Skills Courses
- The Applications Courses
The Foundations/Methods quarters consist of the theory and
background of teaching with only limited application. The skills
courses are non-blocked requirements that support the methods
courses. The application courses focus on applying the theory and
background learned in the Foundations/Methods quarters.
Degree Requirements for Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students must complete all the requirements for a
bachelorís degree in addition to the certification program.
Elementary Certification.Students pursuing elementary certification may major in any subject area. Some broad field majors specifically available, although not required, for elementary certification are family and consumer sciences, fine and applied arts, language arts, mathematics, general science, and social science.
Secondary Certification. Students pursuing secondary certification need to work closely with the certification coordinator to make sure all endorsement requirements are being met. Please see the certification coordinator in the School of Education for more information.
K–12 Certification.Some endorsements lead to K–12 certification. These include art, drama, foreign languages, music, health/fitness, and special education. Students obtaining a K–12 endorsement in art, music or health/fitness will complete one quarter of internship at the elementary level and another quarter of internship at the secondary level.
All transfer students are required to take the entire certification
program at SPU. Any exceptions must be approved through substitution
and petition processes in the School of Education. If substitutions
and petitions are granted, a minimum of 26 credits, including
the internship, must be completed as a regularly enrolled student
Upon arrival at SPU and prior to registration, transfer students
should meet with the certification coordinator regarding course
substitution requirements and procedures.
Students pursuing certification after receiving a bachelorís degree
from an accredited institution recognized by the state of Washington
do not have to earn a second degree. However, they must still
meet state requirements for an endorsement and be approved by
the School of Education.
To complete the residency certification program in a timely manner,
students need competent academic advice. The School of Education
provides individual sessions with the certification
coordinator to answer questions and help with the certification
process. As soon as a student identifies a desire to be a teacher, he
or she should make arrangements to
make an appointment for advising by calling 206-281-2214.
Admission to the School of Education
A student enrolling in the Foundations Quarter is considered a
tentative candidate for admission to the School of Education.
Before the Methods Quarter, the student is asked to prepare a
formal application for full admission to the School of Education.
The student may continue the sequence of courses leading to
certification upon full admission to the School of Education and
fulfillment of the prerequisites to the appropriate quarters.
To achieve admission to the School of Education, a candidate
must do the following:
- Complete the Foundations Quarter, achieving a B average
with no grade lower than a C. The prerequisite coursework
must be no more than five years old.
- Receive a favorable recommendation from the Foundations
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a 3.3 GPA in the last 45
credits of college or university work.
- Receive passing scores on all three sections of the Washington
Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B).
- Take the appropriate WEST-E/Praxis ll test.
- File a formal application for admission to the School of
Most classes in the certification program require School of Education
permission to register. Before registering, students must go to
the School of Education office to fill out any necessary paperwork
and confirm appropriate prerequisites have been passed. No
appointment is necessary for this process.
Upon successful completion of the residency certification program,
the Seattle Pacific University School of Education recommends
candidates to the state of Washington for teacher certification.
Though SPU makes recommendations to the state, the state issues
the certificate not the School of Education. All teacher certification
candidates are subject to Washington requirements for the residency
teaching certificate. These requirements may be changed by
the state and override anything stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see
the education office for updates on state requirements.
Internship Placement and Supervision Policy
Students anticipating teaching internships should be aware of the
School of Education school-site placement policy:
- Internship sites will be selected from districts within 50 miles
of Seattle Pacific University that have contractual internship
agreements with SPU. In an effort to facilitate supervision,
attempts will be made to place groups of interns near each
- Interns will be placed in settings that are new to them in an
effort to broaden their school experience. Schools where
interns have been students, or parents of students, volunteers,
aides, or coaches will not generally be considered.
- Since internships must be arranged in cooperation with
school personnel, the School of Education cannot guarantee
that an internship will be provided in a certain quarter. Every
attempt will be made to assign students to their preferred
quarters as space permits.
- Internships not directly supervised by SPU School of Education
faculty will not be provided.
Internship Professional Expectations
- Interns will be responsible for filing written notification of
any changes in their internship plans at least five weeks
prior to the first quarter of the scheduled internship. Failing
to do so may jeopardize placement.
- It is strongly recommended that students not be employed
during the integrated and internship quarters because of the time and professional demands of the internship program.
During these quarters students may not enroll in other
- Interns are expected to provide their own transportation to
the internship school sites.
Moral Character and Personal Fitness Policy
Teacher certification programs at SPU include experiences working
closely with children in public and private schools. The protection of
children is a paramount concern. Consequently, the School of Education
reserves the right to refuse placement of any SPU student in
any field experience. Any SPU student registering for any School of
Education course that involves working with children does so with
the following understanding:
- Admission to the course and subsequent placement with
children may be denied if fitness for such a placement is
questionable in the exclusive judgment of the University.
- The student may be required to withdraw from the course,
practicum experience, or the certification program should the
School of Education receive information during the course of
a practicum placement that raises a concern about the fitness
of the person to work with children.
- Information received about the fitness of the student working
with children may be shared with the school district to
determine if a placement can and should be made or
- Ultimately, the SPU School of Education cannot override
school districts, and practicum placements are dependent on
school district cooperation and subject to school-district
- Denial of, or removal from, a practicum setting due to lack of
fitness to work with children will result in a denial of admission
to the teacher education program or in being dropped
from a program if a student has already been admitted.
- In addition to satisfying the requirements of SPU, in order to
receive certification, good moral character, and person fitness
must be established by each student with Washington
stateís Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction,
Office of Professional Practice.
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