Applying to the Residency Teacher Certification Program
If you plan to earn a Residency Teacher Certificate through the SPU School of Education, you will need to complete a series of steps to enroll in the program.
Application and Admittance to SPU
When you fill out the Common Application for admission to Seattle Pacific, indicate your interest in the School of Education and teaching. You can indicate interest in the Residency Teacher Certification Program in the School of Education at the same time that you apply to SPU.
Prerequisites to Foundations Quarter
There are prerequisites to enrolling in the Foundations Quarter of the Residency Teacher Certificate Program. You must be a sophomore (45-plus credits) with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or a GPA of 3.0 in your last 30 credits. You must fill out the Foundations Quarter Application and submit it to the School of Education. The application packet includes basic questions about you and questions pertaining to character and fitness required to work in a school setting. When you submit your application, you will begin a file with the School of Education.
You should signal your interest in taking Foundations Quarter (and each subsequent quarter of the program) by signing up in the School of Education office one quarter prior to when you would like to take Foundations Quarter.
Application to the Residency Teacher Certification Program
Formal application to the Residency Teacher Certification Program in the School of Education begins in a class session during Foundations Quarter. You will be given the application and receive guidance on how to complete it and when it is due. You’ll learn whether you have been accepted into the program before you begin Methods Quarter. You may contact the School of Education at any time with application inquiries.
Application to Your Major
Students who desire to become teachers must major in a discipline other than Education. There is a separate process for applying to your chosen major, which for most disciplines consists of filling out the Application for a Major or Minor (PDF) and submitting it to the school in which the major is housed. Prerequisites and requirements for majors are specified in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog. The School of Education houses only one major, Special Education.
Transfer students are required to take the entire Residency Teacher Certification Program at SPU. Any exceptions need to be approved through substitution and petition processes in the School of Education. Prior to registration at Seattle Pacific, you should meet with the certification advisor for information about course substitution requirements and procedures.
The post-baccalaureate certification program is a professional program leading to a Washington state Residency Teaching Certificate for teacher candidates who already have a four-year degree. Teacher candidates for this program do not have to earn a second degree. However, prior to beginning the certification program, you must meet School of Education admission requirements. (Please see the Certification Advisor for information on current requirements).
To start this program, your first step is to schedule an advising appointment with the Certification Advisor to learn more about the admission process through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Appointments with the advisor can be scheduled by calling 206-281-2214. Interested candidates are also encouraged to explore the graduate certification programs that, in most cases, are most time and cost efficient and result in a graduate degree along with teacher certification.
Why I Teach at SPU
Debby Hudson, Assistant Professor of Special Education; Chair, Special Education
"I teach at SPU because here my passion and dedication to educate children with special needs – with strengths, interests, and the ability to learn – may be taught to SPU students under the guidance and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here, I may include the wisdom and strength of the Holy Scripture in lessons to enhance the understanding and inclusion of all children, regardless of disability or illness, in our schools and society as a whole."