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School of Education Certification Programs


The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University offers graduate certification programs designed to prepare an individual for various opportunities in the field of education. Each program meets or exceeds the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Whether you want to earn certification as a teacher, school counselor, principal, program administrator, or school superintendent, there is a program for you.

Certification Programs

Alternative Routes to Certification/Master of Arts in Teaching (ARC)

ARC is a one-year intensive program for individuals with an undergraduate degree who want to earn both teaching certification and a master of arts degree in teaching concurrently. Learn more

ESA (School Counseling) Certification

The Education Staff Associate Certification Certification program is for those who hold a master's degree and want to serve as a counselor in P–12 schools. (It is also possible to earn an ESA Certificate with the MEd in School Counseling.) Learn more

Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS)

If you already have an undergraduate degree, the Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS) allows you to earn teaching certification with a mathematics or science endorsement concurrently with a master’s degree. Learn more

Principal Certification

The Principal Certification program is designed for people who have a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and either a Residency Teacher Certificate or an Educational Staff Associate Certificate, and who want to become a school principal. Learn more

Program Administrator Certification

The Program Administrator Certification program is designed for people who have a bachelor's degree and a master's degree (a Residency Teacher Certificate or Educational Staff Associate Certificate is not required) and want to pursue an administrative position in a school district central office, resource center, or other administrative center. Learn more

School Executive Leadership Program

The School Executive Leadership program is for individuals who do not hold teaching certificates and who want to pursue executive-level leadership positions within education. The program is identical to the Superintendent Certification program, except it does not lead to certification. (It is also possible to apply the credits from this program to the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree.) Learn more 

Superintendent Certification

The Superintendent Certification program is for individuals who hold teaching certificates and who want to pursue district-level administrative assignments in the P–12 school setting, such as superintendent, deputy superintendent, associate and assistant superintendent, director, and other similar roles. Learn more

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The Facts on Gainful Employment, Certification

Find gainful employment information for certification programs — including program enrollment, completion rate, cost, median debt levels, and job placement rates — on the Information and Data Management website.