School of Education

Alternative Routes to Certification for School Employees (ARCSE)

Shape the future. Change the world.

As a school employee, you’ve made the decision to build upon your knowledge and skills with a program dedicated to preparing effective teachers for life-long careers as educators in their local schools. Let’s get started!

At a Glance

  • check mark icon Upcoming Application Deadline 2/1/2020 for Regular Admission
  • check mark icon Accreditation - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    - Professional Education Standards Board approved program
  • check mark icon Expected Time to Completion 12 months
  • check mark icon Format This program is fully online; cohorts begin each summer.
  • check mark icon Credits to Graduate 45

Program Overview


THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION DIFFERENCE

Seattle Pacific was founded more than 125 years ago, and the University has been preparing some of the most sought-after educators in the region for more than 90 years. Today, entrance to School of Education graduate programs is highly competitive. Faculty members – each teaching his or her own courses and each holding a doctorate – have worked to develop rigorous programs of quality.

The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University offers more than a dozen graduate programs. You can choose from three doctoral programs, seven master’s degree programs, and five certification programs, all of which focus on developing competence, character, leadership, and service in educators. While many students train to become teachers, others prepare for roles as school counselors, principals, superintendents, district office personnel, or professors in higher education. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington and across the country is strong, and students who complete our graduate degree and certificate programs enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

Why Seattle Pacific for your Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification?

SPU’s School of Education has been offering alternative routes to teacher certification since 2002. Hundreds of teachers have been prepared for work in classrooms across Washington through our alternative route offerings. Besides being SPU’s most affordable option for attaining teacher certification, the defining characteristic our alternative routes teacher preparation model is 180 days of student teaching. Designed for the working professional, the ARC program is a one year, (four quarters) online program. This program culminates with a Residency Teacher Certificate without a master's degree.

  1. Accomplished Faculty

    Expert, caring faculty have a desire to help students succeed. Faculty are known for mentoring their students during and following their educational programs. These professors model lifelong learning through scholarly activities of their own, publishing frequently, and presenting at professional conferences.

  2. AACU Membership

    Seattle Pacific is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. SPU certification programs are approved by the Washington state Professional Educator Standards Board. The School of Education is also a member of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and has a chapter, Sigma Phi Upsilon, of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling.

  3. Deep Character Emphasis

    Built on an character education foundation, the graduate programs at SPU offer first-class education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Students take ethics courses, and character issues are integrated throughout the curriculum.

  4. Flexible Format

    The ARC program is a one year (four quarters) all online program to certification that begins in late June. Courses are flexible and follow the university quarter schedule. The program typically includes weekly modules of content to complete. 

  5. Connected Alumni

    School of Education graduates move on to purposeful careers in schools and district-level leadership throughout the country. When you obtain a graduate degree from SPU’s School of Education, you join a community of alumni who stay connected.

ARCSE Coordinator

Kirsten Koetje

Teacher Education Instructor/ARC Coordinator
MAT, University of Puget Sound

Email: koetjek@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2293
Office: Peterson Hall 405

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Curriculum

All courses are offered online.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE & COHORT INFO

The ARC program starts and ends every year in June, covering four quarters. It is designed to be completed entirely online, though there will be some face-to-face opportunities to connect with faculty and your cohort.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Summer Session: Late June to mid-August

  • Two Core Classes (5 credits) 
    • EDU 6150 Planning, Instruction, and Assessment I 
    • EDU 6918 Intro to Teaching
  • Two Teacher Development Plan Classes (6 credits)
    • Behavior Management,
    • Human Development 

Autumn Quarter: September to December

  • One Core Class and Student Teaching (7 credits) 
    • EDU 6134 Professional Issues
    • EDU 6945 Residency Student Teaching Internship 
  • Two Teacher Development Plan Classes (6 credits) 
    • Assessment
    • Educational Technology 

Winter Quarter: January to March 

  • Student Teaching (5 credits)
    • EDU 6945 Residency Student Teaching Internship 
  • One Teacher Development Plan Class (3 credits) 
    • Content-Specific Instructional Strategies 

Spring Quarter: March to June 

  • One Core Class and Student Teaching (7 credits) 
    • EDU 6139 Internship Seminar
    • EDU 6945 Residency Student Teaching Internship  
  • Two Teacher Development Plan Classes (6 credits) 
    • Diversity
    • Literacy

COURSE SEQUENCE EXAMPLE

Summer Quarter: Late June to mid-August

Core classes

  • EDU 6150 Planning, Instruction, and Assessment I
  • EDU 6918 Introduction to Teaching
  • —5 credits

Teacher Development Plan subjects

  • Behavior Management, Human Development
  • —6 credits

Autumn Quarter: Late September to early December

Core classes

  • EDU 6134 Professional Issues
  • EDU 6945 Residency Student Teaching Internship – Supervised Student Teaching
  • —7 credits

Teacher Development Plan subjects

  • Assessment, Educational Technology
  • —6 credits

Winter Quarter: early January to mid-March

Core classes

  • EDU 6945 Residency Student Teaching Internship – Supervised Student Teaching
  • —5 credits

Teacher Development Plan subject

  • Content-Specific Instructional Strategies
  • —3 credits

Spring Quarter: Late March to early June

Core classes

  • EDU 6139 Internship Seminar
  • EDU 6945 Residency Student Teaching Internship – Supervised Student Teaching
  • —7 credits

Teacher Development Plan subjects

  • Diversity, Literacy
  • —6 credits
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Continuing Education

To meet the changing needs of adult learners, Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of programs and courses to meet the needs of today's professionals. With competitive credit and program rates, these personal and professional development opportunities make lifelong learning very affordable. As the largest provider of continuing education credits for teachers in Washington State, SPU's Center for Professional Education is focused on the current needs of K-12 educators.

Courses taken for credit and numbered at the 5000 level are graduate-level courses and are designed primarily with the needs of teachers and other professionals in mind for the purpose of meeting certification, endorsement, district pay lane requirements and other professional needs. These Graduate-level courses may be considered to meet elective requirements in some cases.

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Costs

TUITION AND FEES FOR 2019–20

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$200 or $625

per credit, course dependent

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$50

application fee

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35-45

credits to complete

The estimated cost of tuition is between $16,-000-$18,000* (more for dual endorsing candidates such as special education and elementary). 

*Candidates may be required to take additional content-area courses prior to enrolling in the program depending on their undergraduate major and chosen endorsement(s).

FINANCIAL AID

Before applying for aid, you must first be admitted to a graduate program. Make sure you:

  • Enroll in at least 3 credits (or half-time) toward a degree or eligible certificate each quarter.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

You may take advantage of scholarships and loans. SPU does not have a deadline for graduate financial aid, though earlier is always better than later! 

Learn more about the FAFSA and applying for financial help.

Learn more about scholarships, assistantships, and loans available to graduate students.

FEES

Find out more about administrative and other School of Education program fees.

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Application Info

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the ARC program, you must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have taken the WEST-B skills tests (or their equivalents) and at least one content area endorsement test (WEST-E/NES/ACTFL).  
  • Secure two letters of recommendation. If employed in a school: one from an administrator and another from a teacher. If not employed in a school: one from someone who knows your work with kids and another professional recommendation.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA or a master's degree.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To apply for admission into the ARC program, please submit the following items and credentials:

  • Graduate application form, available online here
  • Official college/university transcript(s) 
  • One to two page personal statement 
  • Professional résumé 
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • If employed in a school: one from an administrator and another from a teacher (Route 2 is for classified staff working with students such as para-educators or instructional aides; Route 4 is for limited certificate teachers of record, such as a middle school math teacher)
    • If not employed in a school: one from someone who knows your work with kids and another professional recommendation
  • WEST-B scores (or equivalent)1
  • Passing (or attempt at) WEST-E or NES score(s) 
  • Verify endorsement readiness through PESB (if your college major matches your intended endorsement, complete the Endorsement Verification form in the application. If your major DOES NOT match your intended endorsement, please contact The Certification Office). 
  • Moral and Character Policy Form 
  • $50 application fee 

1 Applicants may use a combination of WB, SAT, and ACT scores to meet part/ all of the WEST-B requirements
*Preferred minimum SAT scores: Math 515, Reading 500, Writing 490
*Preferred ACT scores: Math 22, Reading 22, Writing 8

APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • Early decision: November 15
  • Regular admission: February 1

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS?

Contact Graduate Admissions at 800-601-0603 or gradadmissions@spu.edu.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How selective is admission to the SPU School of Education graduate degree programs?

This varies by program. Admission to some programs, such as the Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (AMTMS), Accerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT), and MEd in School Counseling, is very competitive. Admission to each of SPU's graduate programs in education is standards-based, and all applicants must meet all standards for admission.

Can I continue to work while enrolled in a graduate degree program in the SPU School of Education?

Yes, in most cases. Most of the graduate degree programs offered by the School of Education are part-time programs, with classes offered in a variety of worker-friendly venues. Education graduate courses are scheduled at SPU or off campus, in the evenings, occasionally on Saturdays, and during the summer.

The Acclerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT) and Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (AMTMS) programs are exceptions. They are one-year full-time programs due to their full-time internships.

Is it possible to complete a graduate degree from SPU's School of Education online?

The School of Education offers several fully online programs, including the AMAT-OnlineAMTMS-OnlineDigital Education Leadership, and Teacher Leadership programs. Please review the program pages for eligibility requirements.

Is a graduate program at SPU more expensive than comparable education programs at other universities?

SPU's graduate tuition rates are competitive with other accredited universities in Washington.

How does a graduate degree or graduate certificate from SPU compare with a similar degree or certificate from other universities?

SPU's School of Education has been offering a wide range of fully accredited master's and doctoral degrees in addition to graduate certificates for more than 20 years. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington and around the country is strong, and students who complete our graduate degree and certificate programs enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

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