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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the graduate programs in SPU’s School of Education? Check here to find answers to frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here, contact, call 206-281-2091, 800-601-0603, or visit

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

This varies by program. Admission to some programs, such as the Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS), Alternative Routes to Certification (ARC), 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 Alternative Routes to Certification/MA in Teaching (ARC/MAT) and Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS) 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?

Students living outside the Puget Sound area may be able to participate in the ARC-Online or MTMS-Online program. Please review the program pages to see if you are eligible.

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 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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