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School of Education Master's Programs

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The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University offers master's degree programs for those interested in leadership and teaching positions in many fields and levels of education. Whether you want to enhance your teacher, counselor, or administrator knowledge through a Master of Education degree or you are interested in earning teaching certification through the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, there is a program for you.


What distinguishes SPU's master's degree programs?

  • Expert faculty with a desire to help students succeed.
  • A wide range of options, including full-time intensive programs, part-time programs designed for working professionals, and a program that can be earned entirely online.
  • A focus—shaped by SPU's Christian worldview—on equipping educators of both competence and character, who help to bring hope into the lives of children, young people, families, and communities.
  • Graduates who are some of the most sought-after educators in the region.

Master of Education Degree

The Master of Education degree at SPU builds upon undergraduate coursework and professional experience. As a student in an MEd program at SPU, you will gain

  • understanding of the forces that shape the American educational system, including historical, social, economic, legal, political, and technological forces;
  • knowledge and application of teaching theories in schools and related settings;
  • knowledge in your professional specialization, including literature, research, and trends;
  • effective communication skills, both oral and written;
  • ability to access, evaluate, apply, and contribute to the research and literature of education;
  • appreciation of cultural and individual diversity.


Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership

The MEd in Educational Leadership is a program for those who want to earn a master's degree concurrently with either a Principal Certificate or Program Administrator Certificate. (It is also possible to earn a Principal Certificate or Program Administrator Certificate only.)

Master of Education (MEd) in Digital Education Leadership

The MEd in Digital Education Leadership is designed for educators with an interest in educational technology. This program prepares graduates for positions as technology coaches or digital education leaders.

Master of Education (MEd) in Literacy, Language, and Equity

The MEd in Literacy, Language, and Equity is a degree program designed for current teachers who want to become reading specialists, literacy coaches, or better-prepared teachers of reading and writing. 

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The MAT is a two-year part-time program that enables students to earn both a Residency Teacher Certificate and a master's degree concurrently.

Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT)

AMAT 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 (MAT) concurrently.

Accelerated Master in Teaching Math and Science (AMTMS)

The AMTMS is designed for people who want to earn a Residency Teacher Certificate with a mathematics or science endorsement concurrently with a master's degree.

Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Seattle Pacific University’s MEd in Curriculum and Instruction provides two pathways for teachers to bolster their instructional expertise and leadership capacity.

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Martinez Fellows Scholarship

Find out if you qualify for this fellowship for graduate students of color at Seattle Pacific’s School of Education.

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Educational Leadership Programs

SPU has graduate-degree and certification programs for every level of leadership in a school district. Designed for working professionals, these programs offer world-class academics, flexibility, and more.


Graduate Admissions

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Because your needs are specific to fit your career, our graduate programs are not “one size fits all.” Graduate Admissions is your source for information on all SPU graduate programs, as well as admissions and events.