Who We Are

The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University offers programs for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in teaching, counseling, or leadership careers in all fields of education. SPU-educated teachers, counselors, and administrators are in high demand throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families, and in schools, SPU can equip you to do just that.

Seattle Pacific was founded more than 120 years ago, and the University has been preparing some of the most sought-after educators in the region for more than 90 years. Entrance to School of Education programs is highly competitive. Faculty members have worked to develop programs of quality, rigor, and relevance based upon current research and best practice in the field. All faculty members hold a doctorate and teach their own classes, and many have a national and international reputation in their areas of expertise. They 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.

At the heart of Seattle Pacific’s approach to the discipline of education is a focus on opportunity for all, including those who have traditionally been underserved and underrepresented in society. The School of Education values the richness that diversity brings to the learning community at SPU, and faculty and students strive to love their neighbors, seeking to help reconcile people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or class.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Seattle Pacific University School of Education is to influence the region, the nation, and the world through the equipping of educational leaders for public and private schools.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Seattle Pacific University School of Education is to equip educators for service and leadership in schools and communities by developing their professional competence and character, to make a positive impact on learning.

Four Commitments

The School of Educations integrates its commitments to service, leadership, character, and competence throughout all programs. Through its integration of these commitments, the School of Education's mission captures the distinctiveness of a Christian university that prepares educators who are capable and committed to have a positive impact on the learning of a diverse community of P–12 learners.

Learn more about the School’s Conceptual Framework of its Four Commitments.

Learning Outcomes

The eight School of Education’s Learning Outcomes are guided by Washington state knowledge and skills requirements. and provide the evaluation criteria for effective teaching in Washington state. They are:

  1. Expectations: The teacher communicates high expectations for student learning.
  2. Instruction: The teacher uses research-based instructional practices to meet the needs of all students.
  3. Content Knowledge: The teacher uses content area knowledge, learning standards, appropriate pedagogy, and resources to design and deliver curricula and instruction to impact student learning.
  4. Differentiation: The teacher acquires and uses specific knowledge about students’ cultural, individual intellectual, and social development and uses that knowledge to adjust their practice by employing strategies that advance student learning.
  5. Learning Environment: The teacher fosters and manages a safe and inclusive learning environment that takes into account: physical, emotional and intellectual well-being.
  6. Assessment: The teacher uses multiple data elements (both formative and summative) to plan, inform and adjust instruction and evaluate student learning.
  7. Families and Community: The teacher communicates and collaborates with students, families, and all educational stakeholders in an ethical and professional manner to promote student learning.
  8. Professional Practice: The teacher participates collaboratively in the educational community to improve instruction, advance the knowledge and practice of teaching as a profession, and ultimately impact student learning.