Interdisciplinary Degree Provides Path for New Generation of Teachers

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
January 23, 2018

Seattle University’s Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) equips students to think both deeply and broadly, providing an excellent foundation for being an elementary teacher. Through a combination of major requirements (IDLS), College of Education courses, and prerequisite courses, the Elementary Education K-8 specialization prepares students to earn their Washington State K-8 teaching certificate and the English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement, a significant advantage in the job market.

The field-based emphasis is unique, with students beginning work in schools during the first year. The best preparation to teach includes significant classroom experiences and this Specialization allows for a gradual increase in the amount of time spent in schools and carefully planned time in schools means students steadily increase their understanding, confidence and responsibility in the classroom.

Program Director Sven Arvidson, PhD; College of Education Assistant Clinical Professor Patricia Venegas-Weber, PhD; and alumnus and teacher Nathan Wheeler talk about the degree.