Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Adds Specialization in Elementary Ed

Written by Laura Paskin
January 4, 2016

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies is now offering undergraduates a Specialization in Elementary Education (K-8). The degree, which is offered in partnership with the College of Education, includes a clinical internship, proficiency requirements in science and math, and an English language learning component. Through field experiences, the specialization also embeds an emphasis on understanding how to serve special education students.

“Students completing the specialization meet the competency requirements of the Professional Educator Standards Board,” said Professor Sven Arvidson, director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. “They can go directly into teaching in Washington after graduation.”

The program arose to meet the growing, statewide demand for elementary teachers with expertise in teaching non-native English speakers. It not only includes an  English language learning specialization within a rigorous interdisciplinary studies degree, it also has a special education emphasis. Arvidson noted that this is the first program of its kind in the Seattle area.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 7 master's degrees, and 3 graduate certificates.