Prospective and Entering First-Years

First-year students interested in pursuing a career in education have many options in terms of selecting a major. Students may select from a wide variety of majors and minors which will well prepare them for future teacher training and teaching positions. It is strongly encouraged that students work closely with both their academic advisor and the pre-education advisor, Alemayehu Bahta, when selecting classes.

For those interested in teaching at the elementary level (grades K-8):

Incorporate a variety of courses in basic subject areas such as English, math, social studies, language, life science and physical, earth or space science. 

We also encourage consideration of a major with an interdisciplinary focus. The BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with Specialization in Elementary Education (K-8) is a great degree choice at SU due to the program's broad intellectual training and flexibility in curriculum. 

For those interested in teaching at the secondary level (grades 6– 12)

It is advisable to choose a major, double major or minor in the subject-area you want to teach. This way you will complete the coursework required for the endorsement-area in in which you desire to teach.

Looking for a major specifically focused on education?

Seattle University offers two degree programs!
The BA in Interdiscipliary Liberal Studies with a Specialization in Elementary Education (K-8) equips students to think both deeply and broadly, providing an excellend foundation for being an elementary teacher. Graduates of the degree will earn a Washington State Elementary (K-8) Teaching Credential. An English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement is also possible.
The Matteo Ricci College offers the BA in Humanities for Teaching program. The curriculum is individualized to correspond to the grade level(s) and subject(s) that a student might want to teach. Students will earn their teaching certificate at the conclusion of this degree.   

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program Contact Information:
Dr. Sven Arvidson
(206) 296-5470

Humanities for Teaching Contact Information:
Elizabeth Layton
(206) 296-2666



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