Gain the foundation for certification and endorsements necessary to meet the hiring demand for qualified educators.
Our Elementary Education specialization within the existing IDLS BA gives undergraduates the education needed to be certified to teach K-8 in the state of Washington and earn endorsement in English language learning (ELL).
When you specialize in K-8 Education, you complete the IDLS major requirements, profession-oriented courses offered by the College of Education (EDLS courses) and prerequisite courses. The combination addresses all the competencies demanded by the Professional Educator Standards Board to be a K-8 teacher in Washington state.
The specialization is distinguished by its persistent, developing and accumulated field experience culminating in clinical internship, by its endorsement in ELL and by proficiencies in science and math. Through field experiences, the specialization includes emphasis and experience on understanding how to serve special education students.
The most valuable lesson from my time in the IDLS K-8 program is that I get to take a wide range of insights from many disciplines and apply that in my training as a future educator. New research and discoveries that I learn about in the IDLS courses push me to be an educator who is informed and engaged with real-world issues.
The most valuable aspect I’ve begun to learn so far in my time in the IDLS K-8 degree would be how to teach in a diverse classroom using a culturally responsive curriculum. Volunteering at Gatzert Elementary has taught me the do's and don’ts of teaching and has given me a greater perspective on the type of teacher I hope to be in the future.
With a broad-based and values-focused education from the IDLS K-8 program, there’s no end to the difference our graduates make. Our alumni teach in public schools such as Seattle Public Schools and Highline School District, private schools in the Northwest, Europe and Asia. Others have chosen to put their skills to work for the State of Washington, AmeriCorps, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, YMCA, and other organizations.
The combination of IDLS, EDLS, and pre-requisites addresses all the competencies demanded by the Professional Educator Standards Board to be a K-8 teacher in Washington state.
Credits: minimum of 180 credits
Credits in major: 105
GPA cumulative minimum: 2.0
GPA major minimum: 2.0
Education Courses: All EDLS courses are field-based.
5 credits of Humanities electives at the 3000-4000 level.
5 credits of Social Science electives at the 3000-4000 level.
A UCOR course cannot count for both Core and the major.
No more than 15 credits from this major will be counted towards any minor.
40 credits in the major must be taken at the 3000-4000 level; 25 of these must be taken at Seattle University.
For complete information on courses, pre-requisites, etc., use this information in conjunction with the online Catalog for the current year.
Our IDLS program is the first and only program on the West Coast to qualify for a chapter of the national honor society for interdisciplinary studies. Induction into Alpha Iota Sigma is a prestigious distinction awarded only to the most outstanding students.
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