Interdisciplinary Education for the Teachers of Tomorrow

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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.

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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.

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Your Faculty: In and Out of the Classroom

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Philip Barclift, PhD, Associate Professor, IDLS

Dr. Barclift represents SU internationally during school breaks through his work in the Middle East conducting workshops on nonviolence and community organization on the West Bank. Recently he presented this work to peers at an academic conference, also presenting a paper based on his course, “Leadership for Community Engagement.”

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Jennifer Schulz, PhD, Senior Instructor, IDLS

Dr. Schulz published a 2018 article based on her IDLS 3200 course, Narratives of Trauma. It appears in the top journal in the field, Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, volume 36, and is titled: “The Impossibility of Witnessing and the Imperative to Listen: Teaching Trauma in an Interdisciplinary Classroom.”


Dr. Janice Moskalik
Janice Moskalik, PhD, Instructor, Philosophy

Dr. Moskalik is teaching the IDLS course, "Critical Issues in Education," Fall 2018. Recently, she has presented her research at Southern Denmark University's "Philosophy and the Schools: Challenges and Opportunities", and at the International Social Philosophy Conference. She is also an Academic Service Learning Faculty Fellow for 2018-19.

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Sven Arvidson, PhD, Director, IDLS

Dr. Arvidson is editing a collection of essays in honor of the founder of contemporary interdisciplinary studies, William H. Newell, to appear in Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. The volume, published in 2018, includes a scholarly interview by Arvidson with Dr. Newell, as well as eight essays from leaders in the field.

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Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society

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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