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Our students are changing the way they approach learning through research and service in education. In line with the Jesuit tradition, they’re innovating new techniques and instigating system-wide change to improve the future of education.

Prepare to lead the change.

More than ever before, our world requires courageous, skilled leaders who reflect the diversity of our society and are able to spearhead systemic change and inspire future generations. At Seattle University College of Education, we offer a range of graduate educational opportunities inspired by the Jesuit intellectual tradition, engaged in the local and global community, and responsive to the needs of our students.

News and Events

COE Professor Margit McGuire on How to Teach Civics

During a notably contentious presidential election cycle, teachers may find it difficult to impart to students the value of the democratic process. In an Everett Herald op-ed, COE professor of teacher education Margit McGuire outlines some methods for growing a vibrant civic education program in schools. McGuire suggests that a narrative strategy, whereby students take on roles in a fictional election, can be a powerful educational tool. Allowed to design their own platforms and campaigns, students get to try their hand at politics and learn first-hand, in a way, what civics really means.

Read McGuire's op-ed online here:


Read the current issue of the Banner magazine!


The 2016 Banner features:

  • Jill Wakefield, EdD, reflects on a career in education leadership
  • Steven Webb, EdD, named State Superintendent of the Year
  • Faculty accomplishments, student news, alumni updates, and much more!

The Center for Change in Transition Services Receives $3 Million Grant

Seattle University’s Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS), housed within the College of Education, earned a $3 million contract from The Washington Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The funds will be used to increase support for Washington students with disabilities transitioning to life after high school. Read  here. 

Jill Wakefield, EdD, ’92 Received Alumni Award

The Alumni Award for Professional Achievement is being awarded to exemplary COE alumna Jill Wakefield, EdD, ’92 (EDLR), a visionary who has paved the way for women to attain leadership positions in higher education. In 1992, Jill graduated from Seattle University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. An adjunct professor in the Seattle University graduate program from 1999–2007, Jill joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. After 40 years of increasing responsibility in the Seattle Colleges system, Jill is retiring as Chancellor in June. She is the first woman and the longest serving Chancellor in the three-school system.

New Undergraduate Program Offers Elementary Education K-8 Certification and ELL Endorsement

Beginning in Fall 2016, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education are partnering to offer a new specialization in elementary education in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies bachelor of arts degree. Students in the four-year program will obtain a BA in interdisciplinary liberal studies along with a teaching credential in K-8 (elementary education) and an ELL endorsement.  To learn more, visit the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies program.

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Earn your bachelor's

in K-8 education!

Want to be ready to teach when you earn your B.A.?

Major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a specialization in Elementary Education (K-8)! This enables you to:

  • Earn a bachelor's degree from one of the top-rated integrative programs in the nation
  • Earn a Washington state elementary (K-8) teaching credential
  • Earn an English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement
  • Get over 700 hours of field work in classrooms, beginning in your first year

For more information, visit the IDLS website

Information Sessions

Graduate Admissions Spring Open House

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:30pm
  • RSVP (preferred, but not required)

Adult Education & Training Information Session