Founded in 1935, the Seattle University College of Education has a long and distinguished history of preparing ethical and reflective leaders who are making systemic changes from the classroom to the boardroom. Inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Jesuit ethos, SU’s College of Education prides itself on preparing students not only for educational careers but also for leadership for a just and humane world. This ethos permeates the education students receive in the College’s 11 graduate programs and numerous certificate and continuing education options.

In the past eight decades, the College of Education has graduated more than 11,000 students. Our alumni work as administrators, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, principals, superintendents, deans, community college faculty, corporate trainers and human resources professionals, college and university presidents, and business and nonprofit executives.

The College’s 11 academic program areas offer graduate degrees that prepare students for careers in K-12 schools (requiring state certification) and Non-K-12 areas:

K-12 Academic Programs

  • Teacher Education (Master in Teaching and endorsements)
  • Educational Administration (Principal, Program Administrator)
  • Special Education (online)
  • Educating Non-Native English Speakers (online)
  • School Psychology
  • School Counseling

Non-K-12 Academic Programs

  • Educational Leadership (doctoral program with a variety of specializations)
  • Student Development Administration
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Adult Education and Training (online)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Mission, Vision and Themes

Read more about the College of Education's Mission, Vision and Themes

Strategic Plan

Work is almost complete on an updated strategic plan that sets forth priorities and a timeline to address four critical areas within the college:

  • Building Programs
  • Research
  • Global Engagement
  • Community Engagement

Specific goals, initiatives and objectives for the College will guide future planning and closely tie into the Seattle University Strategic Plan for 2013-2018: Fulfilling a Mission for a Changing World. The College’s strategic plan supports SU’s strategic goals:

  • Strengthen our capacity to provide a high-quality and transformational education rooted in the Jesuit tradition
  • Prepare our graduates to lead meaningful and successful professional lives
  • Meet the challenges and opportunities of the changing educational and economic environment
  • Realize an infrastructure that supports excellence and innovation in all facets of our education