The Seattle University College of Education will be an educationally excellent learning community that prepares professional leaders dedicated to education for justice and service to others.


The College of Education strives to be a scholarly learning community of students, staff and faculty characterized by collegiality and collaboration. The College of Education strives to lead by collaboratively serving others from a grounding in the ethics and values of the Jesuit tradition. The College of Education strives to provide a curriculum relevant to the needs of the profession, the greater society and supported by the best practice and research. The College of Education strives to welcome and represent the diversity of our society through its teaching, programs, students, and personnel. The College of Education strives to produce graduates who are compassionate and effective professionals in their respective areas of preparation.



The faculty, students and staff of the college share knowledge among individuals with complementary skills who interact together to develop understanding that leads to enhanced outcomes. Programs and curricula reflect the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to collaborate within and among P-12 schools, colleges, universities, families, community members and organizations.


A commitment to understanding and responsiveness to human differences is articulated and practiced throughout all aspects of the programs, including admissions, curriculum and student field experiences.

Global Vision Programs 

Provide opportunities to learn about the world beyond the border of the United States, and to learn about American society's relation to and place in the larger world system. (ASCD Yearbook, 1991).

Technology Program 

Curricula address the benefits and limitations of technology, and develop students' knowledge and skills in the appropriate application of current and emerging technology in the practice of their professions.

Education for Justice 

The college has a commitment to education for justice consistent with the Jesuit tradition, that includes advocacy and action on behalf of others and reflects beliefs in the dignity of the human person and the rights of individuals in a just society to fully participate in socio-cultural, economic and political structures that affect them.

Academic Excellence 

Faculty are outstanding teachers/scholars, dedicated to service and actively engaged in making quality contributions to their professions. The curricula they deliver are rigorous and reflect current best practices in their professions. Their curricula anticipate and create the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for future leaders in their professions. Assessment of students includes course grades, comprehensive examination results, and qualitative standards of their respective professions demonstrated throughout students' entire programs.

Goals of the College of Education

Goal I. To prepare practitioners and policy makers to be educational leaders.

Goal II. To model collegial and collaborative communities in our interactions among faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies.

Goal III. To provide leadership for scholarly activities and best practices in teaching and service.

Goal IV. To increase visibility and reputation of College of Education and its influence with the professions and policy making bodies.