Professional & Continuing Education

 The College of Education’s (COE) Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) department provides equity and access to high quality learning opportunities to non-traditional students. Our courses are designed for busy, adult learners who need evening, weekend, and/or online courses.

We welcome all educators, including educators in Archdioceses, Charter, and Independent Schools.

For Educators 

High-quality professional development opportunities include:

Washington State Alternative Teacher Certification: If you are already employed in the district on a conditional or emergency substitute certificate, you can enroll in Route 4 to earn your residency certification with ELL Endorsement. Alternative Route 4 is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees and are employed in a district.

Endorsement Academies: Endorsement academies online allow certified teachers to become endorsed in a variety of high need subject areas.

Professional Learning: If you are looking for Professional Learning opportunities, visit the current available courses on 

Continuing Education: Opportunities for educators to earn Washington state clock hours or post-baccalaureate credits.

Summer Institute: We invite educators from around the country in P-12, higher and post-secondary education and out-of-school community based organizations to apply. Coming in January 2019 


For Paraprofessionals

Washington State Alternative Teacher Certification: Paraprofessionals seeking Washington Alternative Teacher Certification with an endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL)  may complete their B.A. in Digital Technology and Cultures. This degree allows students to gain valuable digital skills while exploring what it means to be human in the digital age. If you already have your B.A., from a regionally accredited school and a passing score on the state basic skills exam, candidates may enroll in the certification program with ELL endorsement with at least one year of teaching experience. 


For Students

High-quality learning opportunities include: 

Summer Institute: Coming in January 2019 


For Partners 

Partnership opportunities include:

Clock and credit hours: Educators may apply to offer Washington state clock hours, post-baccalaureate credits or continuing education units to provide educators with educational workshops, trainings and conferences. 

Endorsement Academies: School districts may partner with the College of Education to develop and offer endorsement academies for their teachers targeted to the needs of the district.

Conferences: Seattle University offers an opportunity to hold workshops and conferences in a unique, full-service location, just minutes from the heart of Seattle.