The Alternative Routes to Certification (ARC) program at Seattle Pacific University integrates a residency teacher certification program with a master of arts degree in the elements of teaching (M.A.T.). The ARC program is designed to prepare students who already have a bachelor's degree to teach. The program is to be completed on a full-time basis.
Throughout the program, students receive a broad base of information about education, the nature of students, society, and the teaching profession as a whole. In addition, they gain skills and knowledge in the use of instructional and management strategies.
The certification component of the program is a one-year, internship-based program of study leading to recommendation for Washington state residency certification. All credits are offered at the graduate level and are adaptations of courses offered in SPU's current master of arts in teaching program.
Students continue throughout the year with internship experiences and additional coursework. The coursework involves field-based, online, and traditional classes. The traditional on-campus classes meet one night a week from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The online courses allow students to engage in a virtual learning environment and benefit from its asynchronous discussion formats.
Field-based classes allow students to take concepts under consideration into the field and to study directly from their internship site. During this time, they are required to carry out observations and engage professionals in the field in meaningful, learning-focused discussions.
THE ARC INTERNSHIP
The internship is a vital, integrative experience in which students are paired with a mentor-teacher and conduct supervised teaching in a school setting over the course of an entire school year (three quarters, September through June, five days a week).
Typically, the internship begins with an extended period of observation, one-on-one, and small-group work. This leads to individual lesson and unit instruction.
Throughout the school year, the intern takes on additional teaching responsibilities so that by Winter-Spring quarter, the intern has assumed responsibility for his or her mentor teacher's instructional load. Interns are also expected to help out during after-school hours just as any new teacher would.
COMPLETION OF THE M.A.T. MASTER'S DEGREE
Five non-certification classes (15 credits) comprise the master's degree component of the program. The master's component is typically completed during the summer immediately following the certification component, or it may be completed after the student begins his or her teaching career. It includes classes in educational inquiry, educational technology, and moral issues in education.
Students who already have a master's degree when entering the program will need to complete only the certification component and EDU 6085 to receive a second master's degree.
ADVANTAGES OF THE ARC PROGRAM
Completed applications will include the following:
APPLICATION INFORMATION AND DEADLINE
Financial aid is available for qualified applicants through Student Financial Services or by calling 206-281-2061.
Paraprofessionals, instructional assistants, and conditionally certified teachers are encouraged to apply to the Alternative Routes to Certification program as they may be able to use their positions as internships.
For your general reference, visit the Office of the Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction for useful information as you consider the teacher certification process in the state of Washington.
If you are interested in the Alternative Routes to Certification program, please contact:
Seattle Pacific University