2009–10 Undergraduate Catalog
School of Education
Frank M Kline, Interim Dean of the School of Education
Faculty: Scott F. Beers, Rick Eigenbrood, Debra S. Espinor, Kristine Gritter,
Sharon D. Hartnett, Debra Hudson, Frank M. Kline, Nyaradzo H. Mvududu
The mission of the SPU School of Education is to prepare educators for service and leadership in schools and communities by developing their professional competence and character within a framework of Christian faith and values.
The vision of the SPU School of Education (SOE) is to influence the region, the nation, and the world through the preparation of educational leaders for public and private schools.
The primary purpose of the undergraduate program in the School of Education is to prepare competent teachers who integrate academic training and Christian faith with professional practice.
Students interested in exploring teaching or other professional education careers may enroll in EDU 1200, Teaching: A Noble Profession.
School of Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Certification programs in the School of Education are also accredited by the Washington Educator Standards Board and meet residency requirements for Washington state elementary, secondary, and K–12 teaching certificates.
The basic certification programs in the School of Education reflect an underlying philosophy and knowledge base that permeates all courses and field experiences. This knowledge base consists of two elements:
The following categories shape the competency base for the residency certification programs at SPU. These categories contain national, state, and Seattle Pacific competencies for teachers:
Overview of Residency Teacher Certification Program
The professional program leading to Residency Teacher Certification at SPU consists of three parts:
The Foundations and Methods quarters consist of the theory and background of teaching with appropriate application.
The Skills courses support the methods and application courses and students have some flexibility regarding when these courses can be taken, although these skills courses are prerequisites for progression in the teacher certification program.
The Application courses focus on applying the theory and background learned in the Foundations, Methods and Skills courses.
Degree Requirements for Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students must complete all the requirements for a bachelorís degree in addition to the certification program.
Elementary Certification. Students pursuing elementary certification are required to select Integrated Studies as their major. All students will complete the core courses of the integrated studies major, as well as an area of concentration from one of the following core disciplines:
Secondary Certification. Students pursuing secondary certification need to work closely with the certification coordinator to make sure all endorsement requirements are being met. Please contact the certification advisor in the School of Education for more information.
K–12 Certification. K–12 endorsements include visual arts, theatre arts, world languages, music (chorale, general, instrumental), health/fitness, and special education. Students obtaining a K–12 endorsement in art, music, or health/fitness will complete one quarter of internship at the elementary level and another quarter of internship at the secondary level.
All transfer students are required to take the entire certification program at SPU. Any exceptions must be approved through substitution and petition processes in the School of Education.
If substitutions and petitions are granted, a minimum of 26 credits, including the internship, must be completed as a regularly enrolled student at SPU.
Upon arrival at SPU and prior to registration, transfer students should meet with the Certification Advisor regarding course substitution requirements and procedures.
Students pursuing certification after receiving a bachelorís degree from an accredited institution recognized by the state of Washington do not earn a second degree.
However, they must still meet state certification and endorsement requirements that typically involves four quarters of coursework.
Post-baccalaureate students must pass the state WEST-B and WEST-E tests prior to being accepted into the Residency Teacher Certification Program.
To complete the Residency Teacher Certification program in a timely manner, students have access to competent academic advice. During Foundations Quarter each student will be asked to schedule a time to meet with the certification advisor to develop a plan of study to complete Teacher Certification Coursework.
The School of Education provides individual sessions with the certification advisor to answer questions and help with the certification process. As soon as a student identifies a desire to be a teacher, he or she should arrange an advising appointment by calling 206-281-2214.
Admission to the School of Education
A student enrolling in the Foundations Quarter is considered a tentative candidate for admission to the School of Education. Before the Methods Quarter, the student is asked to prepare a formal application for full admission to the School of Education.
The student may continue the sequence of courses leading to certification upon full admission to the School of Education and fulfillment of the prerequisites to the appropriate quarters.
To achieve admission to the School of Education, a candidate must meet the following:
Most classes in the certification program require School of Education permission to register. Before registering, students must go to the School of Education office to fill out any necessary paperwork and confirm appropriate prerequisites have been passed. No appointment is necessary for this process.
Upon successful completion of the residency certification program, the Seattle Pacific University School of Education recommends candidates to the state of Washington for residency teacher certification. Though SPU makes recommendations to the state, the state issues the certificate, not the School of Education.
All teacher certification candidates are subject to Washington requirements for the residency teaching certificate. These requirements may be changed by the state and override anything stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. See the School of Education office for updates on state requirements.
A residency-teacher certificate will be accompanied by information outlining the steps for completing professional certification as the Residency Teaching Certificate is the initial certification and all teachers must eventually achieve professional certification.
Internship Placement and Supervision Policy
Students anticipating teaching internships should be aware of the School of Education school-site placement policy:
Internship Professional Expectations
Moral Character and Personal Fitness Policy
Teacher certification programs at SPU include experiences working closely with children in public and private schools. The protection of children is a paramount concern. Consequently, the School of Education reserves the right to refuse placement of any SPU student in any field experience. Any SPU student registering for any School of Education course that involves working with children does so with the following understanding: