School of Education
Competence: In the School of Education, you’ll master your role as an educator, demonstrating excellence in the delivery of instruction, the use of technology to support learning, and the ability to meet the diverse needs of students.
Character: There’s more to being an effective educator than professional expertise. SPU is known for preparing educators with a heart for students, strong personal values, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards.
Leadership: You’ll learn principles of transformational leadership: forming and advocating principle-based ideas, motivating and directing others toward learning and positive change, and enabling different groups to collaborate.
Service: Education and service go hand-in-hand. In the School of Education, you’ll discover a vision of education infused with a commitment to Christian service — with the goal of bringing hope to students and communities.
Do you want to become an educator with both the competence and the character to bring hope into the lives of students? Is it your goal to become a leader in making our schools work for all children, not just some children? Graduates of the School of Education at Seattle Pacific University are among today’s most sought-after educators, expertly prepared to meet the challenges of their field and serve their communities.
Our broad range of master’s, doctoral, and certification programs prepare outstanding teachers, counselors, principals, superintendents, administrators, and other school leaders.
Interested in seeking teacher certification as an undergraduate? You’ll benefit from a premier teacher education program, including opportunities for diverse experiences within school settings in urban Seattle.
SPU’s Center for Professional Education serves educators around the world. Get ProTeach support, keep your certification current, earn an endorsement, or develop an on-site partnership.
News and Resources
SPU doctoral student Zakariya Palsha has been recognized for his outstanding educational leadership with a 2013 Golden Apple Award, one of the most prestigious educational honors in Washington state. Palsha, principal at Campbell Hill Elementary in Renton School District, is enrolled in Seattle Pacific's Doctor of Education (EdD) program while also earning his superintendent certificate here.
Under Palsha's leadership, Campbell Hill Elementary has made extra efforts to reach out to their ethnically diverse community. (Students of color make up 95 percent of the student body.) He has also initiated wide-reaching after-school programs and extensive staff training. "He's the number one principal I've worked under," says Campbell Hill instructional facilitator Helen Babbin. "He really is a global educator."
This year's eight Golden Apple Award winners will be featured in a television special to be aired across the state.
The School of Education will host its first Alumni Award Social as part of Seattle Pacific University's 2014 Homecoming events on Thursday, January 30 from 5:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. The event provides an opportunity for alumni and a guest to connect with School of Education faculty and Dr. Rick Eigenbrood, dean of the School of Education, while enjoying complimentary hors d' oeuvres.
As part of this event, the School of Education will honor the Alumni of the Year award recipients from each program. RSVP to Rene Shafar by January 10.
Doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, certification programs for educators, superintendents, or principals … These programs may address a number of diverse leadership needs across your campus or school district, and you can now begin your search on our new Educational Leadership page.
Martinez Fellows Scholarship
Find out if you qualify for a new fellowship for graduate students of color at Seattle Pacific’s School of Education. Two are now offered through a grant from the Martinez Foundation.
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