Dec 05, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education

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Academic Awards Master of Education, Master in Teaching, Bachelor of Arts, Endorsements for the State of Washington teaching credential
Dean Laird Leavitt
Departments Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Educational Studies; Graduate and Undergraduate

The College of Education provides educational programs that serve diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Traditional undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies as preparation for educational careers outside the K-12 system, and have the option to complete a five-year BA-MIT degree in order to earn a Washington State K-12 teacher certification.Undergraduate and Master in Teaching students may choose from a variety of content areas across grade levels. Master of Education candidates choose from several concentrations, gaining advanced preparation for the classroom or for additional endorsements. Daytime, evening, weekend, and accelerated classes allow candidates to engage in meaningful, research-based content, while practicing in their educational setting of choice.

The College of Education has a proud tradition of preparing well-trained candidates that flourish in the increasingly diverse field of education. Our programs align closely with state required learning standards and research-based industry standards. In addition, through partnerships with area public and private schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, our candidates gain rich and practical experience throughout their program. We prepare practitioners with the knowledge and skills to impact the world in positive and life-changing ways.

The College of Education offers

  • Small class sizes
  • Strong resident faculty with extensive academic expertise
  • Leading adjunct faculty with extensive field experience
  • Career development activities with private and public schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations across the region
  • A meaningful and well-connected learning community

Cohort Model

The College of Education uses a cohort model. This means that students who enter the COE at the same time are banded together as a group. They will take some of their courses together, have opportunities for cohort events, Bible studies, and internship experiences. Benefits to the cohort model include more effective learning, increased community and sense of belonging, and stronger persistence toward degree completion.

College of Education Outcomes

The College of Education, directed by broad research and theory, and in accordance with state & industry standards, prepares educators in three specific proficiencies. These outcomes guide our candidates’ experience throughout all of our COE programs. In the COE we aim toward the following outcomes:

Holistic Educators,

  • Candidates demonstrate culturally responsive pedagogy aimed at the holistic learning of all.

Adaptive Educators,

  • Candidates demonstrate differentiated instruction, adapting where appropriate to meet learner needs while remaining aligned with learning objectives.

Learner-Focused Educators,

  • Candidates demonstrate reflective instruction, analyzing work in order to further develop their own pedagogical practices.


Candidates can major in Educational Studies and minor in Elementary* or Secondary* Education. 


Candidates majoring in Educational Studies must choose from the following concentrations:

  • Community Programming for Children & Youth
  • International Education
  • Instructional Design
  • Elementary Education*

*Students pursuing a minor in either Elementary or Secondary Education or a concentration in Elementary Education and who are interested in earning a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate are invited to apply to the five-year BA to Master in Teaching (MIT) pathway. Applications are accepted each spring. See graduate catalog for details.

Graduate Programs

  • Master in Teaching**
  • Master of Education**
  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership**
  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership**



Bachelor of Arts