Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog-UNDER REVIEW 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog-UNDER REVIEW

School 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 Rowlanda Cawthon
Departments Graduate and Undergraduate

The School of Education provides educational programs that serve undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. Traditional undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies as preparation for a career outside the K-12 system. Undergraduate students have the option to complete a five-year BA-MIT degree to earn a Washington State K-12 teacher certification.

The Master in Teaching (MIT) is the only program that leads to teacher certification, and undergraduate students can apply up to ten credits toward degree completion – a significant financial and time savings. BA and MIT candidates may choose from a variety of content areas across grade levels. Candidates in the Master of Education may 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 School of Education has a history of preparing well-trained educators 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.

Program Benefits  

The School of Education offers the following:

  • Small class sizes
  • Strong resident faculty with extensive academic expertise
  • 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 School of Education uses a cohort model. Students who enter the program  at the same time are banded together as a group. They will take some of their courses together, have opportunities for cohort events, student led life groups, and internship experiences. Benefits to the cohort model include more effective learning, increased community, and sense of belonging, and stronger persistence toward degree completion.

School of Education Outcomes

The School of Education, directed by broad research and theory, and in accordance with Washington State and industry standards, prepares educators in three specific proficiencies. We aim toward the following outcomes, which guide each candidate’s experience throughout all our programs:

Holistic Educators,

  • Candidates apply 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 use reflective instruction, analyzing work to further develop their own pedagogical practices.

Undergraduate Programs

Candidates can major in Educational Studies and minor in Elementary* or Secondary Education*. Students majoring in Educational Studies must choose from the following concentrations:

  • Community Programming for Children and Youth
  • International Education
  • 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 Teaching Certificate are invited to apply to the five-year BA-MIT pathway. Applications the MIT program are accepted each spring.

Graduate Programs

Details for the following programs are available in the Graduate Catalog:

  • 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