Seattle Schools with Teaching Certification Programs
This article looks at 3 schools within 20 minutes of downtown Seattle and at the teaching certification programs they offer. It also includes a table of facts about these schools, such as enrollment, tuition, percentage of students who graduate on time and percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid. This table is designed so aspiring teachers can easily compare the schools. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph about several other Seattle-area colleges that offer teaching certification programs.
- The University of Washington - Seattle, about 5 miles from downtown, offers Master in Teaching, Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees.
- Just 4 miles from downtown, Seattle Pacific University (SPU) has a residency teacher certification program and a bachelor's degree program in integrated studies. It also offers a combined alternative route to certification and a master's degree in teaching program.
- City University of Seattle offers an alternative route to certification, a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in teaching with an emphasis on elementary education. It is about 11 miles from the city center.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information about these schools that can help prospective students who are deciding which is their best option.
|University of Washington - Seattle||Seattle Pacific University||City University of Seattle|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||46,166||3,783||2,199|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| Undergraduate:
| Undergraduate: $40,893
| Undergraduate: $16,920
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||57%||98%||39%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||46%||91%||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||94% full-time, 76% part-time||79% full-time, N/A part-time||N/A full-time, 20% part-time|
|Graduation Rate (students who started in 2011)*||84%||69%||100%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Washington - Seattle
The University of Washington in Seattle consistently ranks as one of the premiere institutions for teaching instruction on U.S. News & World Report's best graduate education programs list. In 2019, it was ranked 9th in the nation. While the College of Education offers a wide array of teaching-related degrees at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels, teaching certificates are awarded only through specific programs in the college's teacher education program.
Master in Teaching (MIT)
The Master in Teaching (MIT) program is the primary means of earning a teaching certificate at UW - Seattle. Students may choose to enroll in the elementary teacher, secondary teacher or special education program. To complete the MIT degree in elementary education, the student must take 62 credits' worth of coursework, participate in 805 hours of student teaching and complete a capstone project. Students in the secondary program must take 68 credit hours and complete 720 hours in the field. Undergraduate students have the option to enroll in the secondary teacher education program during the spring of their junior year, thereby simultaneously earning credits toward the graduate degree and elective credits towards completion of a bachelor's degree in their chosen field.
Master in Education (M.Ed.)
Students enrolled in this degree program may choose to specialize in 1 of 16 areas. While the specific requirements for each specialization differ, all students complete 45 hours of upper-division coursework, of which 36 hours must be at the graduate level. They must also complete a culminating work, which may be a thesis, comprehensive exam or special project.
Doctor of Education
This degree program prepares students for advanced educational leadership positions that use practical knowledge of existing educational theories. To qualify for admission, students must have completed a minimum of 18 hours of coursework and 1 or more internships. Once admitted to the program, the doctoral candidate must complete 18 more credits, pass a comprehensive exam and write a dissertation.
Seattle Pacific University
Founded in 1891, this institution consists of 6 different colleges, including the School of Education. Students pursuing their teaching certificate can major in their chosen teaching field or in the integrated studies degree program (through the College of Arts and Sciences). They also enroll in the residency teacher certification program. Individuals who already have a bachelor's degree may enroll in the post-baccalaureate certification program or earn a teaching certificate concurrently with a master's degree. The only undergraduate major in this academic department is in special education.
Residency Teacher Certification Program
Undergraduates who want to become teachers can enroll in this professional certification program during their sophomore year. The program consists of a foundations quarter, a methods quarter, an integrated quarter and an internship quarter. Participants learn about the background and theory of teaching, master effective teaching methods, integrate theoretical concepts into the practical context of the classroom and practice what they have learned in a classroom setting. They must also pass 2 educator skills tests. Students complete the requirements for this degree program while also working on the bachelor's degree program in the field for which they wish to earn a professional endorsement.
Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies
All SPU students who want to teach in an elementary school setting must enroll in this major, which is administered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The program prepares prospective teachers to instruct in 6 content areas: natural science, math, language arts, social science, the arts and health/fitness. Students must complete 64 credit hours in core courses and 30-35 hours of additional coursework in their chosen discipline.
Alternative Route to Certification/Master of Arts in Teaching
This 45-credit degree program awards a master's degree and teaching certification simultaneously. Students enter the certification program as part of a cohort that always begins summer session. During the regular school year, students take part in an internship and have their teaching supervised by a mentor. Students also complete 9 credits of coursework for the master's degree, exploring topics like the history of American education, moral issues in education and strategies for instruction.
City University of Seattle
City University of Seattle is the one of the largest private nonprofit universities in the Northwest. It is home to the Gordon Albright School of Education, which has certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. There are several routes students can take to become certified teachers through this institution; the students' choices will depend on their educational and professional credentials, as well as on the subject matter and age level that they want to teach.
Alternative Route to Teacher Certification
This endorsement program is designed to help fill teacher shortages in high-need areas. Individuals in this program typically have already earned a bachelor's degree. They may be paraprofessional educators, professionals not currently employed in the schools or teachers with conditional or emergency teaching certificates. The program provides the training required to earn endorsements in the high-need areas of special education, math or English language learners (ELL).
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Students wishing to earn a bachelor's degree and elementary school teacher certification at the same time may do so by completing this degree plan. They can take the standard curriculum or choose from 5 options that allow dual endorsement in elementary education plus math, special education, reading, elementary education or ELL. Once enrolled, participants must complete 90 credits of lower division courses and 54 credits in core education courses. Students must then engage in 4 semesters of internships at local schools and an additional semester of student teaching.
Master in Teaching: Elementary Education
Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than education and wish to teach may choose this route to certification. Prospective teachers in this program may choose either a single endorsement in elementary education or a dual endorsement in elementary education and special education, reading or ELL. They complete 34 credits in core education courses and 9 credits in coursework related to literacy. They will also complete 4 semesters of internships at local schools and a student teaching semester.
Other School Options
Other options for those seeking teacher certification programs within 25 miles of Seattle include the University of Washington - Bothell, 19 miles away from downtown Seattle, as well as Antioch University - Seattle, a small private university with an enrollment of 614.