School of Education

Dean: Vincent C. Alfonso
Associate Dean: Diane C. Tunnell
Professors: A. Barretto, E. Bennett, M. Derby, D. Mahoney, K. Weber
Associate Professors:  J. Cox, S. Girtz, P. Hastings, J. Hunter, M. JeannotC. Johnson, D. Nieding, K. Rickel, M. Savage, J. Shepard, J. Traynor, M. Young
Assistant Professors: N. Calkins, A. Case, D. Garrett, K. Nitta, H. Nordstrom, M. Person, E. Radmer, J. Smith, A. Wissel
Lecturers: J. Neyman

Professors: J. Abi-Nader (Emerita), J. Burcalow (Emerita), A. Fein (Emeritus), T. F. McLaughlin (Emeritus),  J. Nelson (Emerita), R. Williams (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: R. Bialozor (Emeritus), J. D’Aboy (Emeritus), J. Dixon (Emerita), C. Salina (Emeritus), J. Sunderland (Emeritus)

School of Education Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare socially responsive and discerning practitioners to serve their community and profession.

  • We model and promote leadership, scholarship and professional competence in multiple specializations.
  • We support an environment that is challenging, inclusive, reflective, and collegial.
  • We foster inquiry, intellectual creativity, and evidence-based decision making to accept the challenges facing a global society.
  • We provide academic excellence in teaching, advising, service, and scholarship.
  • We promote, support and respect diversity.

The School of Education upholds the tradition of humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education and this tradition and mission are embodied in our theme statement: Preparing socially responsible professionals who serve with Care, Competence and Commitment.

Programs of Study

The School of Education offers three undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Special Education

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Sport and Physical Education

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Teacher Education.

Degree Requirements for the School of Education

Students must complete the general degree requirements of the University, including the University Core Curriculum, and the requirements of their major.

Please note: Every degree requires a minimum of 128 completed semester credits. No core, major, minor, or concentration courses may be taken under the Pass/Fail option.


Additionally there is a Teacher Certification program that enables students to obtain initial (Residency) certification. The School also offers initial and advanced certification for teachers, school counselors, and school administrators at the graduate level. Further information on these programs can be found in the graduate catalog.


All teacher preparation degree programs and elementary, secondary, and advanced certification programs in the School of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and fully approved by the Washington State Professional Educators Board (PESB).


While this catalog provides students with the most current information regarding School of Education undergraduate programs, students are advised that programmatic changes are a common occurrence in the field of education and are usually the result of directives from the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and outside accreditation agencies. The School of Education takes seriously its responsibility to communicate all changes to education students. Students must be sure to meet with their education advisors regularly to complete a plan of study in compliance with current regulations.