College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences Advising Center

Prospective and Entering Freshmen

  • First-year students interested in pursuing a career in education have many options in terms of selecting a major. While Seattle University does not currently offer teacher certification at the undergraduate level, students may select from a wide variety of majors and minors which will well prepare them for future teacher training and teaching positions. It is strongly encouraged that students work closely with both their academic advisor and the pre-education advisor, Tonja Brown, when selecting classes.

    For those interested in teaching at the elementary level (grades K-8):

    Incorporate a variety of courses in basic subject areas such as English, math, social studies, language, life science and physical, earth or space science. 

    We also encourage consideration of a major with an interdisciplinary focus. The B.A in Liberal Studies is a great degree choice at SU due to the program's broad intellectual training and flexibility in curriculum.  

    For those interested in teaching at the secondary level (grades 6– 12)

    It is advisable to choose a major, double major or minor in the subject-area you want to teach. This way you will complete the coursework required for the endorsement-area in in which you desire to teach.

    Looking for a major specifically focused on education?


    The Matteo Ricci College offers the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching program (BAHT).  The curriculum is individualized to correspond to the grade level(s) and subject(s) that a student might want to teach. Students will not earn their teaching certificate at the conclusion of this degree, but graduates are prepared for entrance into teaching certification programs.   

    BAHT Contact Information:
    Elizabeth Layton
    BAHT Program Coordinator
    (206) 296-2666
    laytonel@seattleu.edu

    Liberal Studies Program Contact Information:
    Dr. Sven Arvidson
    Liberal Studies Director
    (206) 296-5470
    arvidson@seattleu.edu