School of Educational Studies


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The School of Educational Studies offers two undergraduate programs and three minors that prepare students to think critically about issues of equity and social justice in educational and community contexts.

Majors & Options

Educational Studies

The Educational Studies major is an interdisciplinary degree program designed for students who are interested in the field of education in all its forms.

Educational Studies majors have gone on to careers in educational or community-based non-profits, children’s museums, education policy, children’s hospitals, applying for graduate school in education, or teaching abroad. 

Educational Studies: Elementary Education Option

The Elementary Education Option prepares students to become certified teachers in Washington state elementary schools. Upon completion of this highly structured, two-year course of study, students meet all the requirements to be recommended for Washington State Residency teacher certification.

Students must seek admission to the Elementary Education Option via an annual internal application.


Diversity Studies

The Minor in Diversity Studies is an option for students who want to explore key concepts related to power, identity, and difference, and to understand how historical and structural relations of power and difference shape social relations.

Education & Society

The Education & Society Minor helps students develop broad perspectives on education's role in society, both in the United States and abroad. Students will investigate topics such as education policy, culture, knowledge, and equity in education.

Teaching & Learning

The Teaching and Learning Minor is for students who want to strengthen their knowledge of teaching in schools, workplaces, or other community settings. 

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