The Graduate Certificate in Accounting at City University of Seattle will prepare you to take the Uniform Certified Public Accounting exam through a challenging review of accounting concepts.
- CityU uses Becker materials to teach and review concepts historically addressed in the exam, making this program an efficient use of your time and resources.
- Each in-depth CPA review course is recognized for credit by the Washington State Board of Accountancy.
If you have an accounting degree and want to take accredited CPA exam prep courses, our online graduate certificate in accounting is for you. Get in touch with our advisers to get more information today.
A Q&A with Pete Van Tuyl, Principal Faculty
Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
MBA in Global Management from City University of Seattle.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I work in the yard, which is sometimes tedious but generally very rewarding. I love looking out to see the flowers blooming and fruits developing. When I get away from home, I head for the water where I enjoy snorkeling and kayaking. The green sea turtles are my favorite. They are so peaceful and stately!
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: I teach various accounting courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?
A: In my career as a CPA in public practice and then as a budget director for a nonprofit I found myself doing a fair amount of teaching others. I really enjoyed that and gravitated toward it. So when I had an opportunity to start teaching at City University of Seattle I jumped on the opportunity. I haven’t looked back since.
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching at CityU?
A: The accounting profession has been very good to me. I enjoy helping others to enter the field or advance their credentials and careers. I like being able to share my experiences of what the “real” accounting world is like, beyond the textbooks. I love interacting with the students – every semester I get insights from the different perspectives students bring to the courses. It makes me happy.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: The accounting profession is wonderfully diverse. It can be a springboard for entry into any number of careers, including taxation, auditing, litigation support, administration, managerial accounting, management, and data analysis. It is a career field that can lead in an amazing number of different directions.
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of taking one of your classes?
A: Accounting is not an easy field, but if you stick with it and ask for help whenever you get stuck, we’ll get you through. You’ll learn what you need to know and come out ready for a career in accounting (or a related field).
Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: Students love detailed feedback. They don’t feel like detailed feedback is yet another mass of words to wade through. They really do appreciate comments and criticisms that help them understand what they have done well and where there might be room for improvement.