City University of Seattle’s state-approved Endorsement in Elementary Education provides Washington State certified teachers with an opportunity to begin teaching students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
- Flexible learning: CityU’s elementary education endorsement is offered in a mixed-mode setting with convenient class meeting times and online learning elements.
- Practitioner faculty: Our faculty of active practitioners lead with timely, real-world examples that will enlighten your learning.
Adding an elementary education endorsement to your teaching certificate opens up a whole new world of career opportunities. Our program graduates often pursue a change of pace by shifting into elementary teaching positions that are both challenging and rewarding.
You can apply to CityU’s elementary education endorsement program if you are an actively certified teacher or administrator in Washington State. You may also complete the program as part of your initial certification in our Bachelor of Arts in Education.
Talk to an advisor to learn more today.
A Q&A with Dr. Craig Schieber
Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: Doctor of Education from Seattle Pacific University. I majored in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Information Technologies.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Direct theater productions, run, read, garden.
Q: Do you teach any classes?
A: Right now I’m just doing field supervision, however in the past I’ve taught technology, curriculum, and assessment classes.
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I am fascinated by the growth process and the exchange of ideas. Joy comes in seeing and helping people realize their potential and beyond.
Q: Why do you enjoy serving students at CityU?
A: Because most of our students are non-traditional university students I am always honored to help them realize their dreams. These are courageous and strong people, most of whom are in the adult flow of life with responsibilities such as having a family, paying a mortgage, working a job, etc.
Q: What is one thing that you tell students?
A: They will get a relevant, practical education from dedicated practitioners.
Q: Any fond CityU memories that you can share?
A: My fondest memories come from times I have supervised and observed our students interning and student teaching in classrooms. Watching them learn our teacher’s art of reaching out and helping and nurturing kids’ natural curiosity is the best kind of memory.
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of attending CityU?
A: They will get a relevant, practical education from dedicated practitioners. They should be prepared and open to grow. They will come out of our program a different person. In the program we will work with them as they prepare to join a proud profession, which once they join, they wear 24 hours a day. It is a calling and a full life commitment.
Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: This is one that has been confirmed by course evaluations. The most common cause of student dissatisfaction in classes is lack of feedback from instructors on student work. That is our major focus to find ways to get student expectations and instructor performance closer together on this all-important instructional experience.
A Q&A with Maria Gross, Academic Program Director
Q: What did you study, and where did you graduate from?
A: Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Higher Education, University of Washington
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Travel, cook, read
Q: Why do you enjoy working at CityU?
A: I enjoy CityU because of its practitioner-based model through which application of concepts is foundational to education.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: I love teaching and expect and welcome them to challenge me and our education system.
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- Because you want an education that’s relevant to what’s happening in the real world, right now.
- Our faculty teach what they do for a living, not just what’s in the book. They’re smart, successful people who can help you get there, too.
- We keep class sizes small so you can get the personal attention you deserve.
- You can get an education without sacrificing your lifestyle.
- Over 500 students each year choose CityU to start or advance their careers in education.
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