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Department of Education

The professional education sequence is designed to provide experiences that prepare educators for early childhood, elementary and secondary school settings. The program provides a broadbased liberal arts foundation and practical applications that foster the holistic development of students who are liberally educated and professionally prepared.

Career Opportunities

Programs in education prepare students for teaching careers in early childhood (Pre-K - 3), elementary (K-6), and secondary education (K-12) settings as well as for educational work in trades and industries. With appropriate training and/or licensing, students may enter teaching careers or find positions in curriculum development, pupil personnel (particularly residence hall deaning), evaluation and educational administration. Graduates may also serve as church educators directing religious educational programs and Bible instruction in local church settings. Washington Adventist University offers liberal studies degrees that emphasize special education in the elementary and early childhood programs. This focus prepares graduates to fulfill roles in various teaching and co-teaching settings, addressing diverse learning needs.

 The programs are designed for those interested in working with children and/or youth in childcare settings, preschools, before and after care programs, vocational training, or youth centers, and secondary schools.

Programs Offered

Liberal Studies: Certification and non-certification Early Childhood/Special Education (BA), Liberal Studies: Elementary/Special Education (BA), Physical Education (BS), Music Education (BM), English Education (BA), Secondary Education Minor.

The degree programs lead to teacher certification and are accredited by the NAD and MSDE. Currently, Elementary Education/Special Education and Early Childhood/Special Education programs are listed “low-performing” until October 2017. These programs are also offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and address the needs of Paraprofessional Educators desiring to earn a Bachelors degree in preparation to enter their own classrooms for fulltime practice. For further information, please see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies section of the Bulletin.

Read the Department of Education section in the Academic bulletin.

- THE SCHOOLS -

School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.