Seattle University College of Education

Social Justice. Leadership. Inclusion. Equity. Educating leaders since 1935.

The College of Education traces its roots to 1931, when James McGoldrick, S.J., established an evening extension school that admitted women. The radical move circumvented Catholic Church authority and effectively paved the way for a co-ed university and the founding of the college in 1935. The university's first discrete academic unit awarded its first bachelor's degree in education in 1937.

1891-01-01 00:00:00

Founding of SU

Founding of Seattle University as Immaculate Conception Church parish school.

1898-01-01 23:15:03

Seattle College Created

The parish school becomes Seattle College

1931-01-20 12:55:58

Extension School Enrolls Women as Seattle College is Back on Broadway

“Ye never ask; ye just act!” — Father James B. McGoldrick

1933-06-01 18:01:02

McGoldrick, S.J. Named Dean of Seattle College

In 1933, Fr. McGoldrick was named Dean of Seattle College, a post he held until 1943.

1935-01-01 00:00:00

First dean of women appointed

E.M. Anna Prouty appointed first dean of women, later succeeded by Marie Leonard.

1935-06-01 18:01:02

School of Education Accredited

Seattle University’s first discrete academic unit, the School of Education, is accredited.

1935-11-01 00:00:00

Maurice Flaherty, SJ, named Dean of School of Education

Maurice Flaherty, SJ, was named the first dean of the School of Education at Seattle College

1937-01-01 00:00:00

First Bachelor's Degrees in Education Awarded

More than one third of SU’s graduating class (71 graduates) received bachelor degrees in Education.

1940-01-01 00:00:00

The 40's: New Schools and GIs Expand Student Enrollment

Returning servicemen on the GI Bill helped expand Seattle University's student body.

1948-01-01 00:00:00

Seattle University incorporated

Seattle University College of Education

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