School of Education

What we believe

  Puget Sound is a place where people come together —
to learn, to make lasting connections...

Who we are

  Faculty in the School of Education have extensive field experience as well as an in-depth commitment to their particular disciplines....

Why Puget Sound

  As you evaluate master's programs in education, there are several important factors you will want to consider....
Master of Arts in Teaching: Become a teacher               Master of Education in Counseling: Become a counselor


News & Events

  • Information Session for prospective Teachers and Counselors: 7:00pm, Thursday, November 5 in room 212 of Howarth Hall.
  • Congratulations to Andrew Miller ('05) on his book, "Freedom to Fail: How Do I Foster Risk-Taking and Innovation in My Classroom?" (ASCD, 2015).  Andrew is quickly becoming a leading national expert on 21st century education and project based learning.
  • To the so, so many MAT graduates who work in our local schools, all the best for the coming year.  Here's just a snapshot of accomplishments in one set of high schools in the Tacoma School District.  To Pat Erwin ('93), principal at Lincoln High School, what a remarkable day hosting President Xi Jinping of China on September 23, 2015.  And to all of our MAT graduates at Sami and Sota, who comprise the lion's share of the faculty, we're proud of your accomplishments.  Take a look at what Johnny Devine ('09) and Kainoa Higgins ('10) have to say about their schools.
  • Xi Jinping at Lincoln High School
  • Sami and Sota High Schools 
  • Congratulations to All of our 2014-15 MAT Students:  All students passed the edTPA.  This continues the trend of all Puget Sound MAT students having passed the edTPA on their first over the last three years.
  • What goes around comes around.  Noel Sollom-Brotherton ('11) was recently interviewed on about his life after graduating in 2005 from Dublin High (Dublin, California) through Whitman College to his MAT experience at the University of Puget Sound.  Noel is now teaching at Dublin High, and as a past swimmer, he's also coaching the swim team.  In July, his team won their first ever league championship.
  • Did you miss our information session?  You can make an appointment to find out about our programs or send your inquiries via email.  Please contact Karen Stump at 253.879.3382, or


  • The School of Education's Professor Fred Hamel has been appointed as Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Puget Sound.  Professor Hamel will serve as a critical link between faculty, coaches, student-athletes, and athletic administrators.   
    Professor Hamel was also recognized by the University for his work in P'12, P'15 education  with the Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award. Congratulations Professor Hamel!
  • We offer our congratulations to Chris Burns, MAT 2010, on being awarded University Place Teacher of Year!  In May 2015, Chris was also recognized by Narrows View Intermediate School with the Golden Apple Award.  Chris' dedication to the district's music programs, as well as his professional involvement with the Tacoma Symphony is well deserving of these honors.
  • Congratulations to the MAT class of 2013-14;  100% of our candidates have jobs for the coming year.
  • Congratulations to the  2013-14 MAT students.  All of our students passed the edTPA with an average of 50% above the state's cut score!
  • Congratulations to Kainoa Higgins '08, MAT 09' for being accepted to the Teacher at Sea program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  This great summer opportunity will complement the courses he teaches in marine biology at SAMI in the Tacoma School District.

  • Elizabeth Kirsch 12, M.A.T. 13 won the 2014 Graduate Program “Writing Excellence Award” at the University of Puget Sound for her Master’s thesis, “Sometimes text is just text”: Engaging Students in Meaning Making in English Language Arts.

  • Gary Cameron M.A.T. '96 is resigning as Port Angeles High School principal to take the same job at Upland High School near Los Angeles, reported the Peninsula Daily News June 13 photo story.

  • Stadium High School teacher Twina Franklin ’06, MAT ’07 received an honorary Community Leadership award for volunteering with children in Tacoma Public Schools, announced the district’s website.
  • Amy Ryken, in the School of Education, was quoted in an article in Edutopia about the challenges facing teacher candidates.  The story was written by alumnus and educational consultant Andrew Miller.
    Edutopia blog.
  • School of Education student Madeline Isaacson ’13 MAT’14 appeared on the National Public Radio show “On Point” on May 29. Isaacson said her Puget Sound student teaching had well prepared her for classroom work and she was optimistic about teaching—providing a counterpoint to other interviewees who had quit the profession (Isaacson at 23 mins.). 
  •  Vaughn Elementary School teacher Ernie Donehower '86 known to his students as Mr. D., will retire this year, wrote the Key Peninsula News in a May 29 photo story.

  • Current MAT candidates, Madeline Isaacson and Grant Ruby, and Professor Amy Ryken featured in Edutopia article on evolving challenges for student teachers.

  • Professor Terence Beck shares Puget Sound’s experience with a national audience.
    Terence Beck was invited to join the keynote panel at the 2013 annual conference  of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies.  The panel presented different perspectives around the use of the edTPA in Social Studies teacher preparation.  The edTPA is currently required for teacher certification in six states (including Washington State) with many others moving toward adopting this performance-based assessment.   Drawing on Puget Sound’s experience with the edTPA, Dr. Beck considered the ways in which the edTPA can inform teacher education programs as well as the issues that arise when a for-profit company takes on the task of determining if candidates are qualified to teach.

  • Jessica Stella, M.A.T. 2010, featured in Tacoma Public Schools "Inspired Teaching."
  • Justin Gorman, M.A.T. 2009, featured on the National Board website
  • Alice Cook, MAT 2005, has joined the Graduate School of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Alice is pursuing her Ph.D. in Urban and Minority Education after many years teaching in Washington, D.C. and in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  

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<h2><strong>What we believe</strong></h2>
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<h2><strong>Who we are</strong></h2>
<td valign="top"><a href=""><em>Faculty in the School of Education have  extensive field experience as well as an in-depth commitment to their  particular disciplines.</em><em>...</em></a></td>
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<h2><strong>Why Puget Sound</strong></h2>
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