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Des Moines

BAEd Elementary Education/Middle Level Math

Central Washington University's teacher certification program at Highline College is designed to meet the needs of time- and place-bound students and the state's need for highly qualified math and science teachers. Graduates of this program will earn a baccalaureate degree with teacher certification in Elementary Education and Middle-level Math.

This seven-quarter, full-time program is a collaboration between CWU-Des Moines and Highline College. A cohort of students will begin classes each fall quarter and run continuously including summer quarter. Fall through spring quarter classes are held in the late afternoon and early evening; summer schedules vary with daytime classes. Students complete the program spring quarter of their second year and are encouraged to use spring quarter to start searching for permanent employment and/or substitute teaching. Students who complete the prerequisites in two years at a community college earn teaching certificates in about 21 months.

Central Washington University's teacher preparation program is accredited regionally and nationally. CWU promotes student understanding of scientific concepts relevant to the individual and to society and fosters an appreciation of inquiry Students obtain a broad education covering a variety of content disciplines. Our constructivist teaching philosophy curriculum and facilities support rich education experience with small class sizes, hands-on experience, regular interaction with expert faculty, and opportunities for research. Through cooperative partnerships with local school districts, students have the opportunity to develop practical teaching skills in real classrooms. Graduates of this program will become teachers who are leaders in education reform efforts.

Admission Requirements
1. Meet CWU's general education requirements through a community college direct transfer agreement (DTA), bachelor's degree or equivalent from any state accredited college or university.
2. Admission to CWU. You can apply online at Your application must be submitted before June 1st in order to be considered for the CWU/Des Moines program the following fall. Priority application deadline is April 1st.
3. Admission to CWU's Teacher Preparation Program ( for the application process and materials), including a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the most recent 45 quarter credits, and passing all portions of the WEST-B test. Testing dates and information are available online at
4. Admission to the CWU Des Moines program. This requires an in-person meeting with Program Director Amy Meyers and successful completion of all prerequisite courses. Contact Ms. Meyers directly or call 206-439-3800 ext 3840 to arrange an advising appointment. For further information contact

To obtain a BAEd in Elementary Education from this program, students need to enroll in and complete the Professional Education Program, Elementary Education Major, and Middle-Level Math Teaching Minor (see catalog at for details). Students must complete the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better prior to being admitted to the program.

For a complete list of prereqs contact Amy Meyers.

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