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CWU - Pierce County
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
Phone: 253-964-6636




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Central Washington University's Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a major in Elementary Education (K-8) and a minor in Literacy is designed to meet the needs of time-and place-bound students. Successful completion of this degree and other teacher certification requirements, including the state endorsement examinations, will lead to a Washington State teaching certificate with an endorsement in Elementary Education and a minor in Literacy.

CWU's teacher preparation program is accredited both regionally and nationally Students obtain abroad education covering a variety of content disciplines. Our constructivist teaching philosophy curriculum, and facilities support a 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 classroom settings.

Application Process

  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. Students must have completed the prerequisites or their equivalents listed below.
  3. Apply for admission to Central Washington University online at Submit official electronic or hard copy transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended to Admissions in Ellensburg and provide the Pierce County Center with a student copy for advising purposes.
  4. Students must be admitted to CWU’s Teacher Preparation Program ( for the application process and materials). Requirements include 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


Prerequisites - Area community college equivalents for CWU prerequisites courses.
Community CollegeEFC 310MATH 164MATH 250PSY 314
CentraliaEDUC& 201MATH& 131MATH& 132PSYC& 200
Green RiverEDUC& 205MATH 170MATH 171PSYC& 200
PierceEDUC& 202MATH& 171MATH& 172PSYC& 200
South Puget SoundEDUC& 205MATH& 131MATH& 132PSYC& 200
TacomaEDUC& 205MATH& 131MATH& 132PSYC& 200
Professional Education ProgramCredits
EDBL 401Educating Linguistically Diverse Students3
EDSE 302Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities3
EFC 315Educational Assessment3
EFC 320Multicultural Education3
EFC 330Field Experience2
EFC 340Methods of Instruction3
EFC 350Classroom Management3
EFC 416Educational Technology3
EFC 440Education Law3
EFC 480Student Teaching16
Elementary Education Major
EDEL 320Integrated Arts in the Elementary School5
EDEL 323Teaching Elementary School Mathematics4
EDEL 420Social Sciences in the Elementary School4
EDEL 423Integrated Methods for the Elementary School3
EDLT 308Literacy I3
EDLT 321Teaching Children's Literature3
EDLT 409Literacy II5
EDLT 422Teaching the Language Arts4
HED 446Health Education Curriculum for Elementary Teachers3
PE 334Physical Education Activities for the Elem School3
SCED 322Science Education in the Elementary School4
Department-approved electives3-5
Literacy Minor
EDBL 440Literacy with Linguistically Diverse Students3
EDLT 324Literacy Across the Curriculum3
EDLT 410Teaching Word Recognition Skills3
EDLT 411Teaching Comprehension3
EDLT 412Assessment of Literacy Skills and Process3
EDLT 413Methods and Materials for Literacy Instruction3
EDLT 414Teach Literacy in Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual Setting3
EDLT 418Literacy and Linguistics3
EDLT 493Literacy Practicum6


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