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.
- 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.
- Students must have completed the prerequisites or their equivalents listed below.
- Apply for admission to Central Washington University online at www.cwu.edu/admissions. 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.
- Students must be admitted to CWU’s Teacher Preparation Program (www.cwu.edu/teacher-certification 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 www.west.nesinc.com.
|Prerequisites - Area community college equivalents for CWU prerequisites courses.|
|Community College||EFC 310||MATH 164||MATH 250||PSY 314|
|Centralia||EDUC& 201||MATH& 131||MATH& 132||PSYC& 200|
|Green River||EDUC& 205||MATH 170||MATH 171||PSYC& 200|
|Pierce||EDUC& 202||MATH& 171||MATH& 172||PSYC& 200|
|South Puget Sound||EDUC& 205||MATH& 131||MATH& 132||PSYC& 200|
|Tacoma||EDUC& 205||MATH& 131||MATH& 132||PSYC& 200|
|Professional Education Program||Credits|
|EDBL 401||Educating Linguistically Diverse Students||3|
|EDSE 302||Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities||3|
|EFC 315||Educational Assessment||3|
|EFC 320||Multicultural Education||3|
|EFC 330||Field Experience||2|
|EFC 340||Methods of Instruction||3|
|EFC 350||Classroom Management||3|
|EFC 416||Educational Technology||3|
|EFC 440||Education Law||3|
|EFC 480||Student Teaching||16|
|Elementary Education Major|
|EDEL 320||Integrated Arts in the Elementary School||5|
|EDEL 323||Teaching Elementary School Mathematics||4|
|EDEL 420||Social Sciences in the Elementary School||4|
|EDEL 423||Integrated Methods for the Elementary School||3|
|EDLT 308||Literacy I||3|
|EDLT 321||Teaching Children's Literature||3|
|EDLT 409||Literacy II||5|
|EDLT 422||Teaching the Language Arts||4|
|HED 446||Health Education Curriculum for Elementary Teachers||3|
|PE 334||Physical Education Activities for the Elem School||3|
|SCED 322||Science Education in the Elementary School||4|
|EDBL 440||Literacy with Linguistically Diverse Students||3|
|EDLT 324||Literacy Across the Curriculum||3|
|EDLT 410||Teaching Word Recognition Skills||3|
|EDLT 411||Teaching Comprehension||3|
|EDLT 412||Assessment of Literacy Skills and Process||3|
|EDLT 413||Methods and Materials for Literacy Instruction||3|
|EDLT 414||Teach Literacy in Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual Setting||3|
|EDLT 418||Literacy and Linguistics||3|
|EDLT 493||Literacy Practicum||6|