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Biology Teaching
College of the Sciences
Business and Marketing Teacher Preparation
College of Education and Professional Studies
Career and Technical Education Teaching
College of Education and Professional Studies
Chemistry Teaching
College of the Sciences
Early Childhood Education
College of Education and Professional Studies
Elementary Education
College of Education and Professional Studies
English and Language Arts Teaching
College of Arts and Humanities
Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching
College of Education and Professional Studies
Geology with Teaching Endorsement
College of the Sciences
History/Social Studies Teaching
College of Arts and Humanities
Instructional Foundations
College of Education and Professional Studies
Middle Level Humanities
College of Education and Professional Studies
Middle Level Mathematics and Science Teaching
College of the Sciences
Music Education
College of Arts and Humanities
Physics Teaching Endorsement
College of Education and Professional Studies
Science Teaching
College of the Sciences
Secondary Math Teaching
College of the Sciences
Special Education
College of Education and Professional Studies
Teacher Education
College of Education and Professional Studies
Technology Education
College of Education and Professional Studies
Biology Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Crystal Weddington
509-963-2660
crystal.weddington@cwu.edu

Introduction

Interested in becoming a teacher? Good news...science teachers are in high demand in Washington State and across the country. Our graduates enjoy fulfilling careers, with many employment options. Science teachers get to share their love of science and make a difference in their community.

Opportunities

In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience.

Why this program?

When quality and affordability are both taken into account, CWU’s School of Education offers a best value to its students. That’s the assessment of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which recently released its ‘Best Value’ ratings of colleges of education across the United States. It is the first time that a national education policy organization has conducted a comprehensive review of quality paired with affordability.

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Business and Marketing Teacher Preparation
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

CWU Business Advising Office
509-963-2930
cbadvising@cwu.edu

Introduction

How do teens learn to balance a checkbook or use online banking? It turns out most learn from their teachers in high school. CWU’s business and marketing teaching major prepares students for careers in teaching business and marketing to secondary grade students (7-12).

Opportunities

At CWU, students in the business and marketing teacher preparation program are on the fast track to obtaining their teacher certifications and content endorsements.

Why this program?

It’s a good time to be a business and/or marketing teacher in Washington. The most recent Educator Supply and Demand in Washington State report indicated a serious shortage of business and marketing education teachers in the state’s junior and senior high schools.

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Career and Technical Education Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
alex.lange@cwu.edu

Introduction

Interested in teaching consumer services, early childhood education, food production, nutrition, textiles and apparel, human development, hospitality and tourism, parenting or interpersonal relationships? The Career and Technical Education Teaching major prepares you for a career as a teacher in any of those subjects!

Opportunities

Students graduating with a Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Technical Teaching major will help prepare high school students for responsible positions in work and community as well as help them learn about individual family wellness and how to value diverse populations.

Why this program?

Graduates with degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Technical Teaching are in high demand as life skills instructors in high schools throughout the country.

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Chemistry Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Levente Fabry-Aszialos
509-963-2811
FabryL@cwu.edu

Introduction

Is chemistry your passion? You might be an ideal candidate to become a chemistry teacher. CWU’s chemistry teaching major prepares students to teach chemistry at the secondary school level.

Opportunities

As an undergraduate, you will work closely with award winning professors on advanced research projects. You’ll get to present results at national conferences, and sometimes even help author publications for scientific journals.

Why this program?

CWU’s chemistry department is equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as the 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscope, atomic absorption spectroscope, fluorimeter, gas chromatograph, and much more.

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Early Childhood Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

Introduction

Do you want to touch lives and make a difference in educating the future? Or experience that moment when your student’s struggle to learn a concept turns into mastery? CWU provides future and seasoned teachers the specialized skills necessary to teach diverse learners. CWU's Early Childhood Education major prepares students to become teaching specialists for birth through third grade children. 

Opportunities

It's highly advised that students simultaneously complete the early childhood and elementary education major. Completion of this program as a double major and other teacher certification requirements will lead graduates to a Washington State teaching certificate with Early Childhood (birth–grade 3) and Elementary Education (K–grade 8) endorsements.

Why this program?

CWU's teacher education program is the 12th largest in the country. Students in CWU's program hone their skills by participating in career exploration internships and study abroad programs. 

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Elementary Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

Introduction

Do you want to touch lives and make a difference in educating the future? Or experience that moment when your student’s struggle to learn a concept turns into mastery? CWU provides future and seasoned teachers the specialized skills necessary to teach diverse learners. CWU's Elementary Education major prepares students to become teaching specialists for kindergarten through eighth grade students.

Opportunities

It's highly advised that students simultaneously complete the early childhood and elementary education major. Completion of this program as a double major and other teacher certification requirements will lead graduates to a Washington State teaching certificate with Early Childhood (birth–grade 3) and Elementary Education (K–grade 8) endorsements.

Why this program?

CWU's teacher education program is the 12th largest in the country. Students in CWU's program are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with diverse school populations. 

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English and Language Arts Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Bobby Cummings
509-963-1075
bobby.cummings@cwu.edu

Introduction

The English/Language Arts Teaching Major, in combination with the Professional Education Program, prepares you for a teaching career in middle, junior, and high schools. Our program blends knowledge of English studies with methods of teaching language arts, including courses on teaching multicultural literature, young adult literature, and writing.

Opportunities

Clear and concise writing, analytical thinking, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields including teaching.

Why this program?

Students involved in this program will find numerous opportunities to write and publish their work and to meet professionals in the field through activities and organizations such as Manastash (Student Literary Journal), Inklings Creative Writer's Club, Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series and Central Washington Writing Project.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
langeA@cwu.edu

Introduction

Students in Family and Consumer Sciences can touch lives, focusing on areas such as child development, family relations, consumer economics, personal finance, fashion design, and business and marketing teacher preparation. They learn about issues that affect individuals, families and communities.

Opportunities

At CWU, students who wish to teach family and consumer sciences will learn about developing interpersonal communication, oral presentation skills, leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Graduates can go on to teaching careers that help educate the next generation of students on issues that affect their lives and their communities.

Why this program?

CWU is definitley the school of choice if your dream is to become a teacher. CWU alumni have won five Washington State Teacher of the Year awards since 2005 and CWU is ranked eighth regionally (Washington, Oregon, and California) as a top teacher preparation institution, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Geology with Teaching Endorsement
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Crystal Weddington
509-963-2660
crystal.weddington@cwu.edu

Introduction

Science teachers are in high demand in Washington State and across the country. CWU graduates enjoy fulfilling careers, with many employment options. Science teachers get to share their love of science and make a difference in their community.

Opportunities

In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience.

Why this program?

When quality and affordability are both taken into account, CWU’s School of Education offers a best value to its students. That’s the assessment of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which recently released its ‘Best Value’ ratings of colleges of education across the United States. It is the first time that a national education policy organization has conducted a comprehensive review of quality paired with affordability.

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History/Social Studies Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jason Knirck

knirkj@cwu.edu

Introduction

This major satisfies the Washington State endorsements for History and Social Studies. This major is designed for students in the secondary teacher training program. Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the Education Department.

Opportunities

A degree in history can be a doorway to a career as an archivist, curator, documentary editor, historian, lawyer, librarian, lobbyist, and researcher.

Why this program?

Being a history teacher rates 4 out of 5 (highly satisfied) in career satisfaction. History teachers make $71,000 a year at mid-career.

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Instructional Foundations
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Ian Loverro
509-963-1252
Ian.Loverro@cwu.edu

Introduction

This degree program is designed for students who wish to have a background in instructional pedagogy but who do not want to complete the requirements for a teaching certification.

Opportunities

Those who complete the program will be prepared to work in settings requiring expertise in the foundations of education, such as training programs in business and industry, serve programs at educational institutions, and private child care facilities.

Why this program?

Curriculum and instruction careers are in demand. Jobs in this field are expected to increase by more than 13 percent during the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Middle Level Humanities
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

Introduction

Do you want to touch lives and make a difference in educating the future? Or experience that moment when your student’s struggle to learn a concept turns into mastery? Becoming a teacher may be the perfect choice for you. 

Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Humanities is for students seeking careers in teaching English language arts and social studies (economics, history, geography, social studies and civics) in middle school, which covers grades fifth through eighth. 

Why this program?

CWU's teacher education program is the 12th largest in the country. Students in CWU's program are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning. CWU provides future and seasoned teachers the specialized skills necessary to teach diverse learners.

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Middle Level Mathematics and Science Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mark Oursland
509-963-2100
oursland@cwu.edu

Introduction

Math teachers will tell you that few things are as satisfying as seeing a student figure out a difficult mathematical equation for the first time. CWU’s middle level mathematics and science teaching program is designed for students who want to teach math and science at the middle school level (grades 5-8).

Opportunities

Students in the middle level mathematics teaching program gain valuable instruction in linear algebra, geometry, statistics, discrete mathematics, and beginning calculus. Students will also learn pedagogy in courses that encompass student assessment, teaching in the classroom, and managing classrooms.

Why this program?

Central Washington University's Endorsement-Only Program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington State initial, residency, continuing, or professional teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate.

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Music Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
sara.carroll@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/music
Introduction

Want to teach music in the public schools?  The bachelor of music in education offers specializations in broad area, instrumental, and choral music education, setting all majors up with a quality preparation for teaching, along with a k12 Washington State Certification.

Opportunities

In CWU’s music department, your professors will work closely with you to help you grow as a musician, both personally and professionally. At Central we develop strong musicians who are prepared to enter the schools as distinguished music teachers.

Why this program?

CWU holds the largest constituents of alumni in the music education world, with over forty percent of Washington state public school music teachers graduating from Central!  The quality of music teacher preparation is second to none, and the mentorship our students receive is invaluable to the profession.

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Physics Teaching Endorsement
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Deanna Marshall
509-963-3005
deanna.marshall@cwu.edu

Introduction

Unlike some other universities—where physics teaching is heavy on listening but light on doing—CWU physics undergraduates work one-on-one with award-winning professors, performing research in state-of-the-art facilities, and presenting results at national and international conferences.

Opportunities

Physics is the study of everything in the universe both big and small. It’s the pathway to careers in chemistry, oceanography, seismology, astronomy as well as medicine and biology. It prepares you to work in the forefront in science and technology.

Why this program?

It’s pretty simple—we have great physics professors at Central who have gained national and regional recognition for their teaching and research.

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Science Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Tim Sorey
509-963-2929
scied@cwu.edu

Introduction

The Middle Level Science teaching major prepares students to teach science at the middle school, or junior high school levels. The program meets the Washington State endorsement competencies for Middle Level Science and may be combined with a K-8 or Middle Level Math endorsement.

Opportunities

Students in the middle-level science teaching program gain valuable instruction in life science, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, physics, and other scientific concepts. Students will also learn pedagogy in courses that encompass student assessment, teaching in the classroom, and managing classrooms.

Why this program?

Central's Endorsement-Only Program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington State initial, residency, continuing, or professional teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate.

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Secondary Math Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Mark Oursland
509-963-2100
oursland@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/math/teach
Introduction

Mathematics secondary teaching is for a person who enjoys mathematical inquiry and social engagement—and wants to share that enthusiasm with high school students. Our program is built off the expertise and experiences of our highly esteemed professors. CWU provides an excellent environment to prepare you for a rewarding and successful career in teaching secondary mathematics.

Opportunities

Academically talented students majoring in a STEM discipline (which includes math) have an opportunity to apply for a two-year SOLVER scholarship totaling $20,000. The scholarship is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and is meant to help promising students through the last, most difficult years of their degree programs. 

Why this program?

Graduates of CWU’s mathematics secondary teaching program are highly sought after. According to the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, there is a serious shortage of mathematics and science teachers in the state. 

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Special Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
denise.shaw@cwu.edu

Introduction

The demand for special education teachers is projected to grow more than 6 percent during the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Almost 1 in 10 children live with a disability. You can help these students learn despite their challenges. Utilize the tools and skills acquired from CWU’s Special Education program to tap into each child’s abilities and watch them excel.

Opportunities

Special education teachers use their knowledge to positively impact learning in children who have autism, dyslexia, developmental delays, and more. CWU's Special Education program prepares these teachers for meeting the diverse tasks required in teaching individuals with disabilities.

Why this program?

CWU’s talented faculty are passionate about the field of education and producing capable teachers to work in Washington State schools and beyond. An internship or practicum is required to ensure students receive hands-on real-world experience in the classroom. What’s more, employment for special education teachers is projected to grow through 2024.

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Teacher Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

Introduction

At Central Washington University, teacher education preparation spreads across the entire campus. College deans and the School of Education work closely together to ensure faculty who teach content areas for future teachers actually have teaching experience. 

Opportunities

CWU embeds real K-12 experience throughout students' academic careers. Central education students are required to complete student teaching before graduation and certification. While all teaching colleges measure students' knowledge of content and teaching methods, at CWU we also test compassion, caring, and conscientiousness using a unique evaluation process. CWU faculty teach these essential skills by modeling them; one-to-one attention, small classes, and individual connection produce the state's most effective teachers. 

Why this program?

Central Washington University's School of Education is the largest in Washington state and the 12th largest in the nation. We offer a variety of masters, majors, minors, and certifications for those interested in teaching or working in education administration. Content areas include physical education and school health, family and consumer sciences, business and marketing, career and technical education, science, math, history, English, music, and library science to name a few. Students can also choose to specialize in bilingual education, early childhood education, elementary education, literacy, world languages, Teaching English as a Second Langauge, and special education. 

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Technology Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Scott Calahan
509-963-3218
Scott.Calahan@cwu.edu

Introduction

The technology education degree is great for students with a basic background in woods, metals, drafting, and mathematics through trigonometry. It prepares candidates to teach exploratory technology education to students in junior high and high school. Majors can choose between two options: the technology education broad area, and the technology education major.

Opportunities

An engineering, safety, or construction degree from CWU opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the country. All programs are built on a strong foundation of technical courses with an emphasis on communication, making for limitless career potential.

Why this program?

• Our faculty collaborate with students on research and publications and provide proactive advising to keep them on track and job ready. • Classes are held in the Hogue Technology Building, one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology.

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Why choose CWU’s School of Education?

At CWU, teacher preparation is everyone’s business. Deans of the colleges of science, education, and arts and humanities work together to ensure faculty in their areas who lead teacher preparation courses have teaching experience.

CWU is the only institution in Washington that tests compassion, caring and conscientiousness.

CWU was selected to be among the first schools in the nation to test a new method of evaluating education majors for teacher performance. 

CWU provides real-world experience in every student’s course of study, offering K-12 classroom experience in more than 40 different courses.

For 125 years, Central has been preparing excellent teachers and educational leaders, and advancing education in Washington. 

The Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning in CWU's School of Education employs innovative and exciting new ways to teach math, science and humanities so our teachers can inspire and inform.

Connect with CWU School of Education

CWU has been educating teachers for 125 years. If your goal is to become a teacher, then Central is the best places to get your degree.

Academic Programs

In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience. Choose from one of these academic programs.

Experience the School of Education at CWU

National Teacher of the Year from CWU

Central Washington University alumnus Jeff Charbonneau was 2013 National Teacher of the Year. He talks about his love for teaching and how CWU prepared him to be a teacher.

Points of Pride

When quality and affordability are both taken into account, CWU’s School of Education offers a best value to its students. That’s the assessment of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which recently released its ‘Best Value’ ratings of colleges of education across the United States.

No better proof exists of the remarkable quality of teacher preparation at CWU than the quality of our graduates. They are state and national educators of the year.

CWU ranks first in the state and 12th in the nation for the number of teachers that a college produces every year.

In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience.

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