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2000 - 2001 Divisions of Instruction

The University is sectioned into several divisions of instruction as listed below.


Administration and Organization

Dean: Liahna Babener (Hebeler Hall 202)

Interim Associate Dean: Rosco Tolman (Hebeler Hall 202)

The College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) comprises 10 departments and programs, listed below, which represent the disciplines of the arts and humanities. All of the departments and some of the programs of CAH offer undergraduate degrees as well as minors which supplement other degree programs. Several departments offer Master's degrees. In addition to its role in providing degree programs, CAH is responsible for many of the course offerings of the general education program as well as extensive service coursework for the entire university. The College also plays a major role in Central's teacher education programs, offering Bachelor's and Master's degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific methods for teacher education majors. Building on a legacy of teaching excellence, college faculty are engaged in research, creative activities and service, involving students in the scholarship and practical applications of their various academic specializations, while making important contributions to the intellectual tradition and to society at large. There are no special requirements for admission to the College, but some departments have requirements that are described under the respective department and program headings in this catalog.

Departments and Programs

Department of Art
Department of Communication
Douglas Honors College
Department of English
Department of Foreign Languages
Department of History
Humanities Program)
Department of Music
Department of Philosophy
Department of Theatre Arts


Administration and Organization

Web site:

Dean: Vacant (Science Building 107)
Associate Dean: Warren Street (Science Building 107)

The College of the Sciences (COTS) is comprised of 12 departments and a number of affiliated programs representing disciplines in the behavioral, natural and social sciences as well as mathematics. The departments and programs of the College offer undergraduate baccalaureate degrees, Master's degrees and coursework at the graduate level, minors which supplement other degree programs, and a comprehensive range of service coursework for the entire university. As an essential part of its mission, the College is responsible for extensive course offerings within the general education curriculum. The departments play a major role in Central's teacher education programs, offering Bachelor's and Master's degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific content and methods.

Departments within the College are committed to teaching excellence, to active engagement by faculty in research, scholarship and professional service activities, to student involvement in research, and to community service, employing practical applications of the various academic specializations.


All departments offer baccalaureate degree programs, and in some cases, minors and Master's degrees. In addition to consulting department/program headings in this catalog, students are encouraged to contact individual department and program offices directly.

Anthropology and Museology
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Geography & Land Studies
Geological Sciences
Law & Justice
Political Science

Affiliated Programs:

Programs offer specialized coursework, interdisciplinary baccalaureate or Master's degrees, minors, or public service functions related to instructional programs.

Allied Health Sciences
Central Washington Archaeological Survey (CWAS, Anthropology)
Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI, Psychology)
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies (Sociology)
Gerontology (Sociology)
Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (GIS)
Medical Technology (Biological Sciences)
Organization Development Center (Psychology)
Resource Management: Geography/Anthropology
Science Education
Women Studies


Administration and Organization

Dean: Roy Savoian (Shaw-Smyser 129)
Associate Dean: John J. Lasik (Shaw-Smyser 126)

Departments and Programs

Accounting: James A. Bailey (Shaw-Smyser 340)
Business Administration: Don R. Nixon (Shaw-Smyser 333)
Economics: Robert Carbaugh (Shaw-Smyser 428)

Accounting Program Directors:

Lynnwood Center: John O. Moore
SeaTac Center: Norman J. Gierlasinski

Business Administration Program Directors:

Ellensburg: Hugh Spall
Lynnwood Center: F. Lynn Richmond
SeaTac Center: Don R. Nixon


Central Washington University's School of Business and Economics prepares students for success in business and other employment opportunities through an educational environment that values continuous improvement, personal integrity, and enlightened citizenship.

Distinctive Characteristics of the SBE Educational Environment: The SBE believes its ability to fulfill its mission is directly related to maintaining and building on these distinctive characteristics related to students, faculty, and curricula.


Distinctive Characteristics of SBE Students:

•Students are versatile. They achieve a comprehensive set of business concepts and multiple skills valued by employers.

•Students are flexible. They understand the need to adapt to constantly-changing domestic and global environments and the role of life-long learning in adjusting to change.

•Students are active learners. They share responsibility for learning and participate as partners with the faculty in the learning community.

•Students seek additional learning opportunities. Students often take advantage of non-classroom learning opportunities, including: student organizations, internships, field experiences, small-business consulting, service learning, and international study programs.

•Students are diverse. Students benefit from being part of a demographically-diverse student body by learning to understand and value different cultures, ethnicities, and life circumstances.


Distinctive Characteristics of SBE Faculty:

•Faculty are teachers first. Given multiple roles and responsibilities, the principal role of faculty is to facilitate student learning. Faculty are encouraged to pursue excellence through the development of innovative teaching styles and pedagogies.

•Faculty are current. They endorse the concept that currency in one’s teaching area(s) is maintained and improved through regular intellectual contributions, professional and service activities, and personal development programs.

•Faculty are accessible. They provide advisement, individualized instruction, support of student activities, and help with career planning and placement.

•Faculty are "bridge-builders." They develop and maintain active relationships with various stakeholders, including: alumni, professional organizations, community college partners, community groups, and current and potential employers.


Distinctive Characteristics of SBE Curricula:

•Programs lead to well-rounded graduates. Degree programs balance rigorous major coursework with general education coursework, leading to well-rounded graduates.

•Courses have a common focus. Courses in the accounting, business admin-istration, and economics programs build a strong foundation of knowledge, values, and skills, focusing on the practical application of theory.

•Program review ensures effectiveness. All programs are systematically reviewed and revised to reflect new outcomes and to incorporate advances in contemporary theory and practice. Additional leadership and direction is provided by the Board of Visitors, the SBE’s external advisory group.

•Class sizes are relatively small. The academic setting within the SBE is characterized by relatively small classes, thus ensuring the availability of personal attention from the faculty.

Programs: The school offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the following areas:

Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Bachelor of Science, Business Admini-stration with specializations in:


General Business

Human Resource Management

Management and Organization

Marketing Management

Operations Management/Information Systems

Bachelor of Science, Economics with specializations in:

General Economics

Managerial Economics

The School also offers the junior and senior years of the Accounting and Business Administration programs at Wenatchee and two westside centers: Lynnwood and SeaTac. Please refer to departmental listings in this catalog for further information about each major.


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to major programs within the School of Business and Economics are identical regardless of the location of the program (Ellensburg campus, Lynnwood Center, SeaTac Center, Yakima Center, Moses Lake Center or Wenatchee Center). Students must first be accepted by Central Washington University and the center which they plan to attend. Then, students must formally apply to the School of Business and Economics and be fully or provisionally admitted to a major program prior to enrolling in 300-400 level courses within the School of Business and Economics. Application forms are available in the center and department offices. The application form must be completed and returned to the appropriate offices along with copies of current transcripts.

Applicants to all degree programs within the School of Business and Economics must have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 in all collegiate studies; further, applicants must have completed English 101 and 102. All course and grade criteria specified here apply to equivalent courses transferred from other institutions.

Full admission to the Accounting or Business Administration major requires the completion of seven pre-admission courses with a minimum GPA of 2.25 and a minimum grade of "C-" (1.70) in each course. The credit/no credit option will not be accepted for any pre-admission courses.

Full admission to the Economics major requires the completion of four pre-admission courses with a minimum GPA of 2.25 and a minimum grade of "C-" (1.70) in each course. The credit/no credit option will not be accepted for any pre-admission courses.

Students who have met all requirements will be fully admitted unless the number of eligible applicants at that location exceeds the available space. In that case, students will be admitted based on a competitive selection procedure.

Transfer Credits

Equivalent lower division (100-200 level) courses may be transferred toward meeting the pre-admission requirements for any B.S. degree in the School of Business and Economics.

Upper division (300-400 level) courses may be transferred toward meeting the major requirements only with the approval of the Department Chair and the School Dean or designee.

Transfer students must earn at least 45 quarter credits in their major at CWU.

Service to Other Majors

Students majoring in programs outside the School of Business and Economics who are required to take courses in this school for either their major or minor will be eligible to enroll on a space available basis. These students will be given priority over other non-school majors wishing to enroll in courses. All students must have taken prerequisites for courses prior to enrollment.


Administration and Organization

Dean: To Be Announced Associate Dean: To Be Announced

The primary role of the College of Education and Professional Studies is to support the mission of Central Washington University by offering and supporting educational opportunities of the highest quality for students. The mission of the College of Education and Professional Studies is to prepare enlightened leaders for the professions and for society -- leaders who will commit themselves to socially responsible citizenship in a global society.

From the College perspective, its role is fulfilled by creating and nurturing an academic environment where "quality" and "excellence" are synonymous with achievement. Each academic unit of the College has developed specific goals and objectives to complement this mission.


Administrative Management and Business Education
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC)
Curriculum and Supervision
Family & Consumer Sciences
Industrial and Engineering Technology
Military Science (ROTC)
Physical Education, Health and Leisure Services
Teacher Education Programs

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is the NCATE accredited unit that provides oversight for all CWU school personnel preparation programs. The CTL is intended to facilitate communication between and among the respective disciplines that contribute to the preparation of educators. CTL programs include the preparation of teachers, school administrators, school counselors, and school psychologists.

Conceptual Framework

Supporting the mission, purpose, and governance structure of the CTL is the "Constructivist" philosophy. This philosophy asserts that:

    1. Knowledge is actively created by the learner
    2. Knowledge is "constructed" or made meaningful when learners relate new information to prior knowledge or existing structures of knowledge
    3. Knowledge "constructs" are shaped by experience and social interaction, and
    4. Members of a culture collaboratively establish knowledge.

The framework for the professional preparation programs is divided into four strands.

    1. Facilitator of Learning as Expert Learner
    2. Facilitator of Learning as Knowledge Specialist
    3. Facilitator of Learning as Master of the Art and Science of teaching
    4. Facilitator of Learning as Teacher/Specialist Scholar

The four strands are interactive. The general education course requirements focus on developing the student as an expert learner. The student's major and minor programs provide the in depth study required for the knowledge specialist. The professional core, including learner outcomes and field experiences, prepares the student to be a master of the art and science of teaching. A formal graduate degree program, where the student synthesizes knowledge and experience, establishes the student as a teacher/specialist scholar. Ultimately, the overall goal is to prepare teachers, administrators, counselors, and psychologist who are facilitators of learning in a diverse world.

The Director of the CTL is the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies. For information about the school administrator program, contact the Department of Teacher Education Programs. For information about the school counslor and school psychologist programs, contact the Department of Psychology.

Teacher Preparation Program

General Information

The Teacher Preparation Program is administered through the College of Education and Professional Studies. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in collaboration with the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies appoints faculty to serve on the University Professional Education Council (UPEC), which advises the Dean on program policies.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the University does not guarantee a student admission into the Teacher Preparation program. Students must be fully admitted to the Teacher Preparation program prior to taking any courses in the department of Teacher Education Program's, majors and minors, or the required professional education foundation courses.

All candidates desiring consideration for admission must complete an application packet. Application packets can be obtained from the Associate Dean's Office located in Black Hall, 400 E. 8th Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7414, by telephoning (509) 963-2661, or by accessing our Home Page at

Processing of applications takes time. To insure the thorough review of transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc., it is required that all application materials for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program be submitted by the following dates: Winter, November 1; Spring, February 15; Summer, May 1; Fall, August 1.

Admission requirements are as follows:

1. A 3.0 grade point average for at least the last 45 graded quarter credits (the total may exceed 45 if an entire quarter is needed to achieve the minimum 45). Conditional acceptance can be granted to individuals with a 2.8 GPA. Transcripts for all college/university coursework must be submitted directly to the office of the Associate Dean. These transcripts are in addition to transcripts submitted to the Academic Services Office.

2. Completed application for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.

3. Completed "Character and Fitness Supplement" form. Answering "YES" to any question on the form will require that you meet with the Associate Dean prior to a decision regarding admission. All court documents should be submitted prior to that meeting. False answers to the questions on the form may result in denial of program admission and/or certification.

4. Minimum score of 24 on each of two recommendation forms completed by former teachers, employers, or professors (one must be from a professor or former teacher). Forms may not be completed by a relative.

5. Competency in basic skills as demonstrated by one of the following:

  • TET passing scores on all sections (scores cannot be older than 5 years)
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree program
  • Completion of a graduate degree program
  • Completion of 90 or more quarter credits and have earned a minimum grade of "C" in the following courses (or direct course equivalencies): ENG 101 & 102, COM 110, 250, or 345, and MATH 101 or 130.1 if secondary, or MATH 164.1 if elementary
  • SAT I Reasoning minimum score of 931 for tests prior to 4/1/95 or a score of 1041 for tests after 4/1/95 (score cannot be older than 5 years)
  • ACT composite score of 23 (score cannot be older than 5 years)

6. Signed fingerprint information form.

Note: Failure to begin the program within one year from date of acceptance may result in cancellation of admission.

The completed application packet needs to be submitted to the following address by the appropriate deadline date: Associate Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies, Central Washington University, 400 East Eighth Ave., Ellensburg, WA 98926-7414.

Please be aware that:
No grade lower than a C in major or minor, required English composition courses, and foundation coursework, and no grade lower than a C- in basic and breadth coursework will be accepted for certification.

To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA - cumulative, or for the last 45 graded credits earned.

Each applicant for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program will be notified in writing of the status of his/her application.

Completion of the Teacher Preparation Program does not guarantee certification by the State of Washington. In order to be certified, the candidate must demonstrate good moral character and personal fitness as defined by WAC 180-75-081. Fingerprint clearance from the State Patrol and FBI will be required prior to application for practicum and/or student teaching. If you have anything from your past that you think may compromise your certification, please seek advisement from the Associate Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies, (509) 963-2661, prior to submitting your application.

Teacher Preparation Program admission regulations are administered by the Associate Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies. Personal folders are maintained in the Associate Dean's Office for each student enrolled in a teaching program at Central Washington University.

Teacher Education Basic Skills Testing Policy

The following procedures should be followed by students taking the teacher education test option to meet the basic skills proficiency requirement for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program:

1. Prior to initial testing, students who have actual documentation of a disability should contact ADA Affairs to discuss any needed accommodations. Recommendations will be forwarded to the office of Testing Services.

2. Failure to pass any portion of the TET will require remediation. Remediation is defined as developing and completing a "Plan of Remediation" (could include tutoring, completing Learning Plus, completing a remedial course) which is filed with the Office of the Associate Dean. This "Plan" is developed with staff at the CWU Academic Skills Program or another agency qualified to provide remediation and approved by the Associate Dean.

3. Upon successful completion of the "Plan of Remediation" and upon recommendation of the Academic Skills Program, the student can retake the appropriate section of the TET a second time. A minimum of one-month delay is required between the initial test and retake.

4. Failure to pass the same section of the TET during the retake will require that the student appeal to the AMG committee (meets once per quarter).


In fulfilling "General Education Requirements," students pursuing elementary-level teaching certificates are advised to take at least one course which deals with minority ethnic groups, at least one course in English or American literature, mathematics, music, public speaking, and a laboratory course in the biological sciences.

Transfer Students

Students entering Central Washington University with a transferable Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from an accredited Washington community college will need to meet the admission requirements for the Teacher Preparation Program prior to enrolling in any education courses. These students are frequently surprised to find that, after finishing two years of community college, they have more than two years left to complete an education degree. That is because the A.A. degree required 90 credits and, when transferred to CWU, satisfies only the Basic and Breadth requirements which can generally be completed in 60 credits at CWU. Community college students can make good use of the additional 30 credits required by the A.A. by selecting courses at the community college which may meet major, minor, or, in some cases, courses in the teacher preparation program. It is also possible to include the four courses (ENG 101 and 102, COM 110, 250, or 345, or 250, and MATH 101, 130.1, or 164.1) in the A.A. program which would meet the basic skills requirement for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program (see item #5 under Admission Requirements above). Check your community college's equivalency sheet to make certain your courses are equivalent to CWU's courses for these particular requirements.

Alternative Admissions Procedures to Teacher Preparation

Students who do not have the required grade point average, or who do not pass portions of the teacher education test may apply for provisional admission to the teacher preparation program by alternative means.


1. Applications will be made in the Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation Committee of the UPEC in care of the CEPS Associate Dean. The written application will include the following:

a. A letter from the applicant’s major advisor that supports the following:

Applicant’s academic ability

Service experience

Growth, commitment and motivation

Potential for graduate study (following graduation from the undergraduate program)

Potential for success in working with diverse groups,

Other criteria appropriate to the applicant’s potential as a teacher, and,

Other extenuating circumstances that may have affected the applicant’s grades and test scores.

b. One supporting letter from a former employer, supervisor, or other individual knowledgeable of the applicant’s experiences in working with young people.

c. A personal essay by the applicant that describes his/her educational goals and objectives.

2. An interview with the Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation Committee may be required

3. Those admitted will be monitored on a quarterly basis by the AMG Committee and will meet all admission requirements prior to student teaching.

4. Students who have been admitted to the teacher preparation program via the AMG will receive personal guidance to facilitate completion of their undergraduate degrees and receipt of their certificates.

5. For further information, contact the Associate Dean of the College.

Graduation/Certification Requirements for Teacher Preparation Program

1. No grade lower than a C in major, minor, composition courses, and professional education foundation courses.

2. Minimum GPA of 2.5 in major, minor, and professional education foundation courses.

3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 45 graded credits or cumulative.

4. A degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, or Early Childhood Education may not be awarded without certification.

Major and Minor Concentrations

To achieve certification, students must select a major which leads to a University "Primary" endorsement for teaching in the schools of Washington State. The state has implemented new endorsement requirements to be effective 9/1/2000. Students will need to check with their major/minor department(s) to make sure their major/minor is endorsable. It is anticipated that CWU will offer endorsable majors in the following "Primary Endorsement" areas.

Business Education
Designated World Languages
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Elementary Education
English/Language Arts
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Library Media
Marketing Education
Middle Level
Social Studies
Special Education
Technology Education
Visual Arts

A "Primary" endorsement will be required to obtain a teaching certificate. "Supporting" endorsements are optional and can be added to a certificate, but an individual cannot have a supporting endorsement without having a primary endorsement. It is anticipated that "Supporting Endorsement" areas will be offered in:

Bilingual Education
Designated World Languages
Early Childhood Education
English as a Second Language
Library Media
Traffic Safety


CWU's Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It is also approved by the Washington State Board of Education to offer programs which lead to teacher certification. To be awarded Washington certificates, candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Completion of requirements for a degree does not guarantee that all requirements for certification have been met. In order to be certified, a candidate must demonstrate good moral character and physical fitness as defined by WAC 180-75-081. Fingerprint clearance from the State Patrol and FBI will be required prior to any practicum and/or student teaching experience.

Graduates of the Teacher Preparation Program are legally qualified for certification in states which are party to the interstate certification compact.

Initial Certificate

The initial certificate is normally awarded simultaneously with the Bachelor's degree. It is valid for four years and may be renewed for an additional three years. To qualify for the initial certificate, a student must complete all requirements for the certificate as set forth in this catalog.

Certification Only

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree from Central Washington University or another accredited college may earn the Initial Teaching Certificate by satisfactorily completing individually prescribed programs which are developed according to the student's individual needs and certification requirements as prescribed by the State Board of Education.

A condition for admission to CWU is that certification-only students must be fully admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program. See teacher preparation program admission requirements.

Students must make written request for a credit evaluation. Forms can be obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean. Transcripts need to be on file in the Office of the Associate Dean before an evaluation can be completed.

Certification-only students must complete the required professional education foundation courses and at least one CWU subject endorsement. CWU subject endorsements vary from department to department, and year to year. Check with the Office of the Associate Dean for current endorsement requirements.

Transfer credits may be accepted for certification-only programs. However, final approval of subject endorsement programs lies with the individual student's department.

Continuing Certificate

Candidates for the continuing certificate must meet the following requirements:

* Have a minimum of two (2) endorsements on their teaching certificate*

* Verify at least one year of full-time teaching experience

* Complete 45 credits of upper-division (300 level or higher) coursework, including courses in abuse, staff development and supervision, research and evaluation, and referral agencies

Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean located in Black Hall 228.

In order to qualify for endorsement to teach in more than one specialization, students must meet the requirements for each specialization. Experienced teachers may petition the Curriculum and Supervision Department for permission to student teach for less than the normal 16 credits.

To maintain the continuing (professional) certificate, each person must complete 150 clock hours of approved inservice education and/or 15 college or university credits every five years.

*Candidates for the continuing certificate must have been granted at least two subject area endorsements. Subject area endorsements, with the exception of broad subject area endorsements of English/language arts, science and social studies, require satisfactory completion of 24 credits in specified areas of studies. Broad subject endorsements require 45 credits.

Recency of Coursework

Education courses may not be older than 10 years at the time of graduation/certification.