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Science and Mathematics Education

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Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: 509-963-2929

Secondary (High School)

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.

Secondary science teachers receive certification to teach grades 5-12, but most teach at the high school level, grades 9-12.  Students specifically interested in middle level (4-9) should consider the Middle Level Science Teaching MajorEach major and minor program is described below.  For all programs, you should visit with the appropriate advisor as soon as possible.  The most current program requirements and course descriptions are available on the online course catalog.


Our endorsable major programs in secondary science in conjunction with the STEM Teaching Program:

Endorsement Approved Major Degrees Major Department
Biology (5-12) Biology Majors, BA & BS options Biological Sciences
Chemistry (5-12) Chemistry Majors, BA & BS options


Earth and Space Science (5-12) Geology Majors, BA & BS options Geological Sciences
Physics (5-12) Physics Majors, BA & BS options Physics
Middle Level Science Science: Middle Level Education, BA Science Education
Computer Science (5-12) Computer Science, BS Computer Science




Science teaching majors have a number of endorsable minors to choose from. The most commonly chosen minors are listed below. Meet with an advisor as soon as possible to choose the best minor for your major program and career goals.

STEM Teaching Program Minor

The STEM Teaching Program prepares students to teach science or mathematics at the middle school, junior high, or high school levels. To take the STEM Teaching Program, students must also be enrolled in one of the approved majors listed above.  To qualify for the Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate, students must, in addition to successfully completing the STEM Teaching Program and their approved major degree, demonstrate proficiency in student learning outcomes through a program portfolio and pass the NES exam and the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) in their endorsement area.  Certification eligibility is monitored by the Teacher Certification Office in the School of Education.  See the STEM Teaching Program advisor as soon as possible for more information and to develop a course of study.

List of courses for this minor.  Advising for this minor.


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