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Teacher Certification Program
Black Hall 128-1

(509) 963-2661
teachercertification@cwu.edu

Application Process

You may apply to the Teacher Certification Program at any time after you have been accepted to CWU and have 45 graded quarter credits. After your application has been processed you will get an e-mail informing you of your program admittance status and what if any requirements you are missing.

Items required for application

Have the required items ready before you start your application process to make submission easier. Open the accordian items below for required forms and additional information about each requirement.

  • Character and Fitness Supplement: Before starting the application you will need three character references. Please have their full name, address, phone number and e-mail address ready. The Character and Fitness Supplement questions are now embedded in the online application.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended (except CWU) will need to be attached to your application.These transcripts are independent of transcripts sent for university application purposes. Please title LASTNAME_Transcripts
  • Basic Skills Requirement: Teacher Certification Program requires passing scores on basic knowledge tests for full admission. This requirement can be satisfied by passing scores for any combination of SAT, ACT or WEST-B scores. We evaluate your SAT/ACT scores in MyCWU at the time of your application, cut scores are listed in the drop down menu below. You can register for the WEST-B online and have scores sent directly to CWU.

  • Earned 45 quarter credits

    Or 30 semester credits on a transfer transcript.

  • Academic Course Pre-Requisites

    You must pass one course from each area. You can check your AR/CAPS Report in MyCWU to see if you have met that requirement. If you have an AA/DTA your transfer credit report or unofficial transcripts submitted with your application will be evaluated based for the specific courses. It is uncommon, but your DTA may not cover the specific list of courses allowed in either of these general education requirements. Click on the link below for the current Course Catalog.

    If you would like to look for courses that may transfer from other institutions, Registrar Services has resources to assist you. The Teacher Certification Program will officially verify this record.

  • 3.0 for overall CWU/transfer cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) OR the last 45 graded quarter credits
    • Whole terms will be used which may exceed 45 quarter credits.
  • Basic Skills Tests for Reading, Writing and Math

    You may use any combination of tests to meet the requirements for math, reading and writing. If you sent SAT/ACT scores to CWU, they are looked at when you apply. If you are missing a Basic Skill requirement in one or more of the subjects then it implies your SAT/ACT scores were not high enough and you will need to take those sections of the WEST-B.

    Subject

    WEST-B

    SAT ACT

    Math

    240+

    515 (prior to 3/4/2016)

    27.5 (after 3/5/2016)

    22
    Reading 240+

    500 (prior to 3/4/2016)

    27 (after 3/5/2016)

    22
    Writing 235+

    490 (prior to 3/4/2016)

    28 (after 3/5/2016)

    Did not exist before 2006

    8 (prior to 8/31/2015)

    23 (9/2015-8/2016)

    8 (after 9/1/2016)

    If you can locate your previous test results, attaching them to your application would be appreciated. Attaching your score reports is not an application requirement. If you have score reports to attach, please title them LASTNAME_testscores. You may have luck finding your score reports if you follow the links below:

    WEST-B scores

    SAT scores

    ACT scores

Full Admittance Status

  • Full Admittance Status will be award to applicants that meet all program requirements at time of application.

Conditional Admittance Status

  • Conditional Admittance Status may be awarded if GPA is between 2.8 and 3.0 and/or you are missing any of the admission requirements
  • Gives you the opportunity to enroll in pre-admittance EFC courses.
  • You are on the program roster and you will not have to re-apply to the Teacher Certification Program if less than two years in conditional status.
  • Must be fully admitted before you are cleared for Student Teaching
  • It is your responsibility to contact the Teacher Certification Program when you have met additional requirements. You can look at your "to-do" list in MyCWU for missing requirements including having your GPA recalculated. Please give the Teacher Certification Program enough notice so that your GPA can be recalculated in time for course registration as the recalculation of your GPA takes time.

Denied Admittance Status

  • Denied Admittance Status will be awarded if GPA is below 2.8
  • Gives you the opportunity to enroll in pre-admittance EFC courses.
  • You are on the program roster and you will not have to re-apply to the Teacher Certification Program if less than two years in denied status.
  • Must be fully admitted before you are cleared for Student Teaching
  • It is your responsibility to contact the Teacher Certification Program when you have met additional requirements. You can look at your "to-do" list in MyCWU for missing requirements including having your GPA recalculated. Please give the Teacher Certification Program enough notice so that your GPA can be recalculated in time for course registration as the recalculation of your GPA takes time.

Check our our FAQs section about Admittance Status

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Updated 8/2/2021