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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Elementary Education

Elementary Education Major Program (effective 2018-19)

The Elementary Education major, offered by the Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning (EDTL), prepares teacher candidates to be outstanding k-8 educational leaders and facilitators of learning. Faculty ensure that teacher candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to educate and work with diverse school populations. Students who complete this major may be eligible for a State of Washington certificate with an endorsement in elementary K-8 teaching.

Faculty offer a robust and rigorous curriculum through supportive and academically rich environments. Coursework maximizes active, authentic, hands-on learning while seamlessly blending pedagogy and practice. High standards are set and manifest in observable ways, such as: (a) the integration of authentic materials and technology, (b) best practices in pedagogy and assessment, (c) the blending of standards-based instruction and creative expression, and (d) the accentuation of a positive classroom environment through classroom management techniques that empower students to be intrinsically motivated to learn.


The Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning has 5 locations.
EllensburgDes MoinesPierceWenatcheeYakima
400 E. University Way
Black Hall, Room 205
Ellensburg, WA 98926
2400 S. 240th St. Rm 265
Des Moines, WA 98198
401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
Higher Education Center
1300 Fifth Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
1000 S. 12th Ave.
Deccio Higher Education Center, Rm 107
Yakima, WA 98902
509-574-6894, then press 0


The EDTL Department has structured the Elementary Education major, so that you may graduate as quickly as possible. This requires students have all of their General Education and prerequisites completed prior to beginning the program.

Phase 1: Elementary Education Program Prerequisites

  • Visit with a pre-program advisor in the School of Education, Black Hall 101, or at your Center location.
  • Obtain proof you have purchased a minimum of $1 million liability insurance. Insurance can be purchased through CWU for $7.12 by completing the Professional Liability Insurance Enrollment form found online at
  • Obtain valid WSPI/FBI fingerprint clearance and maintain it throughout the program (valid for only 2 years). You may obtain WSPI/FBI fingerprints at the School of Education (SOE) office, Black Hall 101. Please schedule an appointment, call 509-963-2661. or your local Educational Service District (ESD). Contact information for an ESD closest to you can be found online at
  • Declare a major. Discuss minor and/or second major options with your advisor.
  • Complete MATH 164—Foundations of Arithmetic (5) and MATH 226—Mathematics for Teachers: Geometry & Measurement (4) with a “C” or higher.

Phase 2: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program Requirements

Elementary Education Four-Year Plan

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