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2014 BAEd Elementary Education / Literacy Minor

Central Washington University`s Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a major in Elementary Education (K-8) and a department-selected minor is available to community college graduates with a two-year transfer associates degree (DTA) or a bachelor or greater degree from an accredited college. Successful completion of this degree and other teacher certification requirements, including the state endorsement examinations, will lead to a Washington State teaching certificate with an elementary education endorsement.

CWU's teacher preparation program is accredited both regionally and nationally. Students obtain a broad education covering a variety of content disciplines. Our constructivist teaching philosophy, curriculum, and facilities support a rich education experience with small class sizes, hands-on experience, regular interaction with expert faculty, and opportunities for research. Through cooperative partnerships with local school districts, students have the opportunity to develop practical teaching skills in real classroom settings.

Admission Requirements

  • Meet CWU's general education requirements through a community college direct transfer agreement (DTA), bachelor's degree, or equivalent from any state accredited college or university.
  • Students must have completed the prerequisites or their equivalents listed below. Students must complete the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better prior to being admitted to the program.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last forty-five (45) credits or a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.

Application Process

  • Apply for admission to Central Washington University online at Submit official electronic or hard copy transcrips from any colleges or universities you have attended to Admissions in Ellensburg and provide the Wenatchee Center with a student copy for advising purposes.
  • Apply to the Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) at CWU. Download and complete the TPP Application at Submit completed application packet to CWU-Wenatchee.
  • Pass all sections of the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B). Testing dates and information are available online at
  • Visit the Wenatchee Center early in your academic career to learn about the prerequisites specific to the department-selected minor.


Prerequisite Courses
EFC 310Orientation to Teaching3
MATH 164Foundations of Arithmetic5
MATH 250Intuitive Geometry for Elementary Teachers4
PSY 314Human Development and the Learner4
Professional Education Program
Pre-Admission Observation0
EDBL 401Principles and Practices for Educating Linguistically Diverse Students3
EDSE 302Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities3
EFC 210Seminar1
EFC 315Educational Assessment3
EFC 320Multicultural Education3
EFC 330Field Experience2
EFC 340Methods of Instruction3
EFC 350Classroom Management3
EFC 416Educational Technology3
EFC 440Education Law3
EFC 480Student Teaching16
Elementary Education Major
EDEL 320Integrated Arts in the Elementary School5
EDEL 323Teaching Elementary School Mathematics4
EDEL 420Social Sciences in the Elementary School4
EDEL 423Integrated Methods for the Elementary School3
EDLT 308Literacy I3
EDLT 321Teaching Children's Literature3
EDLT 409Literacy II5
EDLT 422Teaching the Language Arts4
HED 446Health Education Curriculum for Elementary Teachers3
PE 334Physical Education Activities for the Elementary School3
SCED 322Science Education in the Elementary School4
Department-approved electives3-5


Additional Resources

For information about CWU's Certification program, visit For information about the teaching profession in general, visit

BAEd Elementary Education (PDF)
BAEd Elementary Education - Transfer Academic Program Plan (PDF)