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Early Childhood/Elementary Education is a double major program offered by CWU-Des Moines. This program, which has served the teacher preparation needs of the Puget Sound area for over 20 years, is widely respected by school districts in King and Pierce County.

A cohort model allows students to work cooperatively and collegially as part of a professional learning community. The program leads to Washington State Teacher Certification with Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 3) and Elementary Education (K-Grade 8) endorsements. This opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education while meeting teacher certification requirements is made available to residents of the greater Seattle area through cooperation with the Puget Sound area Community Colleges.

Students will need to plan for a total of seven quarters to complete the program, including a full summer quarter between the first and second academic years. During junior year and the middle summer all classes are evening classes, and meet Monday-Thursday beginning at 4:30pm. During senior year two full quarters are spent in internships at local area schools.

Application Process

This program begins only in the fall quarter of the academic year Therefore those who are interested in future admission should plan carefully to meet the following requirements and procedures:

  1. 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.
  2. Complete the lower division prerequisites or their equivalents listed below. Equivalencies at community colleges around the state for the prerequisites can be found at
  3. Apply for admission to Central Washington University online at Submit official electronic or hard copy transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended to the Admissions Office in Ellensburg and provide the Des Moines Center with a student copy for advising purposes.
  4. Make an appointment with the Program Director as part of the admissions process. Call (206) 439 3800 x 0 to schedule.
  5. Be admitted to CWU’s Teacher Preparation Program ( for the application process and materials). Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the most recent 45 quarter credits, and passing all portions of the WEST-B test. Testing dates and information are available online at
  6. Starting April 1, complete and submit the application questionnaire to the Des Moines campus. (Questionnaire will be available April 1st.)


Prerequisite Courses


Pre-admission Observation Experience0
EDEC 232Child Development3
EDEC 292Assisting in the Child-centered Classroom5
EFC 310Orientation to Teaching3
MATH 164Foundations of Arithmetic5
MATH 250Intuitive Geometry for Elementary Teachers4
PSY 314Human Development and the Learner4


For complete program curriculum, visit CWU’s online catalog at

BAEd Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education (PDF)