The Elementary Education major and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minor leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Education with certification in Elementary Education (k-8) and English Language Learners (ELL p-12). Candidates proficient in a non-English language may also add the Bilingual Education Endorsement.
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. Candidates in this program gain valuable expertise, through deep and extended field work, preparing them to teach in classrooms where second language students are enrolled.
Cohorts are admitted each January. Students will need to plan for a total of seven quarters to complete the program, including two full-time summer quarters. Classes are held Monday- Thursday during the day (typically a 10am start).
The program is also open to already certificated teachers wishing to add the Elementary, ELL, or Bilingual endorsements.
This program begins only in the winter quarter of the academic year. The priority application deadline is June 1st of the year prior. Late applications are accepted through November 1st. for qualified candidates. Qualified applicants are admitted based upon their date of application; late applicants may be wait-listed. Applicants do not need to have completed all pre-requisites/requirements prior to applying, but must have an academic plan in place in order to complete them before the program begins in January. Those who are interested in future admission should plan carefully to meet the following requirements and procedures:
Pre-admission Observation Experience or EFC 330 Field Experience
EFC 310 Orientation to Teaching 3
MATH 164 Foundations of Arithmetic 5
MATH 250 Intuitive Geometry for Elementary Teachers 4
PSY 314 Human Development and the Learner 4