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Teaching is the Cornerstone of Central Washington University

Central Washington University is one of the top teacher producing universities in the state of Washington. In 1891 CWU was founded specifically to prepare teachers. Mr. Benjamin Barge was the first principal of the school. Classes were held at Washington Public School until the normal school’s first building, Barge Hall, opened in 1893. Preparing educators is integral to the DNA of CWU!

Currently the state of Washington is facing a significant teacher shortage. There are lots of good paying, stable jobs in teaching across the state. This is a great time to become a teacher!

Our CWU School of Education offers teacher education at our Ellensburg, Yakima, Wenatchee, Pierce, and Des Moines campuses. We prepare teachers in over thirty content areas, from preschool to high school.

Being an educator is one of the best jobs in the world! Come and join us as we prepare top-quality educators for the diverse needs of schools across the state!

Where do I start?


School of Education Departments

Educ​ation, Development, Teaching, and Learning - EDTL (Elementary Ed, Early Childhood Ed, Special Ed, Literacy, Teaching English as a Second Language)

Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership – CSEL (Secondary Ed, Alternative Routes, Educational Leadership, Master Teacher)

Teach STEM (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Math, Physics, Computer Science, Middle Level Math, Middle Level Science)


Teacher Certification

Office of Field Experience

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