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Teacher Certification

College of Education and Professional Studies

Admission Requirements for Undergrad and Post-Bac Candidates

In order to be at least conditionally admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, candidates must complete items 1 - 4 below. Conditional admittance is only allowed for one quarter (and is by permission of the Teacher Certification office), then the candidate must move to full admission. To be fully admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, candidates must successfully complete all items listed below.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted, therefore, will be returned to the candidate. In order for an application to be accepted by the Teacher Certification Program, items 2-4 listed below must be submitted together.

Admission Requirements are as follows:

  1. A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for the last 45 graded quarter credits (the total may exceed 45 if an entire quarter is needed to achieve the minimum 45) or overall CWU/transfer cumulative. Acceptance can be granted to individuals with a 2.8 GPA, with the provision those individuals meet the 3.0 GPA and are fully admitted prior to enrolling in EFC courses and making application for student teaching and certification. If your GPA does not meet the required 2.8 for conditional admittance or 3.0 for full admittance, it is your responsibility to contact the CWU Certification Office, once you have completed additional course work, to have your GPA recalculated. Please give the CWU Certification Office enough notice so that your GPA can be recalculated in time for preregistration as the recalculation of your GPA takes time.
  2. Completed Application for Admission to Teacher Education.
  3. Completed Character and Fitness Supplement.
  4. Official or unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended, except CWU (these transcripts are independent of transcripts sent for university application purposes).
  5. Successful completion of ENG 101 and ENG 102, and one of either MATH 101, 153, 154, 164, 170, or 172 or FIN 174.
  6. Satisfy the basic skills requirement. Students may satisfy this requirement through any of the following test scores:





    Info on the WEST-B can be found online at





    MATH PASS (240+)

    515 (prior to 3/2016)

    27.5 (after 3/2016)

    READING PASS (240+)

    500 (prior to 3/2016)

    27 (after 3/2016)

    WRITING PASS (240+)

    490 (prior to 3/2016)

    28 (after 3/2016)

    8 (2/2005 to 8/2015)

    23 (9/2015 - 8/2016)

    8 (9/2016)

The SAT writing test was added in 2005. This means no writing score will be accepted for SAT before 2005. 
SAT Score reports prior to October 2004 will have "verbal" scores which are the critical reading scores. If the score reports are from October 1996 to September 2004, then the verbal scores are the same as the reading scores beyond 2004. Use those scores to see if the candidate has satisfied the requirement.
SAT scores that equal or exceed the cut scores in the table above meet the entrance criteria, regardless of when the test was taken.
SAT October 2004 and later score reports will have critical reading, mathematics and writing scores listed if the candidate took the tests. 
SAT new test started administration March 2016.  
Concordance Table used to determine new scores for candidates taking new SAT test. 
All ACT scores that equal or exceed the cut scores in the table above meet the entrance criteria, regardless of when the test was taken.
ACT Writing was added Feb. 2005 so no ACT writing score will be accepted before Feb. 2005. 
ACT Reading was added Oct. 1989.  No ACT reading score will be accepted before Oct. 1989.
ACT Writing subsection was updated and a new version was administered September 2015.  (see score as of 9/2015)
ACT Writing subsection test has not changed but how the scores will be reported will change, as of September 2016.  The writing subsection test will be report on the range of 2-12.  The acceptable writing score will be 8. 
Print out a CHECKLIST of important steps to keep track of while completing your education program at CWU.

Submit completed application forms to Teacher Certification, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7414.  Students at center locations may email application/forms to

Statement on 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c)
Candidates of Central Washington University’s Teacher Certification Program, complete requirements to be recommended for certification or endorsement in the state of Washington. Completion of the Teacher Certification Program requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA, graduate with an endorsable degree and pass state assessments.  

Except for Washington State, CWU has made no determination if this program will lead to licensure in your state or the state in which you are seeking licensure. Please reference the resources below to determine licensure requirements and/or transfer policies in your state. 

The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) have negotiated licensure reciprocity agreements among states. This means that if you earn licensure in Washington you may be able to gain licensure in your own state based on proof of a valid Washington license. NASDTEC agreements can be found by clicking the link below. 

Please note: requirements for licensure can change without notice, therefore it is important to contact your State Department of Education to confirm reciprocity with your state. The U.S. Department of Education list of state contacts and information can be found here or you can select your state from the drop down below. 

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