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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Elementary Education

Elementary Education Major Program 

The Elementary Education major, offered by the Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning (EDTL), prepares teacher candidates to be outstanding k-8 educational leaders and facilitators of learning. 

Program Highlights

  • Eligiblity for a Washington State teaching certificate/initial endorsement in Elementary Education.
  • Major specializes in kindergarten to grade 8 education. 
  • 7 quarters including student teaching (80 course credits/ 16 credits student teaching) 
  • Elementary school field experiences in every quarter. 
  • Thematic quarters to fully explore concepts and deepen learning.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced faculty who focus on teaching in elementary grades.
  • Practical classroom management, instructional and assessment needed by beginning educators.
  • Focus on diverse learners and whole child development and learning.
  • High standards are set and manifest in observable ways, such as:
    • the integration of authentic materials and technology,
    • best practices in pedagogy and assessment,
    • the blending of standards-based instruction and creative expression, and
    • the accentuation of a positive classroom environment through classroom management techniques that empower students to be intrinsically motivated to learn.
Do I need a minor or a dual endorsement?

The Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning has 5 locations.
EllensburgDes MoinesPierceWenatcheeYakima
400 E. University Way
Black Hall, Room 205
Ellensburg, WA 98926
2400 S. 240th St. Rm 265
Des Moines, WA 98198
401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
Higher Education Center
1300 Fifth Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
1000 S. 12th Ave.
Deccio Higher Education Center, Rm 107
Yakima, WA 98902
509-574-6894, then press 0

The EDTL Department has structured the Elementary Education major, so that you may graduate as quickly as possible. This requires students have all of their General Education and prerequisites completed prior to beginning the program.

Admissions Phase 1: Elementary Education Program Prerequisites

  • Visit with a pre-program advisor in the School of Education, Black Hall 127, or at your Center location.


Des Moines




Ms.Tracy Wise
Black Hall, suite 127
Contact for an Advisor
Ms. Amy Meyers
Contact for an Advisor
Ms. Amy Meyers

Contact for an Advisor Ms. Monica Medrano 

Contact for an Advisor Ms. Melanie Palm 509-963-3710

Admissions Phase 2: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program. See requirements for Teacher Certification Program.

Elementary Education Four-Year Plan

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