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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 
  • Seven (7) quarters including student teaching (80 course credits/16 credits student teaching) 
  • Elementary school field experiences 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
    • 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 dual endorsement?

The Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning has 5 locations.
Ellensburg Des Moines Pierce Wenatchee Yakima
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 to have all of their General Education Requirements 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 204-30, or at your Center location.


Elementary Education Pre-Program Advisors
Ellensburg Des Moines Pierce Wenatchee Yakima
Advisor Advisor Advisor Advisor Advisor
Ms. Tracy Wise Ms. Amy Meyers Ms. Amy Meyers Ms. Monica Medrano Ms. Melanie Palm
Black Hall 204-30        
(509) 963-1476 (509) 963-3840 (509) 963-3840   (509) 963-3710

Admissions Phase 2: Admission to the Teacher Certification Program

See requirements for Teacher Certification Program

  • Obtain proof you have purchased a minimum of $1 million liability insurance. Insurance can be purchased through CWU for $7.12 by completing the Professional Liability Insurance Enrollment form.
  • Obtain valid WSPI/FBI fingerprint clearance and maintain it throughout the program.  Fingerprints are valid for 2 years only.
  • Declare a major. Discuss minor and/or second major options with your advisor.
  • Complete MATH 164—Foundations of Arithmetic (5) and MATH 226—Mathematics for Teachers: Geometry & Measurement (4) with a “C” or higher.


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