Teach STEM
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Middle Level Teach STEM - Des Moines, WA


  • Earn your Bachelor's degree, Teaching Certification, and your choice of two high demand teaching endorsements in Middle Level Mathematics and Middle Level Science in just 6 quarters (after your DTA with appropriate prerequisites)
  • Attend CWU courses at Highline College in Des Moines, WA; majority evening classes, 1-3 days per week
  • Complete program prerequisites as part of your DTA community college degree
  • Put learning into practice with authentic field experiences in every quarter of the program
  • The only program of its kind in Washington State
  • Did you know that the average salary for WA State-funded teachers is over $73,000?


Rachel George


Teach STEM Advisor



Program Summary


Middle Level Mathematics / Science / Teach STEM is a double major program offered by CWU – Des Moines. This program leads to Washington State Residency Teacher Certification with endorsements in Middle Level Mathematics and/or Middle Level Science (both grades 4 - 9). Students graduate prepared to teach math and/or science in middle and junior high schools. This endorsement combination is in high demand by schools in the Puget Sound area and throughout Washington State. Graduating with a math and/or science teaching endorsements greatly increases your job prospects.

This is the only undergraduate program designed to lead to this endorsement combination in Washington State. The curriculum integrates STEM content and teaching pedagogy and puts these into practice through field experiences embedded in every quarter of the program. Preparation in mathematics and/or science will enhance your teacher toolkit as mathematics is the language of science and science provides a context for mathematics.

The program meets majority evenings, one to three days per week, combining online and in-person classes. Additional field hours are required outside of class. Cohorts begin only in fall quarters. Well prepared students can complete the program in two academic years with no summers required. Students missing general education courses or allowable prerequisite courses (see below) may need to enroll in summer school in order to graduate in two academic years. Student teaching will occur in the second spring quarter.

Application Process

  1. Complete the program prerequisites or their equivalents based on the Transfer Map
  2. Meet CWU’s general education requirements through a community college transfer agreement (DTA), transfer Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent from any accredited college or university. Program prerequisites can be completed as part of several DTA degrees.
  3. Apply for admission to Central Washington University online at Submit official electronic and hard copy transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended to the Admissions Office in Ellensburg and provide the CWU Des Moines Center with a student copy for advising purposes.
  4. Make an appointment with the academic advisor to discuss your prerequisites and plan your schedule by emailing Rachel at

CWU Prerequisite Courses

See Transfer Map for course planning. Meet with Rachel ( for best planning practices. 


Students applying to or enrolled in this program may qualify for several different scholarships.  Check out our scholarships page or contact your advisor.