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Teach STEM

Middle Level Teach STEM - Des Moines, WA

Currently Enrolling Fall 2020


  • Earn your Bachelor's degree, Teaching Certification, and 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, during the day only three 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?

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Darin Knapp

Building 29 Highline College
STEM Master Teacher

Program Summary


Middle Level Mathematics / Science / Teach STEM is a double major with minor program offered by CWU – Des Moines. This program leads to Washington State Residency Teacher Certification with endorsements in Middle Level Mathematics and Middle Level Science (both grades 4 - 9). Students graduate prepared to teach math and 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 these two teaching endorsements greatly increases your job prospects over either one alone.

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. Dual preparation in mathematics and science will enhance your teacher toolkit as mathematics is the language of science and science provides a context for mathematics.

The program meets during the day only three days per week. 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 listed below. 
  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 Darin at

CWU Prerequisite Courses

MATH 154: Pre-Calculus Mathematics II SCED 101: Integrated Life Science
MATH 164: Foundations of Arithmetic SCED 102: Integrated Earth and Space Science*
MATH 211: Statistical Concepts and Methods SCED 103: Integrated Physical Science*
MATH 226: Mathematics for Teachers: Geometry and Measurement PHYS 101: Introductory Astronomy*
*Recommended prerequisite but may be taken during the first year of the program, must self-arrange.

Equivalencies for Puget Sound area transfer colleges

For all other colleges, contact Darin at for a credit evaluation.

Program Courses by Quarter

Fall Quarter 1  (17 Credits)
Course Number: Course Name (Credits) 

STP 300: Inquiry Based Teaching and Lesson Design (4)
STP 303: Knowing and Learning (4)
MATH 232: Discrete Modeling for Middle-level Teachers (4)
SCED 320: Genetics and Cell Biology Concepts (5)
Also: 10-20 field hours required each quarter this year;  First quarter: Take West-B and apply to Teacher Certification Program; Apply for all scholarships you may qualify for. Key ones are: TEACH Grant, Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant, WSOS Scholarship, and CWU's Scholarship Central          

Winter Quarter 1  (15 Credits)
STP 308: Perspectives in Science and Math Education (3)
MATH 316: Mathematics for Teachers: Proportional Reasoning and Algebra (4) 
MATH 170: Intuitive Calculus (5)  
SCED 354: Science, Society and the Teaching Community (3)   
Spring Quarter 1  (17 Credits)

STP 304: Classroom Interactions 1 (4)
STP 307A: Functions and Modeling in STEM Education (3)
MATH 130: Finite Mathematics (5)
SCED 330: Marine Science for Teachers (5)

Fall Quarter 2   (16 Credits)

STP 305: Classroom Interactions 2 (4)
STP 309: Research Methods (3)
SCED 311: Science Concepts for Teachers (5)        
MATH 405: Probability and Statistics for Teachers (4)
Also: 30-40 field hours required each fall & winter this year; Fall: apply for student teaching; must meet student teaching requirements by quarter end; Apply for the Elliot and Howard scholarships through CWU's Scholarship Central and Student Teaching Residency Grant, if you meet qualifications.

Winter Quarter 2   (17 Credits)
STP 306: Project-based Instruction (3)  
MATH 306: Middle-level Mathematics Standards Review (2)
MATH 406: Algebra for Teachers (4)
MATH 456: Geometry for Teachers (4)
SCED 422: Advanced Teaching Strategies for K-8 Science (4)

Also: Take Middle Grades General Science and Middle Grades Mathematics NES Exams

Spring Quarter 2 (16 credits) Location arranged

EFC 480: Student Teaching (16)
No other courses can be taken at the same time as student teaching; 350+ (full time) field hours required this quarter.

Program Costs (updated May 2020)

CWU Tuition and Student Fees* (6 quarters) 16,020
Books, Course Fees, and Parking approx. 800
Teacher Certification Fees^ approx. 800
*6 quarters full time for 2019-2020. Likely to increase by 5% for 2020-2021
^Includes: West B, Fingerprinting, Insurance, NES, edTPA, CWU Graduation, and OSPI Certification fees. Waivers for students with financial need are available for the majority of these fees. See fee breakdown in the FAQs sheet.
Students applying to or enrolled in this program may qualify for several different scholarships.  Check out our scholarships page or contact your advisor.

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