Elementary Education Major (Bachelor of Science)

A student majoring in elementary education must satisfactorily complete the required pre-candidacy courses, certification program courses, endorsement courses, cognates, the general studies program, and baccalaureate degree requirements as listed in this bulletin. Thirty credit hours in an approved content area must also be satisfactorily completed.

 

A minimum grade point average of not less than 2.75 is required in all pre-candidacy, certification, endorsement, and cognate courses that apply to these requirements. Any course graded lower than a C cannot apply. A total of two repeats are permitted in any course or any combination of courses in the Phase 1 Pre-Candidacy and Phase 2 Teacher Certification Program combined.

               

Practicum experiences in elementary education require a formal application, law enforcement background check, and moral character clearance. Contact the School of Education and Psychology for details.

 

To be considered for admission into the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) Phase 2, students must have junior standing or permission of department, a Phase 1 GPA of 2.75, complete an application packet and pass an entrance interview. (The application packet is available upon request in the School of Education & Psychology.) Students must demonstrate excellence in knowledge representative of scholarship, skills of professionalism and dispositions, along with personal fitness appropriate for teaching. These terms are defined and explained in the Minimum Competencies document distributed in EDUC 211 Introduction to and Foundations of Education. The document is also available upon request from the certification officer of the School of Education and Psychology.

 

Students applying for admission to the Teacher Certification Program are required by state law to earn a passing score on the Washington Educator Skill Test-Basic (WEST-B) and/or submit official documentation of current Washington State passing scores on the ACT/SATs, or a combination thereof, prior to admission into the program. Test dates and locations are available from the School of Education and Psychology.

 

Student teaching requires formal application to the School of Education and Psychology. Student teaching applications, available from the certification officer, are due by the end of fall quarter prior to the year in which the student plans to enroll for experience. The student must document a minimum of 450 hours, according to current Washington state requirements, in supervised field experience over the course of their student teaching. Check with the certification officer for possible changes.

 

Senior students seeking certification are required to take and pass the National Evaluation Series (NES) in elementary education prior to their last quarter of student teaching. Students are required to pass the current Washington State assessment instrument in order to obtain WA State certification. In addition, students desiring to pursue graduate studies in education are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (general).

Phase 1: Pre-Candidacy Program

Pre-Candidacy program requirements:

  • Courses must be completed with a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 before a student may proceed to the Teacher Certification Program.
  • Apply for admission to the Teacher Certification Program during the last quarter of pre-candidacy courses.
  • A minimum of a B- average in the College Writing/Research Writing sequence is required.

Pre-Candidacy Courses:

EDUC 211Introduction to and Foundations of Education

3

EDUC 220Educational and Developmental Psychology

4

Total Pre-Candidacy Credits: 7

Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B):

Students must pass all sections of WEST-B and/or submit official documentation of current Washington State passing scores on the ACT/SATs, or a combination thereof, before acceptance into Phase 2.

Pre-Candidacy Cognates:

ENGL 121College Writing I

3

ENGL 122College Writing II

3

MATH 112Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

3

MATH 113Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

3

Total Pre-Candidacy Cognate Credits: 12

 

ENGL 121 and ENGL 122: B- average required (ENGL 223 Research Writing may be used to meet B- average).

Phase 2: Teacher Certification Program

Formal acceptance into the Teacher Certification Program is required before registering for the courses listed below. To be admitted into the Teacher Certification Program, students must demonstrate excellence in knowledge representative of scholarship, skills of professionalism and dispositions, along with personal fitness appropriate for the teaching profession. These terms are defined and explained in the Minimum Competencies document distributed in EDUC 211 Introduction to and Foundations of Education. The document is also available upon request from the certification officer in the School of Education and Psychology.

Teacher Certification Courses:

EDUC 315Classroom Technology Tools

2

EDUC 350Language Development in Young Children (or PSYC 350)

3

EDUC 360Elementary Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Language Arts I

3

EDUC 361Elementary Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Language Arts II

4

EDUC 373Elementary Curriculum and Instruction: STEM I - Mathematics and Technology

4

EDUC 382Elementary Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies

3

EDUC 383Elementary Curriculum and Instruction: STEM II - Science and Engineering

4

EDUC 390Measurement and Evaluation in Education

4

EDUC 405Elementary Classroom Organization and Management

4

EDUC 410Philosophy of Education (or PHIL 410)

3

EDUC 421Principals of Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

4

EDUC 444Teaching and Learning: Cultural Diversity and Small Schools

3

EDUC 450Introduction to Student Teaching Field Experience

0 - 1

EDUC 460Elementary Student Teaching Part I

2

EDUC 470Elementary Student Teaching II: Assessment

1-2; 3

EDUC 480Elementary Student Teaching Part III

12

EDUC 495Colloquium: Child Abuse

0

Total Teacher Certification Course Credits: 59

Washington State Assessment Instructions:

Completing both sections of the National Evaluation Series (NES) in Elementary Education is a prerequisite for EDUC 480 Part III. If a candidate does not pass, after attempting more than once, he/she may petition the School of Education and Psychology to proceed into EDUC 480 PART II. If the petition is granted, the candidate will sign a statement of understanding that since he/she did not pass the NES but completed all other requirements, the B.S. Elementary Education degree will be granted without Washington state teacher certification. Students must pass the NES and any other required Washington state assessment instrument in elementary education to receive Washington state teacher certification.

Elementary Education Endorsement Requirements:

ART 395Methods of Teaching Art

2

ENGL 223Research Writing

3

ENGL 374Literature for Children and Young Adults

4

GEOG 252Physical Geography

4

HLTH 110Wellness for Living

3

HIST 221History of the United States

4

or

HIST 222History of the United States

4

MUED 394Music in the Elementary School

3

PETH 473Teaching Elementary Health and Physical Education

3

SPCH 101Fundamentals of Speech Communication

4

BIOL 105Contemporary Biology

4

BIOL 106Contemporary Biology

4

Note: Pre-candidacy cognates and Teacher Certification Program courses also partially fulfill the requirements of this section.

Minor in an Approved Content Area:

Elementary education majors must complete 30 credit hours from an approved minor or approved non-minor area. If the chosen minor does not have 30 quarter hours, additional courses must be taken to reach at least 30 quarter hours in the area of the minor. Alternatively, they must complete a minimum of 30 quarter hours in one of the three non-minor content areas listed below.

Approved Minor Content Areas

Art

Biology

Chemistry

English/Language Arts

French

German

Health/Fitness

History

Mathematics

Middle Level Mathematics

Music

Physics

Spanish

Approved Non-Minor Content Areas

Humanities

Science

Social Studies

Non-Minor Content Areas

Humanities (completion of 31 credits)

Select from the following courses in consultation with your adviser.

Select 8 credits from the following courses:
ENGL 210Survey of British and American Literature

4

ENGL 211Survey of British and American Literature

4

ENGL 212Survey of British and American Literature

4

ENGL 214Themes in Literature

4

ENGL 358Classical Literature

4

or

ENGL 359World Literature

4

Select 3 credits from the following courses:
WRIT 324Creative Nonfiction Writing

4

WRIT 334Poetry Writing

4

Select 8 credits from the following ENGL/WRIT courses:
ENGL 234Literary Analysis

4

ENGL 357The African American Experience

4

or

ENGL 358Classical Literature

4

or

ENGL 359World Literature

4

ENGL 374Literature for Children and Young Adults

4

ENGL 384Advanced English Grammars

4

FILM 416Teaching with Film Literature

4

WRIT 389Writing Theory

3

Select 12 credits from the following courses:
HIST 254History of Christianity

4

PLSC 224American Government

4

ECON 204Fundamentals of Economics

4

HIST 359The American Economy

4

HIST 446History of the Pacific Northwest

4

Science (Completion of 32 credits)

Select 8-12 credits from each of the following sciences in consultation with your adviser.

Biology
BIOL 105Contemporary Biology

4

BIOL 106Contemporary Biology

4

or

BIOL 141General Biology

4

BIOL 142General Biology

4

BIOL 143General Biology

4

Chemistry
CHEM 101Introductory Chemistry

4

CHEM 102Introductory Chemistry

4

or

CHEM 141General Chemistry

3

CHEM 142General Chemistry

3

CHEM 143General Chemistry

3

CHEM 144General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 145General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 146General Chemistry Laboratory

1

Physics
or

PHYS 201Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 202Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 204Conceptual Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS 205Conceptual Physics Laboratory

1

or

PHYS 211General Physics

3

PHYS 212General Physics

3

PHYS 213General Physics

3

PHYS 214General Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS 215General Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS 216General Physics Laboratory

1

Social Studies (Completion of 32 credits)

Select from the following courses in consultation with your adviser.

History - minimum of 16 credits (sequence not required):
HIST 254History of Christianity

4

HIST 446History of the Pacific Northwest

4

HIST Upper Division Electives

8

Social Studies Electives - minimum of 16 credits (4 upper division credits required):
ANTH 225Cultural Anthropology

4

ECON 204Fundamentals of Economics

4

HIST 359The American Economy

4

PLSC 224American Government

4

SOCI 204General Sociology

4

Additional Requirements for Denominational Certification

EDUC 381Elementary Curriculum and Instruction: Religion

2

16 Religion credits are required for certification and must include:
RELB (Selected from courses with RELB prefix)

6-8

RELH 457History of Adventism

3

RELT 202Christian Beliefs

4

RELT 417Inspiration and Revelation

3

18 Religion credits are required for Jr. Academy Endorsement.

Religious studies (Bible) is not an approved Washington state endorsement. However, a religion major or minor, plus a methods course in religion, remains essential for those desiring a denominational endorsement in Bible.

Notes on Washington State Certification

The school attempts to provide current information on certification requirements in this bulletin. Because of frequent changes in state requirements, however, the student must consults with the School of Education and Psychology certification officer periodically for updated information that might affect certification status.

Meeting graduation requirements as specified in this bulletin does not guarantee state certification. An application process, including fingerprint clearance and a Dean’s Affidavit regarding the candidate’s fitness, and passing of the current Washington State assessment instrument is required.