Preparation for Secondary Education

The secondary certification program requires completion of an approved endorsement (major). Students must satisfactorily complete the general studies program, baccalaureate degree requirements as listed in this bulletin, and the Teacher Certification Program (TCP): Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3.  The TCP consists of required pre-candidacy courses, certification core courses, endorsement courses, and cognates.

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

Practicum experiences in secondary 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 full admission into the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) Phase 2, students must have junior standing or permission of the department, a Phase 1 GPA of 2.75, and complete an application packet. (The application packet is available upon request in the School of Education and 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 documents is also available upon request from the certification officer in the School of Education and Psychology. Students applying for full admission to the TCP Phase 2 are required by state law to earn a passing score on the Washington Educator Skills 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 following website,

Student teaching (Phase 3) requires formal application to the School of Education and Psychology. Student teaching application packets, available from the Education and Psychology office, are due by December 1, prior to the year in which the student plans to enroll for the experience. The candidate 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. Note: The School of Education and Psychology will contact all potential placements; however, placements cannot be guaranteed.

Senior students seeking certification are required to take the Washington Educator Skills Test- Endorsement (WEST-E) and/or National Evaluation Series (NES) prior to Phase 3. 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). 

Secondary Teaching Certification Requirements:

Phase 1: TCP Pre-Candidacy, Provisional Admittance Status

Pre-Candidacy program requirements

  • Courses must be completed with a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 before a student may proceed to the TCP Phase 2.
  • 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.
  • Apply for full admission to the TCP Phase 2 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


EDUC 220Educational and Developmental Psychology


Total Credit Hours:7

Pre-Candidacy Cognates:

ENGL 121College Writing I


ENGL 122College Writing II


MATH 105Finite Mathematics


Total Credit Hours:10
*ENGL 122: B- average required (ENGL223 Research Writing may be used to meet B- average)

Phase 2: TCP Core Certification Courses

Formal (full) acceptance into the Teacher Certification Program is required before registering for the courses listed below.  

Teacher Certification Courses:

EDUC 365Secondary Classroom Management


EDUC 390Measurement and Evaluation in Education


EDUC 395Secondary Methods of Instruction I


#### 395Methods course, major or minor academic field



EDUC 396Secondary Methods of Instruction II


EDUC 410Philosophy of Education (or PHIL 410)


EDUC 421Principals of Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms


EDUC 444Teaching and Learning: Cultural Diversity and Small Schools


EDUC 450Introduction to Student Teaching Field Experience

0 - 1

EDUC 461Secondary Student Teaching I


EDUC 471Secondary Student Teaching II: Assessment

1-2; 3

EDUC 475Teaching Reading Skills in The Content Areas


EDUC 481Secondary Student Teaching Part III


EDUC 495Colloquium: Child Abuse


Total Credit Hours:39-40

Washington State Assessment Instruments:

Taking all sections of WEST-E and/or NES in area of endorsement is a prerequisite for Phase 3 (student teaching).

Assessment Requirement Deadline Outcome
WEST B or ACT or SAT or combination State required acceptance scores Before / During Phase 1 Apply for Phase 2
WEST E / NES Minimum one attempt During Phase 2 Completion of Phase 3 application and student teaching
WEST E / NES Optional Retake(s), if necessary, with State required acceptance scores During Phase 3 Apply for Certification
edTPA State required acceptance scores During Phase 3 Apply for Certification

Teacher Certification Program Cognates:

EDUC 315Classroom Technology Tools


ENGL 223Research Writing


SPCH 101Fundamentals of Speech Communication


Total Credit Hours:9

Approved Primary Endorsements:

Endorsement requirements frequently exceed graduation requirements. For example, endorsements typically require a methods class appropriate for secondary teaching (grades 5-12). Additional endorsements in Social Studies and Science are available for students who already have, or are completing, an endorsable major. See the certification officer or secondary education adviser in the School of Education and Psychology for a current certification check-sheet.

Primary Endorsement Majors









Music Education



Additional Requirements for Denominational Certification

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

One course chosen from the following:
HLTH 110Wellness for Living


HLTH 205Survey of Health


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


RELH 457History of Adventism


RELT 202Christian Beliefs


RELT 417Inspiration and Revelation


Eighteen Religion credits and a secondary religion methods course are required for the Junior Academy Religion Endorsement.


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 consult 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.