Elementary Education Major (Bachelor of Science)

A candidate majoring in elementary education 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 of thirty credit hours in an approved content area must also be satisfactorily completed.

 

A minimum grade point average of 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 Teacher Certification Program.    

 

Field 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 full admission into the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) Phase 2, candidates must complete all Phase 1 classes, have a Phase 1 GPA of 2.75, and submit a completed application packet. (The application packet is available upon request in the School of Education and Psychology.)

 

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in knowledge representative of scholarship and 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.

 

Candidates 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 full admission into the program. Test dates and locations are available at the following website, www.west.nesinc.com.

 

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 candidate plans to enroll for the experience. The candidate must document 450+ hours, according to current Washington state requirements, in supervised clinical practice over the course of their student teaching experience. 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.


According to Washington state guidelines (WAC 181-78A-300), candidates seeking student teaching placement are required to take the National Evaluation Series (NES) in elementary education and provide evidence to the certification officer by August 1. Teacher candidates will not be allowed to enter the clinical practice classroom without this documentation. Candidates are required to pass the NES and the current Washington state assessment instrument in order to obtain Washington state certification. In addition, candidates desiring to pursue graduate studies in education are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (general).

Phase 1: TCP Pre-Candidacy, Provisional Admittance Status

Pre-Candidacy course requirements:

  • Pre-candidacy courses must be completed with a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 before proceeding to the TCP Phase 2.
  • Passing scores must be officially documented for the WEST-B, all sections, or the ACT/SAT tests, or a combination thereof.
  • Application for full admission to the TCP Phase 2 is required 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

4

PSYC 217Psychology of Learning and Development

4

Total Credit Hours:8

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 Credit Hours:12

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

Phase 2: TCP Core Certification Courses

Formal (full) acceptance into the Teacher Certification Program Phase 2 is required before registering for the courses listed below.  To be admitted into Phase 2 of the Teacher Certification Program, candidates must demonstrate excellence in knowledge representative of scholarship, skills of professionalism and dispositions, and 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 360Teaching and Learning: Inclusive Literacy I

4

EDUC 361Teaching and Learning: Inclusive Literacy II

4

EDUC 373Teaching and Learning: STEM I - Mathematics and Technology

4

EDUC 382Teaching and Learning: Social Studies

3

EDUC 383Teaching and Learning: STEM II - Science and Engineering

4

EDUC 390Measurement and Evaluation in Education

4

EDUC 405Elementary Classroom Organization and Management

4

EDUC 450Introduction to Student Teaching: Clinical Practice

0-1

EDUC 460Elementary Student Teaching Part I

3

EDUC 470Elementary Student Teaching II: Assessment

2

EDUC 480Elementary Student Teaching Part III

12

Total Credit Hours:49

Washington State Assessment Instructions:

Taking both sections of the National Evaluation Series (NES) in Elementary Education is a prerequisite for Phase 3.

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

If a candidate does not pass the NES, after attempting twice, and/or the current Washington State Assessment, he/she may submit a signed statement of understanding (available from certification officer) 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. Candidates 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

EDUC 315Technology in Education

3

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

3

EDUC 410Philosophy of Education (or PHIL 410)

3

EDUC 444Teaching and Learning: Cultural Diversity and Small Schools

3

EDUC 495Colloquium: Child Abuse

0

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

PHYS 151Physical Science

3

PHYS 152Physical Science

3

PHYS 154Physical Science Lab

1

PHYS 155Physical Science Lab

1

BIOL 105Contemporary Biology

4

BIOL 106Contemporary Biology

4

Total Credit Hours:58

Note: Phase 1 Pre-candidacy courses and cognates and Teacher Certification Program Phase 2 courses also partially fulfill the endorsement requirements.

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

Special Education

Approved Non-Minor Content Areas

Humanities

Science

Social Studies

Humanities (completion of 31 credits)

Select from the following courses in consultation with your advisor.

Select 12 credits from the following courses:
ECON 204Fundamentals of Economics

4

HIST 254History of Christianity

4

HIST 359The American Economy (or ECON 359)

4

HIST 446History of the Pacific Northwest

4

PLSC 224American Government

4

Select 4 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

Select 4 credits from the following courses:
ENGL 357The African-American Experience

4

ENGL 358Classical Literature

4

ENGL 359World Literature

4

Select 4 credits from the following WRIT courses:
WRIT 324Creative Nonfiction Writing

4

WRIT 334Poetry Writing

4

WRIT 335Narrative Writing

4

Complete the following courses:
ENGL 384English Grammar

4

WRIT 389Writing Theory

3

Total Credit Hours:31

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
PHYS 151Physical Science

3

PHYS 152Physical Science

3

PHYS 154Physical Science Lab

1

PHYS 155Physical Science Lab

1

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

Total Credit Hours:32

Social Studies (Completion of 32 credits)

Select from the following courses in consultation with your advisor.

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 (or ECON 359)

4

PLSC 224American Government

4

SOCI 204General Sociology

4

Total Credit Hours:32

Additional Requirements for Adventist Education Certification

EDUC 381Teaching and Learning: Religion

2

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

8

RELH 457History of Adventism

3

RELT 202Christian Beliefs

4

RELT 417Inspiration and Revelation

3

Eighteen Religion credits are required for Junior Academy Religion 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 an Adventist Education 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 candidate 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.