College of Education and Professional Studies
School of Education
Black Hall, room 214-12
Mail Stop 7410
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Faculty and Staff
Ian Loverro, PhD
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Denise Shaw, PhD, educational leadership
Don Wattam, EdD, master teacher
Kim M. Jones, PhD, curriculum and instruction
Naomi Petersen, EdD, philosophy, assessment, STEM, informal settings
Henry Williams, EdD, school administration
Kelly Benson, EdD, leadership, law
Jan Byers-Kirsch, EdD, curriculum and instruction, literacy and supervision
Eric Hougan, PhD., educational leadership and policy studies
Ian Loverro, PhD, educational technology and communication
Lee Plourde, PhD curriculum and instruction, supervision, administration
Molly Ross, EdD, field supervisor
Don Wattam, EdD, school administration
Susana Y. Flores, PhD, multicultural education
Keith Reyes, EdD, multicultural education
Denise Shaw, PhD, curriculum and instruction, alternative pathways to teaching manager
Frank Foster, MEd, field supervisor
Judy Longstreth, MEd, field supervisor
Brita Williams, MiT, field supervisor
Debbie Strand, administrative assistant
In order to be certified in the state of Washington, a student must complete the courses required in an endorsement area as well as the Professional Education Program. The Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership Department provides the courses and experiences necessary to complete the Professional Education Program. For information directly regarding the Alternative Pathways to Teaching Program please visit www.cwu.edu/teacher-certification/about.
All students completing an educational endorsement must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 graded credits. Failure to maintain this level of achievement may result in suspension or expulsion from the Teacher Certification Program. Students must also earn a minimum grade of C in all required Professional Education Program courses.
Students may not enroll in Professional Education Program courses other than EFC 210, EFC 310, and PSY 314 until they have been fully admitted into the School of Education Teacher Certification Program. Please see the admission requirements for the School of Education Teacher Certification Program at the Teacher Certification website, www.cwu.edu/~cert.
Students admitted into the School of Education are required to present a complete electronic portfolio demonstrating their content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions as a partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements. Please see the exit requirements for the Teacher Certification Program.
Pre-admission Observation Experience
In special circumstances, this experience may be completed concurrent with the first three weeks of EFC 210. However, because it will generally not be possible for students to find placements and complete their observation within this time, students are strongly encouraged to complete their Pre-admission Observation Experience prior to enrolling in EFC 210.
Students must complete a minimum of 16 quarter credits of student teaching on an all-day basis for one quarter. To qualify for certification to teach in more than one specialization, students must meet all requirements listed in the catalog for each specialization. All prerequisites in the course description for student teaching must be completed.
- One quarter in residence at CWU is required before a student may be assigned to student teaching, unless an exception is approved by the chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum.
- Students must be endorsed for student teaching by their major and minor departments. The endorsement requires completion of 75 percent of the major and minor areas prior to student teaching. See major and minor departments for advising.
- Most student teaching assignments will be made at centers outside Kittitas County.
- While student requests for choice of student teaching centers and grade levels will be considered, final responsibility for student teaching placement rests with the director of field experiences.
- Student teachers wishing to enroll in additional coursework during their student teaching experience must obtain the approval of the director of field experiences.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 45 quarter credits is required prior to applying for student teaching.
- Fingerprint clearance from both the Washington State Patrol and the FBI must be on file in the office of the dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) prior to applying for student teaching. Clearance must be valid for the entire period in which students will be in the classroom.
- Applications for certification must be on file in the office of the dean of CEPS one quarter prior to student teaching.
- At the time of application submission, students must provide proof of purchase of $1M of liability insurance for student teaching, valid for the quarter in which student teaching will occur.
- At the time of application submission, students must provide West-E results or proof of having registered for a West-E test date that will occur prior to the first day of student teaching.
Professional Education Program
The purpose of the Professional Education Program is to prepare prospective teachers to become facilitators of learning within the school and community. The Professional Education Program curriculum provides opportunities to acquire the pedagogical knowledge and skills that allow students to demonstrate a positive impact on P-12 student learning. To this end, the program offers information about and experience in integrating research and pedagogy constructs for a spectrum of diverse learning situations.
See important information above under Pre-admission Observation Experience and Student Teaching.
Students should enroll for EFC 330 prior to their junior year.
Students should check the university catalog for course descriptions and pre-requisite information. Some courses must be taken in sequence. Students should consult their advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan.
EDBL 401 - Principles and Practices for Educating Linguistically Diverse Students 3
EDBL 430 - Sheltering Instruction for Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
EDSE 302 - Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities 3
EFC 210 - Seminar 1
EFC 310 - Orientation to Teaching 3
EFC 315 - Educational Assessment 3
EFC 320 - Multicultural Education 3
EFC 330 - Field Experience 2
EFC 340 - Methods of Instruction 3
EFC 350 - Classroom Management 3
EFC 416 - Educational Technology 3
EFC 440 - Education Law 3
EFC 480 - Student Teaching 16
PSY 314 - Human Development and the Learner 4
Total Credits: 50
ProgramsBachelor of Arts (B.A.)Certificate BMinorOther Programs
CoursesAccessibility Studies Program (ASP)Education: Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL)Education: Curriculum and Supervision (EDCS)Education: Foundation (EDF)Education: Foundation and Curriculum (EFC)Education: Library Media (EDLM)