Administration and Organization
Dean: Rebecca S. Bowers (Black 228)
Associate Deans: Ethan Bergman and Connie Lambert (Black 228)
The primary role of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is to support the mission of the University by offering and supporting educational opportunities of the highest quality for students. The mission of the college is to prepare enlightened leaders for the professions and for society — leaders who will commit themselves to socially responsible citizenship in a global society.
From the College’s perspective, its role is fulfilled by creating and nurturing an academic environment where “quality” and “excellence” are synonymous with achievement. Each academic unit of the College has developed specific goals and objectives to complement this mission.
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC): John P. Bryant IV, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Peterson 203)
Education: Steve Schmitz (Black 101)
Family & Consumer Sciences: Janet S. Bowers (Michaelsen 100)
Health, Human Performance and Nutrition: Robert McGowan (Physical Education Bldg. 114)
Industrial and Engineering Technology: William Bender (Hogue 107)
Information Technology and Administrative Management: Lori Braunstein (Shaw-Smyser 203)
Military Science (ROTC): Gregory P. Solem, Lt. Col. (Peterson 202G)
Center for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited unit that provides oversight for all CWU school personnel preparation programs. The CTL is intended to facilitate communication between and among the respective disciplines that contribute to the preparation of educators. CTL programs include the preparation of teachers, school administrators, school counselors and school psychologists.
Supporting the mission, purpose, and governance structure of the CTL is the “constructivist” philosophy. This philosophy asserts that:
- Knowledge is actively created by the learner;
- Knowledge is “constructed” or made meaningful when learners relate new information to prior knowledge or existing structures of knowledge;
- Knowledge “constructs” are shaped by experience and social interaction; and
- Members of a culture collaboratively establish knowledge.
The framework for the professional preparation programs is divided into four strands:
- Facilitator of Learning as Expert Learner;
- Facilitator of Learning as Knowledge Specialist;
- Facilitator of Learning as Master of the Art and Science of teaching; and
- Facilitator of Learning as Teacher/Specialist Scholar.
The four strands are interactive. The general education course requirements focus on developing the student as an expert learner. The student’s major and minor programs provide the in-depth study required for the knowledge specialist. The professional core, including learner outcomes and field experiences, prepares the student to be a master of the art and science of teaching. A formal graduate degree program, where the student synthesizes knowledge and experience, establishes the student as a teacher/specialist scholar. Ultimately, the overall goal is to prepare teachers, administrators. counselors, and psychologists who are facilitators of learning in a diverse world.
The CTL director is Connie Lambert. For information about the school administrator program, contact the education department. For information about the school counselor and school psychologist programs, contact the of psychology department.
Teacher Preparation Program General Information
The teacher preparation program is administered through CEPS and the CTL executive board. The provost/senior vice president for academic affairs in collaboration with the CEPS dean appoints faculty to serve on the advisory council, which advises the CTL executive board on program policies.
Admission to the University does not guarantee a student admission into the teacher preparation program. Students must be fully admitted to the teacher preparation program prior to taking any courses in the department of education’s majors and minors, or the required professional education foundation courses.
Processing of applications takes time. To insure the thorough review of transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc., it is required that all application materials for admission to the teacher preparation program be submitted by the following dates: For Ellensburg campus programs – Winter, November 1; Spring, February 15; Summer, May 1; Fall, August 1; for University center programs – Fall, June 30.
(All application forms are available online at www.cwu.edu/~cert or can be purchased at the University Store on campus.)
- A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for at least the last 45 graded quarter credits (the total may exceed 45 if an entire quarter is needed to achieve the minimum 45). A 3.0 GPA for the last 45 graded quarter credits is required prior to making application to student teaching. Official transcripts for all college/university coursework must be submitted directly to the associate dean’s office. These transcripts are in addition to transcripts submitted to Registrar Services.
- Completed APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION.
- Completed Character and Fitness supplement. Answering “YES” to any question on the form will require that you meet with the certification officer prior to a decision regarding admission. All court documents should be submitted prior to that meeting. False answers to the questions on the form may result in denial of program admission and/or certification.
- Minimum score of 24 on each of two RECOMMENDATION FORMS completed by teachers, employers, or professors (one must be from a professor or teacher). Forms may not be completed by a relative.
- Signed FINGERPRINTING/Certification REQUIREMENT form.
- Pass the WEST-B examination.
- Completion of one of the following:
• Prerequisite Courses: ENG 101 and 102, and MATH 101, 153, 154, 164, 170 or 172
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• A Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree
- Proof of purchase of the College Live Text Edu Solutions software program (i.e., copy of receipt).
Software can be purchased directly from livetext.com or from the Wildcat Shop. For those students applying to one of the University Centers, you will not be required to purchase the LiveText software until you have been accepted into the cohort program.
- Submission of the Dispositional Survey. Please provide your LiveText username when submitting your application material. You will then be sent a link through LiveText to the Dispositional Survey. Once you complete the survey, click the submit button. Please call (509) 963-2660 if you have qny questions.
All individuals applying for admission to CWU’s Teacher Preparation Program are required to meet the minimum passing score on the WEST-B (Washington Educator Skill Test - Basic). This exam is administered statewide six times each year. Registration information and test dates can be found online at http://www.west.nesinc.com/
Note: Failure to begin the program within one year from date of acceptance may result in cancellation of admission.
The completed application packet needs to be submitted to the following address by the appropriate deadline date: Associate Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies, Central Washington University, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7414.
Please be aware that:
No grade lower than a C in major or minor, required English composition courses, and foundation coursework, and no grade lower than a C- in basic and breadth coursework will be accepted for certification.
To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the last 45 graded credits earned.
Each applicant for admission to the teacher preparation program will be notified in writing of the status of his/her application.
Completion of the teacher preparation program does not guarantee certification by the state of Washington. In order to be certified, the candidate must demonstrate good moral character and personal fitness as defined by WAC 180-79A-155. Fingerprint clearance from the Washington State Patrol and FBI will be required prior to application for practicum and/or student teaching. If you have anything from your past that you think may compromise your certification, please seek advisement from the associate dean at (509) 963-2661 prior to submitting your application.
Teacher preparation program admission regulations are administered by the associate dean. Personal folders are maintained in the associate dean’s office for each student enrolled in a teaching program at Central.
Students entering the University with a transferable Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from an accredited Washington community college will need to meet the admission requirements for the teacher preparation program prior to enrolling in any education courses. These students are frequently surprised to find that, after finishing two years of community college, they have more than two years left to complete an education degree. This is because the A.A. degree required 90 credits and, when transferred to CWU, satisfies only the “Basic and Breadth” requirements which can generally be completed in 60 credits at CWU. Community college students can make good use of the additional 30 credits required by the A.A. by selecting courses at the community college which may meet major, minor, or, in some cases, courses in teacher preparation. Check your community college’s equivalency sheet to make certain your courses are equivalent to CWU’s courses for these particular requirements.
All teachers wishing to obtain certification after 8/31/05 must take the WEST-E (also called the PRAXIS II) test in each content area for which they seek endorsement prior to student teaching. Documentation (i.e., registration confirmation, test scores) that the student has registered for the exam must be submitted to the teacher certification office prior to applying for student teaching. Final certification will not be awarded until successful completion of the WEST-E is earned. Test information and registration is online at http://www.ets.org/praxis.
Alternative Admissions Procedures to Teacher Preparation
Students who do not have the required grade point average, or who do not pass portions of the WEST-B Test may apply for provisional admission to the teacher preparation program by alternative means.
- Applications will be made in writing to the candidate qdmissions, recruitment, and retention committee in care of the CEPS qssociate dean. The deadline for application will be the first Friday of the quarter preceding the quarter admission is desired (fall quarter applicants deadline will be the first Friday of spring quarter.). The written application will include the following
- A letter from the applicant’s major advisor that supports the following:
Applicant’s academic ability, service experience, growth, commitment and motivation,
Potential for graduate study (following graduation from the undergraduate program),
Potential for success in working with diverse groups,
Other criteria appropriate to the applicant’s potential as a teacher, and,
Other extenuating circumstances that may have affected the applicant’s grades and test scores.
- One supporting letter from a former employer, supervisor, or other individual knowledgeable of the applicant’s experiences in working with young people.
- A personal essay by the applicant that describes his/her educational goals and objectives.
- An interview with the Candidate Admissions, Recruitment, and Retention committee (CARR) may be required.
- Those admitted will be monitored on a quarterly basis by the CARR Committee, and will meet all admission requirements prior to student teaching.
- Students who have been admitted to the teacher preparation program via the CARR will receive personal guidance to facilitate completion of their undergraduate degrees and receipt of their certificates.
- For further information, contact the associate dean.
Graduation/Certification Requirements for Teacher Preparation Program
- No grade lower than a C in major, minor, composition courses, and professional education foundation courses.
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 in major, minor, and professional education foundation courses.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 45 graded credits.
Major and Minor Concentrations
To achieve certification, students must select a major which leads to a University endorsement for teaching in schools in Washington.
The following majors are endorsements offered at CWU. Students should contact the departments to request information about major requirements.
Biology: Teaching Major
Chemistry: Teaching Major
Early Childhood Education Major
Earth Science Major
Elementary Education Major
English: Teaching Major
Family & Consumer Sciences Vocational: Teaching Major
Foreign Languages: Teaching, Foreign Languages: Teaching Broad Area: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Russian
History: Teaching Broad Area Major
Industrial Education Major
Language Arts Major
Mathematics: Teaching Secondary Major
Music: Broad Area Specialization
Music: Choral Music Specialization
Music: Instrumental Music Specialization
Physical Education: Teaching K-12 Major
School Health Education Major
Social Science: Teaching Secondary Major
Special Education P-12
Theatre Arts: Secondary Education Major )
Visual Art: Teaching Major
A major endorsement will be required to obtain a teaching certificate. Minor endorsements are optional. The following minors are endorsements offered at CWU. Numbers in parenthesis indicate catalog/SIS code. Students should contact the departments to request information about requirements.
Bilingual Education/Teaching English as a Second Language Minor
Biology Teaching Minor
Chemistry Teaching Minor
Dance Teaching Minor
Early Childhood Education Minor
Earth Science Minor
Health/Fitness Teaching Minor
Mathematics: Teaching Secondary Minor
(Math minor will not be endorsed if combined with Elementary Education Major, unless student teaching is also done in the math area.)
Middle Level Math/Science Minor
Central is in compliance with the No Child Left Behind federal legislation. It is a public institution that is accredited both regionally and nationally.
CWU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Additionally, CTL, the unit that oversees all CWU teacher preparation programs, is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE accreditation recognizes CTL as meeting national standards for the content and operation of the unit and ensures performance of a teacher candidate in the program has been thoroughly assessed before s/he is recommended for licensure. It also ensures that programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.
CWU’s teacher preparation program is approved by the Washington state Board of Education to offer programs which lead to teacher certification. To be awarded Washington certificates, candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
Graduates of the teacher preparation program are legally qualified for certification in states which are party to the interstate certification compact.
The residency teaching certificate is normally awarded simultaneously with the bachelor’s degree. Individuals who hold, or have held a residency teaching certificate and are enrolled in a professional certificate program may have the certificate renewed for an additional two years upon verification the individual is enrolled in a state-approved professional certificate program.
Candidates for the Professional Certificate must meet the following requirements:
- Complete provisional status as a teacher in a public school pursuant to RCW 28A.405.220 or the equivalent in a state board of education approved private school.
- Complete an approved professional certificate program which has been collaboratively developed by the college/University and the respective Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB).
- Demonstrate competency in three standards (i.e., effective teaching, professional development, and professional contributions) and the 12 criteria relevant to the three standards.
The Professional Certificate at CWU is comprised of 15 quarter credits over three sections:
ECTL 601: Pro. Cert. Pre-assessment Seminar (4 quarter credits)
Candidates attending this seminar will review standards and criteria for professional certification and, with guidance from their district and University team members, identify evidence/indicators to meet each criterion using the common professional growth plan format. The preassessment seminar will culminate with the approval of the professional growth plan by the professional growth team.
Professional Growth Core (9 quarter credits)
The core of the professional growth plan will differ depending on individual professional development needs of candidates. Candidates may choose to: enroll in college courses for credit or enroll in professional development courses. These courses may involve attending workshops and/or conferences, participating in district in-service and staff development activities, completing independent research projects or internships, or other activities as recommended by the professional growth team; or
Combine college courses and professional development courses in order to successfully meet program criteria.
ECTL 609: Pro. Cert. Culminating Seminar (2 quarter credits)
Evidence for each of the professional certificate criteria will constitute a portfolio, which will be submitted in electronic and paper formats to the professional growth team for evaluation prior to the culminating seminar. Candidates attending this seminar will present final documentation and evidence of professional certificate level knowledge, skill and performance. The professional growth team will evaluate the portfolio relative to the requirements of the professional certificate and, if the portfolio meets all criteria, make a recommendation for professional certification to the CWU teacher certification office.
- Complete the child abuse coursework requirement.
Contact the teacher certification office for more information regarding this program.
CWU’s endorsement-only program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington state initial, residency, or continuing teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate. Teachers interested in obtaining an endorsement from CWU should obtain an application on-line at http://www.cwu.edu /~cert. Once an application and transcripts are submitted, a credit evaluation will be completed.
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree who desire certification must follow the guidelines for admission to teacher preparation. Certification-only students may earn the residency teaching certificate by satisfactorily completing the professional foundation courses and at least one college endorsement program. Final approval of the college endorsement program lies with the individual’s content area. The certification-only program can usually be completed within five to six quarters.
Candidates for the continuing certificate must meet the following requirements:
- Have a valid initial teaching certificate
- Verify at least one year of full-time teaching experience
- Complete 45 credits of upper-division (300 level or higher) coursework, including courses in abuse, staff development and supervision, research and evaluation, and referral agencies
Application forms and further information can be obtained from the associate dean’s office in Black 228.
To qualify for endorsement to teach in more than one specialization, students must meet the requirements for each specialization. Experienced teachers may petition the education department for permission to student teach for less than the normal 16 credits.
To maintain the continuing (professional) certificate, each person must complete 150 clock hours of approved in-service education and/or 15 college or University credits every five years.
Recency of Coursework
Education courses may not be older than 10 years at the time of graduation/ certification.