This degree program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to have a background in instructional pedagogy, but who do not wish to complete the requirements for teaching certification. Students who complete the program will be prepared to work in settings that require expertise in the foundations of education, such as training programs in business and industry, service programs at educational institutions, private child care facilities, etc.
The student will select a focus area, which must be approved by the department. The focus area will be a cohesive set of courses, which will be designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to take a leadership role in an education-related organization. The practicum will be done in the focus area after all other course work is completed.
Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all courses in the major, and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the major in order to graduate.
Admission to the program requires the following:
- A passing score on each section of the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B). See www.west.nesinc.com to register and for additional information.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Completion of each of the following with a grade of C or higher.
a. ENG 101
b. ENG 102
c. MATH 101, 153, 154, 164, 170, or 172.
- Proof of purchase of the College LiveText Edu Solutions software program.
Department-approved focus area electives Credits: 19
Educational Foundations and Curriculum Department Information
College of Education and Professional Studies
Black Hall, room 101
Mail Stop 7410
See the website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Ian Loverro, PhD
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Kelly Benson, EdD
Director of Field Experience
Ian Loverro, PhD (interim)
Catherine Bertelson, PhD, educational technology
Barry Donahue, EdD, philosophy, research design
Kim M. Jones, PhD, curriculum and instruction
Kelly Benson, EdD, leadership, law
Jan Byers-Kirsch, EdD, curriculum and instruction, literacy and supervision
Ian Loverro, PhD, educational technology and communication
Naomi Petersen, EdD, philosophy, assessment, STEM, informal settings
Lee Plourde, PhD curriculum and instruction, supervision, administration
Molly Ross, EdD, field supervisor
Susana Y. Flores, PhD, multicultural education
James Hollar, PhD, multicultural education
Eric Hougan, PhD., educational leadership and policy studies
Denise Shaw, PhD, curriculum and instruction
Frank Foster, MEd, field supervisor
Judy Longstreth, MEd, field supervisor
Jerry St. George, MEd, field supervisor
Brita Williams, MiT, field supervisor
Jan Case, program support supervisor
Debbie Strand, secretary senior
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 Educational Foundations and Curriculum Department provides the courses and experiences necessary to complete the Professional Education Program.
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 Teacher Certification Program. Please see the admission requirements for the Teacher Certification Program at the Teacher Certification website, www.cwu.edu/~cert.
Students admitted into the Teacher Certification Program 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
College of Education and Professional Studies Information
Administration and Organization
Paul Ballard, (Black Hall, room 228)
Ethan Bergman, PhD RDN (Black Hall, room 228)
VACANT (Black Hall, room 228)
Mail Stop 7415
The mission of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is to prepare competent, enlightened citizens who will enhance their respective professions, commit themselves to socially responsible leadership, and help develop the global economy in a spirit of cooperation. Each academic unit of the college has developed specific goals to address this mission.
Graduates of the College of Education and Professional Studies programs are Professionally Prepared and Profession Ready, or P3R. Graduates enter the job force right after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on their profession.
The Education programs at CWU are all about preparing students to enter the greatest profession in the world….Teaching! Our Education programs approach learning in a supportive and positive environment where students and staff share responsibility for knowledge, and where students and staff value working and learning together. Graduates enter their teaching positions after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on the students they teach.
CEPS facilitates communication between and among the respective disciplines that contribute to the preparation of educators, including teachers, school administrators, and school psychologists. Supporting the mission, purpose, and governance structure of CEPS is the constructivist philosophy-a belief that knowledge is actively created by learners and made meaningful when learners relate new information to prior knowledge.
The Teacher Preparation Program is administered through CEPS. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Teacher Preparation Program. Students must apply to the Teacher Preparation Program and meet specific application criteria before being admitted. For more information about the Teacher Certification process, link to www.cwu.edu/teacher-certification/.
The Professional Studies at Central Washington University strives to deliver innovative applied science and technology programs that develop competent globally responsible citizens who contribute to their respective professions. The vision of Professional Studies at CWU is to be recognized as a premier learning community dedicated to providing relevant and authentic learning experiences.
College of Education and Professional Studies programs value:
- Excellence in teaching
- A rigorous academic and learning environment
- The preparation of students for successful careers
- Accreditation and industry standards
- Applied research
- Creative, diverse and innovative ideas
- Open, collaborative environments
- Partnerships with external constituents
- The use of current technology
- Professionalism, integrity, and responsible citizenship
- Life balance
For more information about the Departments and Programs, go to the departments listed below.
The Department of Aerospace Students (AFROTC). CWU’s Air Force ROTC detachment is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates with a mission of developing quality leaders for the Air Force.
The Department of Aviation is a regional leader in professional aviation education, attracting individuals with a passion for the combined art and science of flight. Established in 1975, it is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. The Department offers B.S. degrees in Aviation Management and Professional Pilot and has a stellar reputation for preparing students for the demands of the industry.
The Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum houses the Professional Education Program (PEP), Field Experiences, Instructional Foundations undergraduate degree, and Master Teacher Graduate Program.
The Department of Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction Management offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Construction Management, Safety and Health Management, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Technology Education. The department also offers a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Technology.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers degree programs in: Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising; Business and Marketing Education; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Family Studies; Global Wine Studies; and Recreation, Tourism and Event Management. The department offers a graduate Master of Science with specializations in Family Studies and Career and Technical Education, and is the home of the International Sustainable Development Institute.
The Department of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies. Graduates in this department are prepared to enter careers as physical education and school health teachers or in a wide variety of public health/community settings. They also have master level degrees in School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Higher Education, Health, and Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Administration.
The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) offers high demand undergraduate and graduate programs blending technical skills with soft skills in the areas of Administrative Management, Information Technology, Web and Database Management, Retail Management Technology, Network Management, Project Management, and Cybersecurity. Degree programs are offered on campus, hybrid, 100% online, and self-paced competency based. Find out more: www.cwu.edu/it-management
The Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education (LLSE) offers programs for teacher candidates interested in developing educational pK-12 specialties in Bilingual Education/Teaching English as a Second Language; Literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); and Special Education. Each program leads to an endorsement for the Washington State teaching certificate.
The Department of Military Science (AROTC) houses the Army ROTC program at CWU. The mission of the Wildcat Battalion is to recruit, educate, coach, mentor and commission outstanding scholars, athletes and leaders inspired for service in our nation’s Army.
The Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences prepares students in a variety of professions that focus on the physical and functional abilities of humans including clinical physiology, exercise science, nutrition and dietetics, and paramedicine.
The Department of Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children (TEACH) is committed to ensuring graduates are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning who demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to educate and work within a diverse school population.
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC): Richard Warr, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Peterson Hall, room 203)
Aviation: Sundaram Nataraja, PhD (Black Hall, room 225-1)
Educational Foundations and Curriculum: Ian Loverro, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)
Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction: Lad Holden, Master of Technology (Hogue Hall, room 107)
Family and Consumer Sciences: Rob Perkins, EdD and Duane Dowd, PhD (Michaelsen Hall, room 100)
Health, Educational Administration, and Movement Studies: Heidi Henschel-Pellett, EdD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Information Technology and Administrative Management: Robert Lupton, PhD (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 203)
Language, Literacy, and Special Education: Janet Finke, PhD (Black Hall, room 204-6)
Military Science (AROTC): Jonathan Ackiss, Lt. Colonel (Peterson Hall, room 202G)
Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences: Keith Monosky, PhD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children: Keith Salyer, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)