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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education MEd, Alternative Route to Teacher Certification


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This Master of Education in Elementary Education program is intended for candidates seeking Washington State Residency Teacher Certification via the alternative route to teacher certification: elementary education program where candidates obtain the elementary education endorsement and either the English language learners (emphasis I) or special education (emphasis II) endorsement. After completing the alternative route program, candidates can choose to take more courses to obtain a master of education in elementary education degree. Candidates choose either English language learner or special education pathway to complete the master’s degree: 

Pathway I: MEd and English language learners endorsement - Students who take this pathway will take required research methods courses and English language learners emphasis courses to obtain the MEd in elementary education degree and the English language learners endorsement. Students choose either the exam, project, or thesis option to complete the degree.

Pathway II: MEd and special education endorsement - Students who take this pathway will take required research methods courses and special education emphasis courses to obtain the MEd in elementary education degree and the special education endorsement. Students choose either the exam, project, or thesis option to complete the degree.

Program Requirements
Successful completion of the alternative route to teacher certification program and required coursework in the MEd program. 

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge of the arts, English language arts, health and fitness, mathematics, science and social studies into teaching.
  • Establish classroom communities that support diverse student learning and positive human relationships.
  • Design and implement a wide range of instructional and assessment plans /strategies that support student learning within and across academic content areas.
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions, skills, and knowledge to meet the needs of diverse student populations.
  • Analyze educational problems and present solutions.

Alternative Route to Teacher Certification: Elementary Education Shared Core


Admission Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in last thirty credits of college (undergraduate or graduate) coursework.

Passing scores on the WEST B sub-tests (writing, reading, and mathematics).

Passing scores on the NES elementary education sub-test 1 and sub-test 2 and the WEST-E (English language learners or special education) before entering the program or within the first two quarters in the program.

District validation of qualifications that include a one-year-long internship.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates must complete all major courses with a B- or higher, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and meet all requirements of the Teacher Certification Program for Washington State Teacher Certification.

Program Requirements
Successful completion of the following: Pre-residency intensive experience; a year-long internship that includes a minimum of 720 hours in a K-8 classroom; successful completion of a Saturday seminar once a month; successful completion of coursework.

Alternative Route Core Requirements Credits: (24)


These courses will be taken by all the students in the program.

Emphasis I: English Language Learners Requirements Credits: (12)


These courses will be taken by students who select the English language learners emphasis.

Total Core Credits: 36-37


Pathway I: MEd and English Language Learners Endorsement Requirements Credits: 20-24


Total Credits: 56-62


College and Department Information


Education, Development, Teaching and Learning Department  
College of Education and Professional Studies  

Online Availability
This program is offered exclusively online.

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