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

Elementary Education Major, BAEd

Location(s): Ellensburg, Des Moines, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima

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This major satisfies the Washington State teacher education endorsement for elementary (K-8) education (2014). There is not an option to complete this major without completing all state teacher certification requirements. This major includes a PEP alternative.

Students who complete this major will be endorsed to teach in regular, self-contained elementary classrooms.

Admission Requirements
Students may take the first 2 quarters of courses as outlined in the program of study. To continue with the Elementary Education Major, students must be fully admitted to the CWU Teacher Certification Program and have completed prerequisites MATH 164 and MATH 226.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates must complete all major courses with a C 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.

EDLT Department Information, Standards, Requirements

Major and/or minor programs in the Education, Development, Teaching and Learning (EDTL) department include early childhood education, elementary education, bilingual education/teaching English as a second language, literacy and special education. Additionally, the EDTL department contributes to the middle-level teaching programs in mathematics (see mathematics in the catalog) and science teaching (see science education in the catalog).

In addition to a listed major and/or minor, students must maintain full admission status in the School of Education and successfully complete all certification requirements to qualify for the Washington State teaching certificate. The early childhood education major and minor offer options in which these requirements do not apply (see descriptions below). Students completing a special education major or minor must complete EDCS 424 if they are pursuing a secondary discipline-specific teaching major (or EDLT 308 for those also seeking an elementary-specific teaching major) as part of the Professional Education Program. All students completing a secondary discipline-specific program must complete EDCS 424. All other education department majors or minors do not require the completion of this course. Also, at least 75 percent of the endorsable major or minor must be completed prior to EDCS 442, Student Teaching. 

All students seeking a teacher certification endorsement must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 graded credits. Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required major, minor, and Professional Education Program courses.

Special Education Majors
The special education majors offered are specifically designed to prepare teachers for meeting the diverse competencies required for teaching individuals with disabilities. Students electing special education teaching must follow one of the outlined programs. EDSE 302 must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDSE 311.

Prerequisites Credits: 9

MATH 164 and MATH 226 are prerequisites to full admission into the elementary education major.

Introduction to the Teaching Profession Credits: 14-15

Home, school, and community are emphasized as learning environments and their role in supporting the learning process.

Culture and Society Credits: 14

Emphasis on the significance of culturally relevant educational partnerships with family, educators, and community.

Select one of the following:

Instructional Design Credits: 12

Foundational learning theory is applied to instructional design, delivery, and assessment highlighting evidence-based engagement practices in content areas.

Differentiation Credits: 15

Instructional design and assessment are modified to differentiate learning concepts and approaches to meet individual interests, needs, and abilities.

Inquiry-Based Learning Credits: 13

Using guiding and supporting questions, problems, or situations to shape learner-centered investigations within educational environments.

Professional Engagement Credits: 12

Application of ethical, legal, and professional practice in a collaborative context.

Application Credits: 16

Bridging acquired content, skills, and attitudes to effective learning and teaching implementation.

Total Credits: 105-106

College and Department Information

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

Program Codes

Online Availability
The program does not have a designated online only option.

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