Teacher Education and Certification
The College of Education prepares individuals to teach elementary education and various single subjects. The teaching certificate, awarded by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction upon recommendation by WSU, designates the subject area in which the certificate holder is qualified to teach. Admission to, or continued enrollment in, the teacher preparation program is contingent upon faculty approval.
Opportunities are provided for teacher certificate candidates to work with and observe children in public schools. It is WSU’s intent to place only those individuals in K-12 classrooms who demonstrate a positive impact on student learning, and who possess characteristics desirable for working with young people.
Elementary Education – Bachelor of arts
Candidates accepted into the Elementary certification program are required to complete practicum experiences in school and community settings, including an intense four-week Advanced Practicum in the semester immediately preceding student teaching (to apply the concepts learned in blocked courses).
Secondary Education – Bachelor degree in declared major plus teacher certification
Candidates accepted into the Secondary Education certification program are required to complete an intense 3 week practicum prior to acceptance in the program, and complete 60 hours of Advanced Practicum during the semester immediately preceding student teaching. Practicums involve observation, reflection, and practice in classrooms.
Student teaching is an entire semester of full time teaching at an approved WSU site in the state of Washington or internationally with supervision by an approved WSU provider.
Credit hours needed for the endorsements range from 40-108, depending on the major. Single subject endorsement preparation is available in agricultural education, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, English language arts, family consumer sciences, designated world languages (French and Spanish), health and fitness, history, mathematics, music, physics, and social studies.
Several endorsements are available as add-ons. Individuals may be recommended for endorsement concurrently with the completion of endorsement requirements in elementary education or in a specific subject endorsement listed above added to a currently valid teaching certificate. Add-on endorsements for pre-service teachers are offered in bilingual education (WSU Tri-Cities campus only), English language learners, middle level math, middle level science, reading, general science and special education. Please note that the add-on endorsement does not guarantee "highly qualified" status. More information can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Student Services' webpage.
Master in Teaching (M.I.T.)
This degree is intended for those who already possess a bachelor’s degree. It is designed to prepare candidates to become effective elementary or secondary education teachers. This program leads to a masters degree and a State of Washington teaching certificate. The M.I.T. degree is available to students at the Pullman, Spokane and Vancouver campuses, and includes integrated field experiences in schools.
- Elementary Education certification
- Secondary Education certification
- Program summary:
Master of Arts in Education (M.A.)
The thesis M.A. degree focuses on developing research and inquiry skills in education and leadership. The M.A. degree is designed for students who wish to focus on educational research and who may pursue a doctoral degree. Specializations are offered in:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- ELL/Bilingual education (can include state endorsement)
- Literacy Education
- Special Education (can include state endorsement)
Master of Education (Ed.M.)
The non-thesis Ed.M. degree focuses on K-12, developing teachers' or other professionals' knowledge and skills in education and leadership. Specializations and/or endorsements are offered in:
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with specializations in:
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) with specializations in:
- Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education
- Language and Literacy education
- Mathematics and Science Education
- Special Education