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College of Education

Teacher Education – The Plan

“A goal without a PLAN is just a wish… “

You have a desire to teach. That’s awesome!

We can give you the best start possible to being an effective K-12 teacher. Successful completion of our teacher education program leads to a Washington teacher certification.

There are a lot of steps to make that become a reality but we’re here to help.

First, get your academic advisor. They can help you throughout the whole process.

Secondly, review the check sheet for either Elementary Education or Secondary Education. Even though you have an advisor, this gives you the chance to take charge and own your one education.

Here’s The Plan, for both Elementary and Secondary Ed:

Elementary Education

Program Admission
  1. Do your university core courses: Check sheet.
  2. Pass the basic skills test.
  3. Apply to Teacher Education program.
Block 1
  1. Request assignment for advanced practicum student teaching area (planning ahead!).
  2. Complete pre-residency certificate clearance (background check).
  3. Purchase liability insurance.
  4. Complete your practicum (TCH_LRN 402).
Block 2
  1. Interview for your student teaching.
  2. Complete your second practicum (TCH_LRN 405).
  3. Register for (or perhaps even attempt) the content knowledge exam.
Block 3
  1. Purchase (renew) liability insurance.
  2. Complete your advanced practicum (TCH_LRN 490).
    1. This usually takes place in your home town area.
    2. It’s the first 4-6 weeks of a semester.
    3. It’s full-time.
    4. Complete PDEFE form.
  3. Return to campus for the last 10 weeks of normal courses.
Block 4
  1. Pass the content knowledge exam. If you’ve already done this, you’re good to go!
  2. Complete your student teaching.

Secondary Education

Program Admission
  1. Touch base with our secondary education advisor.
  2. Do all your courses in your major: Check sheet.
  3. Choose content area for teaching.
  4. Attend info session.
  5. Complete practicum and seminar (TCH_LRN 317).
Semester 1 of program (Block 1)
  1. Do your teaching coursework (Block I).
  2. Request assignment for advanced practicum student teaching area (planning ahead!).
  3. Complete pre-residency certificate clearance (background check).
  4. Register for (or perhaps even attempt) the content knowledge exam.
Semester 2 of program (Block 2)
  1. Purchase liability insurance.
  2. Complete advanced practicum (TCH_LRN 469).
    1. This usually takes place in your home town area.
    2. It’s the first 4-6 weeks of a semester.
    3. It’s full-time.
    4. Complete PDEFE form.
  3. Return to campus for the last 10 weeks of normal courses.
Semester 3 of program (Block 3)
  1. Complete your student teaching.