||Bachelor of Arts
||120 semester credits
The College of Education (COE) Bachelor of Education (BA) program prepares undergraduate candidates who seek the first level of teacher certification and who demonstrate a high aptitude for scholarship and teaching at the elementary level. Candidates earn a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate and the BA-Ed. degree simultaneously.
The Grow Your Own (GYO) alternative routes program offers online academics with rich field experience. This program is run in conjunction with our GYO partner school districts and is aimed at designated school district employees or career-changers connected to partner districts.
GYO BA students typically transfer in an Associate’s degree and commit to completing the remainder of their BA over the course of about two years. The final three semesters include student teaching (6 credits) and methods coursework (24 credits). Coursework is fully online and student teaching takes place within the candidate’s district.
The COE, directed by broad research and theory, and in accordance with state standards, prepares teachers in five specific proficiencies. The following outcomes guide our candidates’ experience throughout the program:
- Candidates demonstrate culturally responsive pedagogy aimed at the holistic learning of all students;
- Candidates demonstrate differentiated teaching, adapting instruction where appropriate to meet student needs while remaining aligned with learning standards;
- Candidates demonstrate reflective instruction, analyzing student work in order to further develop their own pedagogical practices;
- Candidates pass their state-required WEST-E/NES content assessments necessary for certification (endorsement areas: Elementary Education, English Language Learner (ELL), Special Education (SPED)).
- Candidates pass their state-required edTPA pedagogy assessment necessary for certification.
Successful applicants should have a previous cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B level) or higher; candidates holding a lower GPA may be admitted to the program conditionally and granted one semester in which to earn a satisfactory GPA. Students must earn at least a C (2.0) in each class in order to progress to subsequent semesters.
Critical Concern Report
From time to time, an issue arises which is beyond the scope of academic progress and outside of program transitions. The COE uses a Critical Concern Report (CCR) to document such instances. In the case that a CCR about a candidate is made to the Dean and found to be warranted, the COE will conduct an evaluation of the candidate’s status in program.
Students who leave the cohort for any reason and wish to return are required to meet with the Dean of the College of Education or designee to initiate the readmission process. Readmission to the College of Education is subject to space availability, decided on an individual basis, and is allowed one time only.