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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, BA (Online, GYO)

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College Education
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 120 semester credits
Faculty Lead Laird Leavitt
CIP Code 13.1202
Available at Online

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.

Program Highlights

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.

Program Outcomes

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:

Holistic Teachers:

  1. Candidates demonstrate culturally responsive pedagogy aimed at the holistic learning of all students;

Adaptive Teachers:

  1. Candidates demonstrate differentiated teaching, adapting instruction where appropriate to meet student needs while remaining aligned with learning standards;

Learner-Focused Teachers:

  1. Candidates demonstrate reflective instruction, analyzing student work in order to further develop their own pedagogical practices;
  2. Candidates demonstrate pedagogical proficiency through Candidate Pedagogy Portfolio scores. 

Academic Progress 

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. 

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see course descriptions  for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see course descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following:

Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 3-6

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics # 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab ## 3 credits

# Math requirement may be satisfied with MATH 4523 – Math Content & Methods I
## Science with Lab requirement may be satisfied with SCIE 1033 Multidisciplinary Science

Core Electives: 27-30

Any college-level courses

Content Course Requirements: 18

Content course requirements may be applied to the Core Curriculum requirements or General Electives

Additional Population Endorsement: 12-18 (optional)

General Electives: 0-3

Any college-level courses

Total: 120 Semester Credits

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