Academic Programs at WSU Tri-Cities College of Education

Program Admission

Undergraduate Admission to the Elementary Education Major

To be considered for admission to the teacher preparation program at WSU Tri-Cities, applicants must have completed or have in progress at the time of the application the following courses: six (6) semester credits of English composition, human development psychology, three (3) semester credits of Math for Elementary Teachers, three science courses, and TCH_LRN 301 (for current WSU and WWCC students only).

RequirementWSU SystemColumbia Basin CollegeBig Bend Comm. CollegeWalla Walla Comm. CollegeYakima Valley Comm. College
English Composition
6 semester Credits
ENGL 101, 201, 301 or 302ENGL& 101 and 102ENGL& 101 and 102ENGL& 101 and 102ENGL& 101 and 102
Human Development PsychologyPSYCH 361 or H-D 101PSYC& 200PSYC&200PSYC& 200PSYC& 200
Math for Elementary Teachers
6 semester Credits
MATH 251 and 252MATH& 171, 172, and 173No equivalency -see WSU advisorMATH& 171 and 172MATH& 131 and 132
U.S. History

3 semester credits

HIST 110, 111, 150, or 216HIST& 146, 147 or 148HIST& 136 or 137HIST& 146, 147, or 148HIST& 136 or 137
Social Sciences

Choose 6 semester credits (two courses) from different disciplines

  • American Government
  • Economics
  • World Civilizations
  • Geography
HIST 120 or 121; ECON 101 or 102; POL_S 101 or 102HIST& 126, 127, or 128; ECON 110, ECON& 201 or 202; GEO 101HIST 116, 117, or 118; POLS& 202; ECON& 201 or 202HIST& 126, 127, or 128; ECON 200, ECON& 201, or 202; GEOG 201HIST& 116, 117, or 118; ECON 101, ECON& 201, or 202; POLS& 202; or GEOG 101
Sciences
Choose 4 sciences:

  • 3 of the 4 courses must have labs
  • Biology and Geology are required
SCIENCE 101, 102, GEOL 101, and BIOL 102 GEOL& 101; BIOL& 100, 160; PHYS& 101; CHEM& 110; or ASTR& 100 BIOL& 100; CHEM& 110; GEOL& 101; PHYS& 110; or ASTR&& 100 ASTR& 110; BIOL& 100; CHEM& 110; GEOL& 101; PHYS& 110 ASTR& 100; BIOL 105; CHEM& 110; GEOL& 101; PHYS&115 and 125
Learning and Development TCH_LRN 301 No equivalency – see WSU advisor No equivalency – see WSU advisor EDUC& 202 No equivalency – see WSU advisor

 

Successful completion of program course requirements alone does not guarantee admission to the teacher preparation program. In order to be considered for admission, students must submit a WSU Undergraduate Application (if not already a WSU student) as well as an Application for Admission to the Teacher Education (updated 2/9/15) in accordance with departmental deadlines.

Departmental application deadlines are March 1 for Fall semester admission.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. All program requirement courses must be passed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Students must have completed the equivalent of 45 semester credits prior to admission to the major.

Additionally, prior to admission, applicants must have completed 80 hours of supervised work with children or youth (between ages 4-18, and during the three years prior to the date of application), and achieve a passing score on all three (3) subtests (reading, writing, math) of the Washington Educators Skill Test – Basic (WEST-B). Information on this exam can be found at www.west.nesinc.com.

It is the desire of the College of Education, as well as the State of Washington, to prepare the best possible teachers. Thus, we reserve the right to seek the most highly qualified individuals for admission to the program. Simply meeting the application requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

For more information, please contact an Admissions Counselor or the Advising Center.


Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are determined by WSU’s Graduate School and by the individual departments within the College of Education.

Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning Admission Requirements

Admission to the Teaching and Learning Masters programs at Washington State University involves application and acceptance into both the WSU Graduate School and the Department of Teaching and Learning.

The following items must be submitted directly to the WSU Graduate School in addition to the online application:

  • $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter of intent stating the reason for pursing a graduate degree
  • Current récsumé or vita

The following items must be submitted directly to Helen Berry in West 207A or at hberry@tricity.wsu.edu:

Masters of Education in Educational Leadership Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the Educational Leadership Masters degree specialization at Washington State University involves application and acceptance into both the WSU Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership, Sports Studies, and Educational Counseling Psychology.

The following items must be submitted directly to the WSU Graduate School in addition to the online application:

  • $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of your professional objectives and how you feel they will be promoted by admission to the program to which you are applying
  • Current résumé or vita

The following items must be submitted directly to Helen Berry in West 207A or at hberry@tricity.wsu.edu:

All applicants to the Educational Leadership Program must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the last sixty (60) semester hours of graded undergraduate course work or twelve (12) credits of graduate study. The Graduate Record Examination is NOT REQUIRED for the master’s degree and credential programs.

Requirements may vary for the degree and credential programs. Detailed information is available from Helen Berry, 509-372-7394, hberry@tricity.wsu.edu.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

For admissions requirements for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program, please contact Michele Acker-Hocevar at ackerhoc@tricity.wsu.edu.

Last Updated: February 23, 2016