College of Education

Elementary Education

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ABOUT ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

The elementary education program provides the skills and knowledge to teach and guide school children in grades K-8.

All WSU Tri-Cities students seeking a B.A. in elementary education must also complete at least 20 semester hours in an endorsable area such as English Language Learning, Bilingual Education, Middle-Level Math, Middle-Level Science, or Special Education.

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Alternate Route
Pasco teacher Esfeidy Guzman was selected by her principal to participate in the College of Education alternate route program. The program provides funds and courses for selected paraeducators to earn their education degree.

Award-winning research
Yuliya Ardasheva, a faculty member at WSU Tri‑Cities, has received one of two national Mid‑Career Awards from the American Educational Research Association’s Second Language Research Special Interest Group.

Education Summit
Every year, WSU Tri-Cities hosts the Education Summit in which local educators attend workshops, info sessions, and panels. Here, WSU Tri-Cities faculty share innovative techniques being utilized in the classroom.

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COURSES:

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in elementary education, which could include:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Learning and development
  • Classroom management
  • Early literacy

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

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 an undergraduate admission application (if not already a WSU student) as well as an application for admission to the teacher education program in accordance with departmental deadlines.

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT WSU TRI-CITIES:

WSU Tri-Cities offers the Alternate Route program, which is designed for students to complete coursework and become certified teachers in two years.

Students in the alternate route program earn academic credit through in-person evening courses with university faculty, courses situated in students’ jobs in area schools, and Prior Learning Assessments that let students how how they have met Washington’s teacher competencies through prior education or work experiences.

CAREERS:

Career outcomes in elementary education
WSU Tri-Cities’ elementary education program will prepare you for the world of education and to make a difference in the communities where you serve.

WSU Tri-Cities and Pullman alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and estimated salary:

$44,334

Estimated salary of elementary education alumni

Jobs held by WSU elementary education graduates:
Teacher | Teaching Assistant

*Data provided by EMSI 2022.