Elementary Education Program


Elementary Education Program at WSU Tri-Cities

Our elementary education program has a good mix of classroom hours and practicum or internship hours. In class you learn how to bring 21st century solutions to 21st century issues. Then, you get out in the field and you make a difference. No matter what major you choose — or which WSU campus you call home — you’ll emerge ready to hit the ground running in the world of education and to make a difference in the communities where you serve.

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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)

In the 2019 Legislative Session, HB 1621 was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Inslee. HB 1621 removed the requirement of meeting a specific score on the WEST-B (Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic) in order to gain admission to any teacher education program.

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  in accordance with departmental deadlines, which is March 1 for fall admission.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. All elementary education 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.

Check out the list of courses required for admission and their equivalencies from local community colleges.

Additionally, prior to admission, applicants must:

  • have completed all prerequisite coursework
  • 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)
  • demonstrate proficiency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics using any combination of SAT, ACT, or WEST-B scores.  For more information on basic skills, visit https://education.wsu.edu/undergradprograms/teachered/basicskillstesting/.

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 elementary education program.

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

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To earn a degree in Elementary Education, you will need to complete the following courses:

  • Psych 361 – Principals of Developmental Psychology
  • TCH_LRN 301 Learning and Development
  • TCH_LRN 310 Classroom Management
  • TCH_LRN 321 Early Literacy
  • TCH_LRN 322 Reading and Writing in Grades 4-8
  • TCH_LRN 352 Teaching Elementary Mathematics
  • TCH_LRN 371 Teaching Elementary Science
  • TCH_LRN 385 Teaching Elementary Social Studies
  • TCH_LRN 390 Integrating Fine Arts into K-8 Curriculum
  • TCH_LRN 402 Practicum I
  • TCH_LRN 483 Integrating Health & Fitness into K-8 Curriculum
  • TCH_LRN 490 Advanced Practicum
  • EdPsy 401 Classroom Assessment
  • SpecEd 420 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
  • TCH_LRN 415 Student Teaching

Additionally, 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.

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor and learn how easy it is to apply.

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor and learn how easy it is to apply.

Graduates of Elementary Education Program at WSU Tri-Cities leave campus fully ready to enter the workforce. The Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen interview skills – all of which will help students land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees and also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and post-graduation career opportunities.

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