WSU Tri-Cities

College of Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education

The Department of Teaching and Learning at Washington State University Tri-Cities offers a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. The education curriculum provides the skills and knowledge to teach and guide school children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Students who successfully complete WSU Tri-Cities’ teacher preparation program and pass the WEST-E test are eligible to receive a Residency Teaching Certificate from the state of Washington.

The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the State Board of Education accredit the WSU Tri-Cities bachelor’s degree in education.

Students are encouraged to meet with a WSU Tri-Cities education advisor to discuss prerequisites, admissions, and transfer course equivalencies.

Application for Admission to Teacher Education (updated 9/13/2013)

Program Background

The Department of Teaching and Learning at WSU Tri-Cities offers a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an embedded endorsement in either English Language Learners (ELL) and/or Bilingual Education or Middle-Level Math. The program is an integrated course of study and field experiences (79 total credits) that includes:

  • Alignment with State of Washington elementary certification and competency requirements
  • Practicum and student teaching experiences working with elementary students
  • Course work leading to additional optional add-on endorsements in English Language Learners, Bilingual Education, Middle-Level Math, or Special Education

This program is designed for students who have completed a broad base of liberal arts and sciences course prerequisites (GER General Education Requirements) required of all WSU students and who have also been admitted into the Elementary Education Program.

The bachelor’s degree in education is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the State of Washington.

Students pursuing a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education may choose from two program options:

  • Bachelor of Arts with Add-On Endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL) and/or Bilingual Education
  • Bachelor of Arts with an Add-On Endorsement in Middle Level Mathematics

Upon completing the program, students will a residency teaching certificate in K-8 Elementary and an endorsement in their chosen area.

Program Coursework

BA with ELL and/or Bilingual Ed Endorsement BA with Middle Level Math Endorsement

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

ELL Courses:
T&L 330 - Diversity in Education and Society
T&L 333 - Introduction to ELL
T&L 339 - Communication in Diverse Classrooms
T&L 401 - Practicum in Bilingual/ELL Education
T&L 409 - Curriculum and Assessment for Bilingual/ELL Education
T&L 411 - Bilingual Methods and Materials Across the Curriculum - Bilingual Education Endorsement only
T&L 414 - Methods and Materials for Bilingual/ELL Education

Psych 361 - Principals of Developmental Psychology
T&L 301 - Learning and Development
T&L 310 - Classroom Management
T&L 321 - Early Literacy
T&L 322 - Reading and Writing in Grades 4-8
T&L 330 - Diversity in Education and Society
T&L 333 - Introduction to ELL
T&L 352 - Teaching Elementary Mathematics
T&L 371 - Teaching Elementary Science
T&L 385 - Teaching Elementary Social Studies
T&L 390 - Integrating Fine Arts into K-8 Curriculum
T&L 405 - Practicum II
T&L 483 - Integrating Health & Fitness into K-8 Curriculum
T&L 490 - Advanced Practicum
EdPsy 401 - Classroom Assessment
SpecEd 420 - Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
T&L 415 - Student Teaching

Middle Level Math Courses:
Math 106 - College Algebra
Math 151 - Calculus for Middle School Teachers
Math 303 - Higher Geometry
Math 351 - Algebraic Thinking for Middle School Teachers
T&L 426 - Middle Level Mathematics Methods
T&L 427 - Proportional Reasoning


For more information, contact Lindsay Lightner at 509-372-7366 or send an email to llightner@tricity.wsu.edu.

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