- Offered as:
- Specialization track in Elementary Education
The elementary education program at WSU is part of the comprehensive teacher education program, which provides the skills and knowledge to teach and guide school children in kindergarten through grade 12.
It yields a bachelor's degree in education and a Washington state teaching certificate in elementary education (grades K-8).
- Strengths of the program
- Make connections through professors who have collaborative relationships with more than 150 school districts statewide.
- The College of Education sponsors the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color program, designed to address the under-representation of multicultural educators in the state of Washington.
- We offer the most innovative education technologies and the latest classroom facilities.
- The teacher education program is the only one in the state to offer classroom teaching opportunities in every region of Washington, as well as in English-speaking schools overseas.
- Get the most up-to-date knowledge of effective teaching, student learning, and educational reform.
- Get first-hand experience through 200 practicum hours integrated throughout the program and 16 weeks of student teaching.
- Core courses
After admission to the elementary education program, you'll take core courses like these, designed to give you the skills and knowledge you'll need to bring into your own elementary classroom:
Reading & Writing in Grades 4-8
Teaching Elementary Mathematics
Teaching Elementary Science
Teaching Elementary Social Studies
Integrating Fine Arts into K-8 Curriculum
Integrating Health & Fitness into K-8 Curriculum
Instructional Practicum (3 semesters)
Diversity in Education
Intro to ESL for K-8 Teachers
Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
Elementary Methods of Educational Technology
See a full list of elementary education core courses on the College of Education website.
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For teacher education students
The College of Education distributes funds from 13 endowed scholarships to approximately 100 teacher education students every semester. Some of the scholarships with multiple recipients include the College of Education Alumni Association Scholarship, the Louise H. Meyer Scholarship, the Don and Julia Lee Scholarship, and the Claude Simpson and Peggy Simpson Yates Scholarship.
For more information about these scholarships, call the College of Education at 509-335-7843 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation
- Care about people, especially children
- Interest in current social issues and policies that impact families or individual family members
- Sensitive to the valuable contributions and unique needs of all people
- Want to have the same impact that your favorite teacher had on you
- Desire to learn how a variety of educational approaches and prevention/intervention strategies can influence the development of children, youth, and families