Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.
Use the AA -DTA Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.
Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree Education.
Each college of education has unique ways in which courses will transfer. To maximize the probability that courses taken at Shoreline will apply directly to an Elem. Ed. Degree, it is beneficial to work closely with an advisor from the college of education at the colleges(s) that one is considering attending.
Where can I go for help?
Elementary Education Faculty Advisors
206-546-4729 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 5384
206-546-4787 email@example.com Rm 5350
206-546-4628 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 5308
General Academic Advising
FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229
International Student Academic Advising
9000 Building, Rm. 9302
email@example.com 206-533-6713 Rm 5236
What does your chosen four-year school require?
Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)
General Requirements for Teacher Certification Programs: All students applying for admission to state approved teacher education programs are required to 1.) pass the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B); 2.) complete an application for a Teacher’s Certificate, including a Character and Fitness Supplement; 3.) submit to a Washington State Patrol and FBI background check; 4.) complete course requirements and a teaching internship. Some schools require volunteer hours in an elementary education setting for admission. Colleges in the following list offer Undergraduate Teacher Certification (UG), Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Special Education (SE) Programs, or Graduate Degree Programs and Certification (G), which may require specific courses for admission. Check web sites and/or consult with advisors for specific requirements. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements.
|Antioch University (G)
|Central Washington University (UG,ECE,SE)
|City University (UG,G)
|Eastern Washington University (UG,ECE,G)
|Gonzaga University (UG,SE,G)
|Heritage University (UG,ECE,SE,G)
|Northwest University (UG,G)
|Pacific Lutheran University (UG,G)
|St. Martin’s University (UG,SE,G)
|Seattle Pacific University (UG, SE, G)
|Seattle University (UG, G)
|The Evergreen State College (G)
|University of Puget Sound (G)
|University of Washington - Bothell (G)
|University of Washington - Seattle (G)
|University of Washington - Tacoma (G)
|Walla Walla University (UG, G)
|Washington State University (UG, G)
|Western Washington University (UG,ECE,SE,G)
|Whitworth University (UG,SE,G)
What courses should I take?
This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.
General Education - 20 Credits
Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.
Communication (10 Credits)
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Choose one of the following classes:
MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120
* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits
Humanities (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: CMST& 101 , CMST& 220 , World Language if required for university admission or graduation.
Natural Sciences (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses. Recommended: GEOL& 101 for earth science. One each: earth science, biological science, physical science.
What is elementary education?
Elementary Education prepares students to teach in K-8 public and private schools. In addition to completing a teacher education program and residency certificate, students must complete a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education or a subject area endorsed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington State. www.k12.wa.us/certification Some universities offer teacher education programs that can be completed within a bachelor’s degree, while others offer a post-baccalaureate certification program or certification in conjunction with a graduate degree program.
What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education?
Elementary Education teachers develop the knowledge, skills and credentials to teach in elementary and middle schools, as well as skills that transfer to a variety of career fields.
Potential employers include: Private and public middle schools and high schools, boards of education, federal, state and local governments, health and human services, marketing and research firms, public advocacy groups, private foundations, non-profit organizations, foreign service, businesses, and publishing companies. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.
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Shoreline, WA 98133-5696