Academic Breadth Requirements

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Academic Breadth

Washington state elementary school teachers must be certified to teach and must hold an elementary education endorsement. To be eligible for the elementary endorsement, students must complete college-level coursework which demonstrates their knowledge and understanding of the subject areas elementary school teachers cover in their classrooms: Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Fine Arts. Specific elementary education competency areas are outlined by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board.

Course Requirements

  • English Language Arts - 2 courses

    • 1 course in Composition or Writing
    • 1 course in Literature
  • Fine Arts - 1 course

    • 1 course in an Applied Art
      (Example: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Dance, Theatre; art appreciation courses not accepted) 
  • Mathematics

    • 1 course in Mathematics for Elementary Educators
      (Please note: this is a course designed specifically for future elementary teachers; B EDUC 170 Math for Elementary Educators meets this requirement)
  • Science - 3 courses

    • 1 course in a Biological Science
      (Example: Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Zoology; Nutrition courses not accepted)
    • 1 course in an Earth or Space Science
      (Example: Astronomy, Climate Science, Geology, Oceanography)
    • 1 course in a Physical Science
      (Example: Chemistry, Physics, Engineering)
    • 1 course must have a laboratory requirement
  • Social Studies - 2 courses

    • 1 course in United States History
    • 1 course in United States Government or Civics, Geography, or Economics

Additional Requirements

  • Courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C letter grade) will be accepted
  • Courses must be 100-level or higher and be completed at an accredited community college or university
  • Approved Advanced Placement coursework will be accepted 

Transcript Review

It is strongly recommended that Elementary Education students or applicants work with an admissions or School of Educational Studies advisor to complete an Academic Breadth transcript review to determine if any course requirements are missing.

Students may be asked to submit a syllabus to determine whether a course meets Academic Breadth area competencies.