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UW Tacoma is the perfect choice for those seeking K-8 Certification with an option for ELL, Special Education, Secondary Science or Math Certification, or for educators seeking to expand their educational background.

The School of Education does not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for admission to Teacher Certification or Educational Administrator Certification programs.

Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for certified teachers interested in adding an endorsement require approval by the School of Education Administrator. Matriculated applications do not require approval. 

If you want to become a teacher, if you are already a teacher, or you are a current or aspiring leader, come join us and let us help you meet your goals!

Minor in Education

UW Tacoma Undergraduate students: Declare an Education Minor offered through Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Learn about the Pathway to Become a Teacher!

Completing the Education minor will help you understand the role and responsibilities of classroom teachers and career opportunities in educational settings.

  • Teachers make a good salary with great benefits! Midcareer teachers make an average of $60,000 in Washington
  • Worried about the college loans? The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program could work for you.
  • Might relocate? No problem! You can still teach in other states and in many countries.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop broad perspectives on educational issues in today's world
  • Work closely with professors, teachers and others interested in education and schooling
  • Get hands-on experience in a public classroom setting
  • Prepare for graduate and or teacher certification programs in education

Questions about the Education Minor

Questions about the Education Minor, please email Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Education Minor Coordinator Dr. Tony Perone, Lecturer

How to Declare an Education Minor

Declare an Education Minor, contact your undergraduate advisor in the Academic Advising Center.

Work With Us Towards Becoming A Teacher

If you are considering the Teacher Certification Program after you complete your bachelor's degree at UW Tacoma, there are benefits to including the Education minor in your undergraduate plan. This minor is offered by Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences but is open to all undergraduate students at UW Tacoma.

Pathway to Becoming a Teacher 

The Education Minor offers:

  • Provisional Admission: To be eligible for thie option of automatic admission to our Teacher Certification Program without an interview, you must:
    • Submit complete application to the Teacher Certification Program by the priority application deadline, third Friday in February for summer - only start.
    • Complete the Education Minor by the time the Teacher Certification program begins in summer quarter - all Ed Minor courses must be completed with a grade of 2.7 or higher.
    • Enroll in TEDUC 490 and request a Replacement for School of Education Interview document from your professor and s/he must be willing to submit this form on your behalf by the priority deadline.
    • Have a cumulative average of 3.0 for last 90 credits of undergraduate study; 1) at the time of priority deadline, and; 2) maintain 3.0 through remainder of undergraduate studies.
  • Pre-requisite coursework: Completion of the Education Minor (2.7 grade or higher in all courses) will guarantee completion of the prerequisite coursework for the K-8 Teacher Certification Program (see program website for Secondary prerequisite coursework). K-8 Prerequisite coursework:
    • Two (2) writing intensive courses (e.g. English composition and literature)
    • Developmental Psychology
  • Education work experience: Completion of the Education Minor will guarantee completion of 40 hours of documented experience in a school setting, which is an admission requirement to our Teacher Certification Program.
  • Equivalent graduate level coursework: Two of the required Education Minor courses, TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (2.7 grade or higher and must have been taken in academic year 2012-13,  or later, to qualify), will count as equivalent courses for two of the courses within our Teacher Certification Program, TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501, respectively*

*If not taken as part of the minor, TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (2.7 grade or higher), will still count as equivalent courses for TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501

 

Teacher Certification Programs

application deadline for Summer Quarter 2018: February 16, 2018.

Because the program of study must be completed in sequence, students are admitted for Summer Quarter only. The application process is completed entirely online within the UW Graduate School Application. All materials will be either uploaded or completed online. Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been received. Complete applications received by the application date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the application date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Principal or Program Administrator Certification

priority application deadline for Summer quarter 2018: December 1, 2017

Because the program of study must be completed in sequence, students are admitted for Summer Quarter only. The application process is completed entirely online within the UW Graduate School Application. All materials will be either uploaded or completed online. Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been received. Complete applications received by the application date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the application date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Master of Education for Practicing Educators

Priority application dates
Autumn Quarter July 15th
Winter Quarter Not accepting applications
Spring Quarter Not accepting applications
Summer Quarter April 15th

Endorsement offerings for Practicing Educators

  • Endorsement offerings for practicing educators
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Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) Program

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