Teaching certification in the state of Washington can be earned through undergraduate or graduate study and the satisfactory completion of a state exam. Bachelor's and master's degree programs are available in several fields, including elementary education, secondary education, special education and music education. All programs cover basic teaching techniques and have additional courses that prepare students to teach their chosen grade level or academic subject. Full-time supervised student teaching experience is usually completed near the end of one's studies. Upon completion of a program, graduates must pass the appropriate state competency tests to receive a residency teaching certificate.
Washington State University
Washington State University, located in Pullman, offers an education bachelor's program for aspiring elementary teachers and two Master in Teaching programs for aspiring elementary and secondary school teachers. The bachelor's program teaches students to teach and communicate in elementary classrooms with a diverse population of students. The 15-month Master in Teaching program leads to elementary certification and offers a focus on K-8 students and basic teaching certification requirements. The Master in Teaching program leading to secondary certification covers teaching methods in literacy, social science, math, health and physical education. All teaching students must complete supervised student teaching experiences.
University of Washington
The University of Washington is based in Seattle, but it also has three additional campuses throughout Washington State. Aspiring teachers can pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree or a Master in Teaching degree with one of three certifications. Music education students must specialize in vocal or instrumental music, complete a full-time student teaching experience and learn to select appropriate materials for teaching children to use musical instrument. Those in the master's program can specialize in elementary education, secondary education or elementary special education. Regardless of specialization, all master's program students learn literacy instruction and curricular development, as well as study the use of multimedia technology in the classroom.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Washington State University||4-year, public; distant town|| BA in Education,
Master in Teaching with Elementary Certification,
Master in Teaching with Secondary Certification
|$11,967 (in-state), $25,567 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Washington||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Music in Music Education,
Master in Teaching
|$11,839 (in-state), $34,143 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator