City University of Seattle is approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board to offer a shorter, alternative teacher preparation program for Residency Certification. This program is suited for three types of applicants:
- Alternative 1: Paraeducators who are currently employed in a public school with at least a year of experience and a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college.
- Alternative 2: People who are not currently employed by a school district who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the content area and/or three years of work experience in the high-need field.
- Alternative 3: Teachers in a public school who are currently teaching with a conditional or emergency teaching certificate.
Our Alternate Routes program will prepare you with pedagogical instruction to teach in shortage areas such as math, English language learners (ELL) and special education.
- Time to completion: Our alternative teacher certification program lasts one year, from July through June, and includes a year-long residency.
- Flexible learning: You’ll work online and in class with a cohort of individuals learning from our expert faculty of practicing teachers.
- Admissions requirements: You will have different application requirements depending on the route you choose but generally, your bachelor’s degree and completed Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-B and/or WEST-E ®) create the basis for entrance into the program.
When you finish the program you’ll be ready to step into a teaching role as a highly qualified teacher in one or two high-need subject areas. You’ll be prepared to teach ELL, Mathematics, Middle-level Math or Special Education. You will also earn your WA State Residency Teaching Certificate with endorsements in your content area.
Speak with our advisers to get started on your alternative route to teacher certification today.
CityU’s District Administrator contact is Stephen Smith.
Additional information about this route can also be found on the State of Washington’s Professional Educators Standards Board website.
A Q&A with Steve Brown, Associate Program Director
Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: J.D., University of Michigan Law School.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Travel, read, cook, play and coach soccer, umpire fastpitch.
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: School law classes for teacher certification and ed. leadership, the introductory course for performance-based MIT.
Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?
A: I love working with students and the process of facilitating learning.
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching at CityU?
A: The varied life experiences of our students, the encouragement of innovative engagement.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: You have the power to change what you are doing.
Q: Any fond CityU memories that you can share?
A: I was recruited to be an Educational Leadership candidate despite not having a teaching credential; the program director knew I was a fit and committed to working with me to figure out how to get a principal’s certificate, given my situation. It took an extra year, but he/I did!
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of taking one of your classes?
A: Be prepared to have fun while learning.
Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: Students appreciate specific feedback about writing, not just content.