City University of Seattle is approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board to offer a shorter, alternative route to becoming a teacher. This program is designed for people who have prior experience and want to complete a teaching program in one year.
There are four routes that students can take in this flexible and affordable program — each route has been developed to suit students in unique life circumstances.
- Route 1: for students who are employed by school districts as “classified instructional employees,” or paraprofessionals who have an associate degrees.
- Route 2: for students currently employed by a school district who have a bachelor’s degree.
- Route 3: for students who have a bachelor’s degree, who are not employed by a school district, but have documented career expertise in a subject-matter shortage area such as Special Education; English Language; or Math.
- Route 4: for students with a bachelor’s degree who are employed by a school district at the time of application and hold a conditional teaching or emergency substitute certificate.
- An intensive summer teaching academy
- Four in-class Saturday courses per quarter
- A mentored internship program within a school district
- Preparation for the edTPA exam
Key Admission Requirement
- Passage of the WEST-B statewide basic skills exams
- Completion of the WEST-E/NES subject matter assessments required by RCW 28A.410.220 (3) for the endorsements being sought
- District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of successful student interaction and leadership as “classified staff” for Routes 1 and 2.
This program prepares students to teach and create curriculum in shortage areas such as Math, English Language Learner (ELL) and Special Education.
Speak with a CityU advisor to get started on your route to becoming a teacher today.
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.