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Make a Difference by Teaching the Future

City University of Seattle’s Bachelor of Arts in Education degree provides a route for first-time bachelor’s students to become certified teachers. You can complete the BA in education on its own or combine it with any of the following emphasis areas, some of which can be combined to create dual endorsements.

The BA Education program was created with flexibility in mind. Choose from online coursework, Saturday classes, or mixed-mode delivery to fit your classes around your schedule. Each mode of instruction will provide you with more hands-on field experience than traditional teacher certification programs, ensuring you’re better prepared for the realities of today’s classrooms. The program can be completed in two years.

The Bachelor of Arts in Education will satisfy requirements for a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate, which means you’ll be qualified to work as a certified teacher in any public or private elementary school in Washington state.

Endorsements include:

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle-Level Mathematics
  • Special Education
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Reading

Admissions Requirements

To start the Bachelor of Arts in Education, you must first complete your lower-division requirements, pass the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic® (WEST-B), and then apply with our advisors. CityU is dedicated to helping you achieve your goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.


CityU’s Albright School of Education is accredited by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board and has a long history as one of the foremost teaching schools in Washington state.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Bachelor of Arts in Education program, you’ll learn:

  • How to address the needs of students with disabilities in your classroom
  • Teaching the social sciences while establishing opportunities for direct classroom application
  • The basic elements, principles, related concepts, and vocabulary of the creative arts
  • The potential empowering or limiting effects of health/fitness choices
  • Theoretical perspectives on mathematics education
  • Public school law with an emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of students and teachers
  • Quality instructional design and delivery
  • Inquiry-based approach to teaching STEM
  • Theories and practice of classroom management

Required Credits (180 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

There are several endorsements within the Bachelor of Arts in Education that you can choose to study. Each pathway will lead you toward becoming a certified teacher.

Lower-Division Requirements 

College Composition: 5 credits
College Mathematics: 5 credits (May be met with Math for Elementary Teachers or MATH 107 or higher.)
Humanities: 15 credits
Social Science: 15 credits
Natural Science/Mathematics: 15 credits

Combined Requirements (53 Credits)

EDU 320A Content: Instructional Strategies P-12 (5)

ESP 423 Curriculum Modifications and Adaptation (2)

EDU 308 American School Law and Issues in Special Populations (3)

EDU 313 Multicultural Education (2)

ERL 436 Literacy Instruction and Assessment I (4)

ERL 438 Literacy Instruction and Assessment II (4)

EDU 383A Content: Classroom Management (3)

EDU 404A Content: Student Assessment & Evaluation (3) OR ESP 408 Student Assessment & Evaluation (3)

EDE 433 Content: Mathematics I (4)

EDE 439 Content: Mathematics II (4)

ERL 440 Language Arts and Literacy Integration (4)

EDU 329 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (4)

EDE 307 Special Education and Special Programs (3)

EDE 325 Sustainability and the Social Sciences (4)

EDE 370A Content: Creative Arts Concepts (2)

EDE 403 Health and Fitness Methods (2)

Upper Division Electives (37 Credits)


Teaching is a challenging yet highly rewarding career. If you’re passionate about working with youth and making a difference, a Bachelor of Arts in Education from CityU of Seattle will set you on that path.

This bachelor’s program will prepare you for a variety of roles in the education field, including:

  • Special education teacher
  • Guidance counselor
  • K-12 teacher
  • Single-subject math, reading, or ELL teacher

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.