Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education

Next Start
July 2025
Regional Cohort Model: Mixed Mode (Edmonds, Tacoma, Vancouver, WA)
Total Credits
Price per Credit

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 for most students with an associate’s degree or 90 quarter credits.*


Teacher Certification Programs at City University of Seattle strive to recruit, retain, and support a diverse educator workforce that mirrors the diversity of the PK-12 student population in schools. We aim to cultivate learning spaces in which all community members feel connected to and rooted in relationships within themselves, each other, and the environment. Our vision is to help future teachers align their instructional practices in culturally sustaining ways that foster the development of conscious, global citizens of the world who are at home in their place, environment, and communities.


Teacher Certification Programs at City University of Seattle provide relevant, relationship-based learning experiences rooted in culturally sustaining and identity affirming practices for future PK-12 teachers. We equip future teachers with tools, strategies, and awareness to effectively and equitably facilitate humanizing, healing-centered, and high-quality learning experiences for PK-12 students in the school setting.

Please speak with an advisor to determine a program plan that suits your schedule and academic background.

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.

Note: Statement on 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c). Candidates of City University of Seattle Teacher Certification Programs, complete requirements to be recommended for certification or endorsement in the state of Washington. Except for Washington State, CityU has made no determination if this program will lead to licensure in another state. Please reference the resources below to determine licensure requirements and/or transfer policies in states other than Washington. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) have negotiated licensure reciprocity agreements among states. This means that if you earn licensure in Washington you may be able to gain licensure in another state based on proof of a valid Washington license. NASDTEC agreements can be found by clicking the following link. Requirements for licensure can change without notice, therefore it is important to contact the State Department of Education to confirm reciprocity in another state.

Endorsements include:

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


CityU’s School of Education and Leadership 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


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