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.
- Elementary Education
- Middle Level Mathematics
- Special Education
- English Language Learners (ELL)
- Early Childhood Education
CityU’s 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.
The BA in Education 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.
Contact our advisors to learn more.
To start CityU’s Bachelor of Arts in Education, you must first complete your lower division requirements, pass the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic® (WEST-B) and the National Evaluation Series Subtests I and II (NES® 102/103), 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.
Required Prerequisites (91)
College Writing (5 credits): College Composition II
Humanities (20 credits): College Composition (all others), Oral Communications - Speech, Creative Arts I
Social Sciences (15 credits): General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, US History or World Civilization
Natural Sciences/Math (20 credits): Life Science, Physical Science, Lab, Natural Science Elective, College Mathematics, Math for Elementary Teachers**
Academic Content Area Electives (30 credits): Humanities, Social Sciences or Natural Sciences***
Theory & Practice in Education (1 credit)
** This Program requires MAT252 or higher.
***A minimum of 30 credits are required in one academic area. Choose humanities, social science or natural science/math and includes credits from prerequisites.
B.A. in Education (180)
Elementary Education (180)
Elementary Education and Early Childhood (180)
Elementary Education and Middle Level Math (184)
Elementary Education and Special Education (184)
Elementary Education and ELL (180)
Elementary Education and Reading (181)
Special Education and Middle Level Math (192)
A Q&A with Dr. Craig Schieber
Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: Doctor of Education from Seattle Pacific University. I majored in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Information Technologies.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Direct theater productions, run, read, garden.
Q: Do you teach any classes?
A: Right now I’m just doing field supervision, however in the past I’ve taught technology, curriculum, and assessment classes.
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I am fascinated by the growth process and the exchange of ideas. Joy comes in seeing and helping people realize their potential and beyond.
Q: Why do you enjoy serving students at CityU?
A: Because most of our students are non-traditional university students I am always honored to help them realize their dreams. These are courageous and strong people, most of whom are in the adult flow of life with responsibilities such as having a family, paying a mortgage, working a job, etc.
Q: What is one thing that you tell students?
A: They will get a relevant, practical education from dedicated practitioners.
Q: Any fond CityU memories that you can share?
A: My fondest memories come from times I have supervised and observed our students interning and student teaching in classrooms. Watching them learn our teacher’s art of reaching out and helping and nurturing kids’ natural curiosity is the best kind of memory.
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of attending CityU?
A: They will get a relevant, practical education from dedicated practitioners. They should be prepared and open to grow. They will come out of our program a different person. In the program we will work with them as they prepare to join a proud profession, which once they join, they wear 24 hours a day. It is a calling and a full life commitment.
Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: This is one that has been confirmed by course evaluations. The most common cause of student dissatisfaction in classes is lack of feedback from instructors on student work. That is our major focus to find ways to get student expectations and instructor performance closer together on this all-important instructional experience.
A Q&A with Maria Gross, Academic Program Director
Q: What did you study, and where did you graduate from?
A: Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Higher Education, University of Washington
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Travel, cook, read
Q: Why do you enjoy working at CityU?
A: I enjoy CityU because of its practitioner-based model through which application of concepts is foundational to education.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: I love teaching and expect and welcome them to challenge me and our education system.