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Teach for a Brighter Future for Our Youth

Children’s futures depend on effective teachers in the community. If you’re a caring, committed teacher who is ready to begin teaching in a K-8 setting, this certificate would help you achieve your goals.

Adding an elementary education endorsement to your teaching certificate opens up a whole new world of career opportunities. Program graduates often pursue a change of pace by shifting into elementary teaching positions that are both challenging and rewarding.

You can apply to CityU’s elementary education endorsement program if you are an actively certified teacher or administrator in Washington state. You may also complete the program as part of your initial certification in our Bachelor of Arts in Education.

This elementary education endorsement is offered in a mixed-mode setting with convenient class meeting times and online learning elements – to accommodate your busy schedule.

The state-approved Endorsement in Elementary Education provides Washington state-certified teachers with an opportunity to begin teaching students in K-8. You will work closely with faculty, who are also actively working, so you learn actionable skills for the classroom. Timely, real-world examples will further support and elevate your learning experience.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the elementary education endorsement program, you’ll learn:

  • To address the needs of students with disabilities in the classroom
  • How to teach the social sciences while establishing opportunities for direct classroom application and transformative student learning
  • Basic elements, principles, related concepts, and vocabulary of the creative arts
  • Potential empowering or limiting effects of health choices and habits
  • Theoretical perspectives on mathematics education
  • Inquiry-based approach to teaching STEM
  • Literacy instruction strategies

Total Required Credits (29 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Required Courses

EDE 370A Content: Creative Arts Concepts (2)

EDE 433 Content: Mathematics I (4)

EDE 403 Health & Fitness Methods (2)

EDE 439 Content: Mathematics II (4)

EDE 436 Literacy Instruction & Assessment I (4)

ERL 438 Literacy Instruction & Assessment II (4)

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

EDE 380 Social Studies (4)

Internship: Taken after all coursework is passed **must be taken regardless of background 

EDU 337 Practicum** (1)

This certificate is recommended for currently certified teachers or administrators who are looking to make a change to teaching K-8 in Washingtonstate. The need for skilled, caring, inspirational teachers is always in demand. If you’re interested in helping to shape young minds, consider this a step toward achieving your career aspirations.

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.