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

EDE 307

Special Education and Special Programs (3)

This course provides general education teachers with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of students with disabilities in their classrooms. The course also surveys other special programs including ESL/Bilingual, gifted education, and federal, state, and local compensatory programs and services. The course offers a holistic perspective of the range of human experience of special needs students, attitudes of individuals and society toward these individuals, and strategies for building a sense of classroom community to engage all students in meeting academic and interpersonal goals. In addition, this course provides opportunities for learning about collaborative models for involving families as well as other professionals in planning for students with special needs. Participants use role playing, observation, interviewing, and group investigations to learn about interventions and accommodations appropriate for K-8 students with special needs.

EDE 325

Sustainability and the Social Sciences (4)

This course focuses on a project-based approach to teaching the social sciences while establishing opportunities for direct classroom application and transformative student learning. Emphasis is placed on the integration of the social, ecological, and economic dimensions of sustainability. Candidates learn to incorporate project-based pedagogy theory and practice and how best to implement them into classroom instruction.

EDE 370A

Content: Creative Arts Concepts (2)

This course focuses on the basic elements, principles, related concepts, and vocabulary of the creative arts. Emphasis is placed on developing the candidate's familiarity with a variety of art forms and how to integrate them into interdisciplinary lesson plans and unit plans. Candidates will be able to effectively integrate the arts into planning academic curricula for K-8 classrooms.

EDE 403

Health and Fitness Methods (2)

This course provides an understanding of the potential empowering or limiting effects of health/fitness choices and habits on quality of life, health, and lifespan. Topics include exploration into health-related topics as well as candidate development of teaching skills necessary for effective health education and application of physical activities that promote fitness in the K-8 student learning environment.

EDE 433

Content: Mathematics I (4)

EDE 433 is the first of two courses that examine theoretical perspectives on mathematics education and methods of teaching and learning mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels. Candidates acquire and demonstrate practical experience in the understanding of the mathematics concepts and methods taught in grades K-8. In this course, candidates investigate various teaching strategies to motivate children, explore what it means to know and do mathematics, to solve problems, to use assessment to inform instruction, and to teach math equitably to all children.

EDE 439

Content: Mathematics II (4)

EDE 439 is the second of two math methods courses that examine theoretical perspectives on mathematics education and methods of teaching and learning mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels. Candidates acquire and demonstrate practical experience in the understanding of the mathematics concepts and methods taught in grades K-8. In this second course, candidates investigate various teaching strategies to motivate students, explore what it means to know and do mathematics, to solve problems, to use assessment to inform instruction, and to teach math equitably to all children.

EDU 32

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (4)

This course guides teacher certification candidates to demonstrate competency in inquiry-based approach to teaching STEM that emphasizes problem solving and hands-on learning. Participants apply the cycle of inquiry to the essential components of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: concepts, knowledge, understanding, skills, reasoning, product development, and dispositions. The course provides opportunities for direct classroom application and transformative student learning.

EDU 390

Endorsement Practicum for Certified Teachers (1)

In the endorsement practicum, certified teachers seeking an Elementary Education K-8 or P-12 special education endorsement will demonstrate effective integration, instructional strategies, and assessments for specific endorsement content areas. During the practicum, candidates exhibit essential dispositions; demonstrate skill in planning, engagement, assessment, and reflection upon student learning; and collect evidence of performance that connects with current state standards. Through successful completion of the practicum, candidates demonstrate endorsement competencies required for teacher certification with an Elementary Education K-8 or P-12 Special Education endorsement. This course provides field experiences required to meet state requirements for adding additional endorsement(s) to a teaching certificate. Prerequisite: Pass state required endorsement test(s) and prior departmental approval.

EDU 404A

Content: Student Assessment & Evaluation (3)

This course is a required foundations course for all candidates in the Bachelor of Arts in Education Teacher Preparation Program. The course focuses on the usage of assessment in educational decision making as well as formative and summative classroom assessment and the necessary foundations, strategies, and understandings to assess and evaluation student learning and promote student self-assessment. Emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to make data-driven decisions and how these decisions impact instruction, curriculum, and services. Practical application of this knowledge will enable the candidate to use assessment in making placement and instructional decisions as well as assist students in the classroom in monitoring and assess their own learning. Prerequisite: Per program plan or plan of study

ERL 436

Literacy Instruction and Assessment I (4)

This is the first of three courses in the literacy sequence for the undergraduate Teacher Certification Program. This course provides a foundation for literacy instruction. Topics include reading and writing instruction, response to literature, language acquisition, construction of meaning/comprehension, and strategies for English language learners. Candidates learn strategies for literacy instruction, which can be used with all learners. Prerequisite: Per program plan, plan of study, or approval of permission of program director

ERL 438

Literacy Instruction and Assessment II (4)

The second of three courses in the literacy sequence for the undergraduate Teacher Certification Program, this course examines a variety of assessment and instructional strategies. Topics include reading comprehension strategies, informational text, complex text, text density, writing and alignment with state standards. Upon completion of this course, candidates are able to effectively assess and teach literacy skills for K-8 students. Course Entry Requirement: Admission to BA in Education program. Course Entry Recommended: ERL 436.

ERL 440

Language Arts and Literacy Integration (4)

This is the last of three courses in the literacy sequence for the undergraduate evidence, evaluate interventions, and become an effective researcher. Overall, the systematic collection of data is used to document positive impact on student learning. Note: Please see note on ERL 508.

ESP 423

Curriculum Modifications and Adaptation (2)

This course provides educators with the pedagogical foundations, strategies, and understanding to successfully modify and provide curriculum adaptations within the learning environment for the special needs of exceptional students. Coursework and class activities include topics on classroom arrangements, adaptive equipment, grouping, scheduling, homework materials selection, classroom management accommodations, effective delivery, and adaptation of subject content, as well as ways to foster student social competence and self-determination.

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

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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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