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Education

Teachers are dedicated to meeting the learning needs of our nation's most precious resources, our children. The role of a teacher is one of the most recognized and appreciated careers in our society. Teachers share their knowledge and their passion for learning on a daily basis. They encourage students to feel good about themselves while supporting and guiding them toward realization and fulfillment of their dreams. Individually there are few rewards greater than seeing students excited about a topic and growing in competence. Watching students mature, and achieve success, while knowing you have a part, is just one of the many rewards of teaching.

Teacher candidates at Eastern Washington University are personally guided through the most challenging and comprehensive education preparation program in the State of Washington. Our faculty and staff are among the most dedicated and nationally recognized professionals in the field of Education.

What are the degree options?

Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE)

We prepare teachers to teach at the elementary and secondary level in compliance with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

To obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree, a candidate must satisfy the General Education Requirements (GERs), Professional Education Program requirements and major/minor fields of study requirements of Eastern Washington University.

Master of Education (MED)

Master of Education degrees are available to certified teachers who wish to continue their education in one of the following areas of emphasis:  Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy, or Early Childhood Education.   Non-certified candidates may pursue an MEd with an emphasis in Adult Education, Educational Foundations/Interdisciplinary or Early Childhood Education.  Please note:  The Early Childhood Education GRADUATE options are on hiatus until Fall 2015.  No new GRADUATE admissions until then.

For more information contact Robin Showalter.

Other Certification Options

Master in Teaching (MIT)

A program designed for those candidates who desire an MEd degree and a Washington residency teaching certificate. Candidates may pursue MIT Secondary (5-12) or MIT Elementary (K-8).

For more information contact Dr. Jane Liu.

Certification Only - Post Baccalaureate

Students who already hold a bachelor's degree can pursue Washington residency teaching certification as a post-baccalaureate student.

Residency Principal Certification

Candidates can complete a residency principal certification through an educational leadership master's degree program. For those candidates that already hold a master's degree in an educational field, a post-baccalaureate certificate option is available.

For more information contact Dr. Lance Potter.

What can I do with my degree?

Graduates with a BAE degree and State of Washington Residency Certification may teach at the appropriate grade/subject level in public or private schools.

Certificated teachers may pursue a master's degree to advance their knowledge in the Education field and with their district.

Non-certificated master's graduates may pursue adult education and associated positions in the public or private sector.

Education graduates may be eligible for education related positions in business and industry in the public or private sector.

Recruiters on the EWU campus frequently ask for Education majors to interview for their jobs due to the Education majors' outstanding communication and teaching skills which apply to many areas of business

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