Transition to Teaching

About

The Transition to Teaching Program provides formal instruction and certification for individuals who are currently employed in a Washington State K-12 school, or individuals with a degree who desire to become full-time teachers. Our alternative-route program allows you to build upon previous education and work experience to reduce the time and cost of the program. We offer four routes to certification. Coursework depends on the route you choose and your previous studies.

For further information or questions, please contact the Program Director, Jan Hartmann, at altroute@ewu.edu or 509.638.9548, or the Program Coordinator, Joe Jones, at altroute@ewu.edu.

Resources for Current Students


How to Apply

If you are seeking enrollment in the Transition to Teaching Program and are not currently an EWU student, this application will allow you to apply to both the university and the Program. If you are currently an EWU student and are seeking enrollment in this Program, please complete the same application. If you are currently residing in the United States under a Visa, please contact our Program Coordinator, Joe Jones, at jjones169@ewu.edu for guidance.

  1. Access the application page below.
  2. Select “Log in” if you are a returning EWU student and have previously applied to the University. Select “Create an account” if you are applying for the first time.
    • You will be prompted to provide log in credentials if you are a returning user, or to set up an account and log in credentials if you are a first time applicant.
    • If you are a returning student and have forgotten your log in credentials, please contact the EWU helpdesk at 509-359-2247 for assistance.
  3. Complete the application being sure to make the following selections:
    • Select “Summer 2021 (June)” when asked “When do you want to start taking classes?”
    • Select “Transition to Teaching” when prompted to provide “Your Intended Major.” (Please note it is important to select “Transition to Teaching” so that your application will be received by our program personnel.)
    • Select your preferred location for face-to-face coursework from the options provided. At this time all work will remain online through summer 2021; please make a selection for once face-to-face coursework can resume.
      • Cheney (EWU’s main campus).
      • Wenatchee and Moses Lake (meetings will alternate between these two locations).
      • Walla Walla
  4. Submit your application and we will be in contact, soon!

Access Application


Choose Your Route:

  • Route 1: For classified instructional employees (e.g., paraeducators) with associate’s degrees. Provides K-8 certification with optional SPED, Bilingual, or ELL endorsement available.
  • Route 2: For classified staff with bachelor’s degrees. Provides K-8 certification.
  • Route 3: For “career-changers” with bachelor’s degrees.
  • Route 4: For district staff with bachelor’s degrees employed on conditional or emergency certificates. Provides K-8 certification.

Application Requirements Based on Route:

Routes 1, 2, & 4
  1. If you are employed with either of our partner school districts, ESD 171 or Spokane Public Schools, begin the application process. If you are employed by another district, please begin by contacting us at altroute@ewu.edu.
  2. Discuss the possibilities of participation in our program with your supervisor and district.
  3. Complete the Transition to Teaching application. The application has been combined with the Eastern Washington University general admission application; your submission will be reviewed by both the university admission’s office and our program.
    If you are already an EWU student, please contact us as there is an alternate admission process.
Route 3
  1. Please contact the Program Coordinator, Joe Jones, at altroute@ewu.edu. You will be provided with the next steps for applying to the program and securing a field placement.
  2. Contact local K-8 schools in your area and discuss possibilities of participation in our program.
  3. Complete the Transition to Teaching application. The application has been combined with the Eastern Washington University general admission application; your submission will be reviewed by both the university admission’s office and our program.
    If you are already an EWU student, please contact us as there is an alternate admission process.

Application Due Dates

  • The Transition to Teaching program accepts yearly admission. The application will be available for the 2021-2022 school year beginning January 1, 2021.
  • Application materials must be completed by April 3, 2021.
  • If you plan on applying for financial aid, we recommend submitting all application materials by February 15. 
  • Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information. Complete applications for quarterly admission are due in the Graduate Studies Office no fewer than three weeks before the start of classes for the intended enrollment term.

Select Your Route

Route 1 is for classified instructional employees with an associate’s degree, looking to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Education as well as certification for Washington State. It can be completed in seven quarters with optional SPED or ELL endorsements available.

Route 2 is for classified staff with a bachelor’s degree, looking to receive certification. It can be completed in four quarters.

Route 3 is for “career changers” with a bachelor’s degree, looking to receive certification. It can be completed in four quarters.

Note: It is not necessary to be currently employed for this option.

Route 4 is for district staff with a bachelor’s degree employed on conditional or emergency certificates, looking to receive certification. It can be completed in four quarters.

Curriculum & Requirements

Transition to Teaching, Bachelor of Arts in Education, (BAE)

This is an alternative-route program. This competency based program has a five to seven quarter sequence with options for early exit when competencies are met. 

Required Courses
EDUC 280FOUNDATIONAL METHODS IN EDUCATION12-18
EDUC 387LITERACY AND SPECIALIST METHODS12-18
EDUC 388ELEMENTARY CORE METHODS12-18
EDUC 404EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS AND CLASSROOM APPLICATION9-12
EDUC 428STUDENT TEACHING MODULE18
Total Credits63-84

Catalog Listing

Frequently Asked Questions

The estimated cost for four quarters is $15,702.48 beginning the 2020-2021 academic year ($3,925.62 per quarter or 18 credits).

Currently we offer Elementary, English Language Learners (ELL), Bilingual, and Special Education (SPED).

The new cohort will begin coursework during summer quarter.

The average time is two additional quarters.

This program prepares candidates for recommendation to certification in Washington State, grades K-8.

Currently, secondary certification is not available within this program.

After obtaining K-8 certification, several endorsement areas are available.

This program follows a hybrid model. Candidates will meet two times per month at a centralized location and all other coursework will be completed online.

Depending upon the location of the school, classes are held either in Spokane or alternate between Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

A candidate is encouraged to apply for financial aid, however depending upon individual circumstances they may qualify for a scholarship or grant support. If you work for one of our partner districts in ESD 171, please contact Joe Jones at altroute@ewu.edu.

EWU students may also consider a loan.

Yes, it is necessary in the State of Washington for participants in teacher certification programs to have a background check through the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fingerprint clearance is valid for two years.

For further information, please see our Certification page.

You are asked to provide the score you received on the West B, or the score you received on the ACT or SAT if any portion of the West B was waived.

If you do not have the scores available, you may leave the test scores blank. You will be contacted by a program administrator for guidance in obtaining your scores and sending the results to Eastern Washington University’s Admission Office.

In addition to the scores provided on the admission application, you are required to provides official results. Please note that the following cannot be considered as official results:

  • The scores entered in your admission application.
  • Photocopies.
  • Screenshots or images.
  • Results sent to you by mail.
  • Results where the designated recipient is not a school counselor.

Official results must be sent to EWU Admission’s Office directly by the testing facility or a school counselor. Please contact the school you attended or the testing facility and request that they send the official results.