Bachelor of Arts in Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

Completing the Bachelor of Arts in Education program along with meeting state requirements leads to a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate with Elementary (K-8) Endorsement as well as the degree.

As part of your program, you can choose between three additional endorsements:

  • English Language Learning
  • Middle-Level Mathematics
  • Special Education

The program is designed to prepare skilled teachers who can develop curricula and modify it based on student needs, assess students’ learning and their social and civic development, and work collaboratively with colleagues and the community.

Application process

Priority application deadline is February 1. The B.A. in Education program begins once each year in late June.​

For more information, including information about transferring, email the academic coordinator, Dan Overbay, or call 360-546-9673.

Admission requirements

Admission is selective. For more information, see the B.A. in Education Handbook (PDF).

Our goal is to prepare the best teachers possible. Meeting the following admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • Completion of WSU University Core Requirements or General Education Requirements and education-specific requirements (see the B.A. in Education Program Guide for a detailed list) (PDF).
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average, as determined by the Admissions Office.
  • Passage of WEST-B exam (or qualifying scores on the SAT/ACT).
  • 80 hours of supervised experience with K-12 children. Must be completed by Jan. 15 application deadline and must have occurred within three years of the program start date.

Note: Pullman and Tri-Cities B.A. in Education students who wish to transfer to WSU Vancouver must observe the following:

  • Submit written notification to the WSU Vancouver program no later than Jan. 15. Any notification received after that will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses and passing WEST-B/SAT/ACT scores by the time the program begins in the summer session.

Program requirements

A minimum of 120 semester credits is required to earn the B.A. in Education degree. For detailed requirements, see the handbooks.

Graduate studies

Students may also complete a Master in Teaching with Elementary Certification degree to continue their studies in elementary education.