Teaching Degrees in Washington

Getting a good teacher education from an approved program is an essential first step toward Washington teacher certification. Some of the largest and most prominent public universities in the state have Washington teacher education and licensure programs, and many of them offer unique opportunities for students interested in teaching in particular subject areas. These schools also usually have offices for handling questions about how students may receive a teaching license. Some of these universities include Washington State University, the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, and Central Washington University. Read on for descriptions of these schools, including selectivity and specialized teacher education programs, as well as any distinctive features of the school.

University of Washington

The University of Washington only provides undergraduate degree programs in early childhood and family studies. For those interested in becoming educators who already have undergraduate degrees, the school also offers a master’s degree in teaching which leads to an elementary or secondary Washington teacher license, as well as other graduate degree programs for students who wish to receive higher pay as teachers. The University of Washington offers leadership and professional development opportunities for students who wish to gain additional administrative credentials. The school is fairly selective, with less than 60% of applicants receiving admission to the school.

Washington State University

The College of Education at Washington State University provides a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students interested in teaching in different subject areas. In addition to its basic teacher education program, the school also offers degree programs in sport management, athletic training, and health science through its College of Education. Like many teaching schools in Washington, the school offers robust support for those pursuing teaching licenses, well beyond the basic residency certificate acquired by students who complete educator preparation programs. The school is somewhat selective, with about 70% of students who apply receiving admission.

Central Washington University

The College of Education and Professional Studies at Central Washington University offers degrees in early childhood and elementary education for students interested in receiving a Washington teaching license. The college also has an office which handles certification questions and basic testing scores for those pursuing Washington teaching certification. The school also offers language, special education, and public health education programs for those interested in teaching in these specialized fields. The school is less selective than other Washington universities, accepting more than 80% of applicants for admission.

Eastern Washington University

The education program at Eastern Washington University offers elementary, middle, and secondary education programs for students interested in teaching at any level of education in Washington. The program also builds in the costs of fingerprinting, testing, and other necessary steps for certification, streamlining the education degree process for students who wish to begin teaching as soon as they have completed their teaching degree programs. The program also requires three academic quarters of field experience and one quarter of full-time student teaching, ensuring students have the necessary experience to succeed in education. The school is not particularly selective, and admits about 82% of students yearly.

Bates Technical College

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1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 680-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Bellevue College

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3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
(425) 564-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Central Washington University

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400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Clark College

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1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663-3598
(360) 992-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Eastern Washington University

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526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004-2496
(509) 359-6200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Gonzaga University

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E 502 Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258-0001
(509) 328-4220

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Green River Community College

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12401 SE 320th St
Auburn, WA 98092-3622
(253) 833-9111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Heritage University

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3240 Fort Rd
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 865-8500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Lower Columbia College

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1600 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632-0310
(360) 442-2311

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Northwest University

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5520 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
(425) 822-8266

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Pacific Lutheran University

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1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
(253) 531-6900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

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9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
(253) 964-6500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Saint Martin's University

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5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
(360) 491-4700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Seattle Central College

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1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 934-3800

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Seattle Pacific University

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3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
(206) 281-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Seattle University

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900 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122-4340
(206) 296-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

South Seattle College

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6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106-1499
(206) 934-5300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Spokane Falls Community College

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3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, WA 99224-5288
(509) 533-3500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

University of Puget Sound

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1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416
(253) 879-3100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters
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