2020-2021 Catalog

Education, Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Education program prepares teacher candidates who make a positive impact on student learning based on student needs and in relation to state learning standards. Candidates continuously improve their performance by refining their skills as reflective practitioners through course work and field experiences; by working collaboratively with colleagues, families, and community resources; and by engaging in career-long professional development. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree, initial teacher certification, endorsement in Elementary Education (K-8) or Special Education (P-12), and may opt to complete a second endorsement in Elementary Education (K-8), Special Education P-12), English Language Learners (P-12), Middle Level Mathematics (4-9), Reading (P-12), or Early Childhood Education (P-3).

The B.A. In Education will prepare students to:

  • Develop engaging lesson plans that align with state standards, accurate assessments, and appropriate supports to meet the needs and engage all students.
  • Establish an effective learning environment and use a variety of instructional tools and strategies to meet the needs of and engage all students.
  • Use a variety of assessments to monitor student learning, collect evidence of positive impact and growth, and adjust instruction based on assessment data and reflective practice.
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes, skills, and growth to improve teaching practice and further the field of education.
  • Develop positive relationships with students, families, and communities to foster civic and social engagement.


In addition to City University of Seattle's undergraduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, students in this program must also meet the requirements listed below:


Required Prerequisites

General requirements are listed below. Please speak to an advisor for detailed transfer requirements

Lower - Division Requirements (Prerequisites)

College Writing 5 Credits
College Composition II (ENG 102)
Humanities 20 Credits
College Composition all others
Oral Communications - Speech
Creative Arts I
Social Sciences 15 Credits
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
US History or World Civilization
Natural Sciences/Math 20 Credits
Life Science
Physical Science
Natural Science Elective
College Mathematics
Math for Elementary Teachers **
Academic Content Area: HU, SS or NS *** 30 Credits
Theory & Practice in Education 1 Credit

** This Program requires MAT 252 (Math for Elementary Teachers) or higher.

***A minimum of 30 credits are required in one academic area. Choose humanities, social science or natural science/math and includes credits from prerequisites.


Bachelor of Arts Education additional admission submission requirements:

  1. Applicants must complete an interview with administrative faculty and must submit the following:
    1. Completion of each section of the Washington Educators Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B) or passing State-approved test for Math, Reading, and Writing
    2. Resume/CV
    3. Three professional reference letters

Alternative Routes (may be connected to a degree/or non degree seeking)

Applicants to one of the Alternative Route programs must also meet the criteria above for the Bachelor of Arts Education and following criteria for a Route listed below:


Route 1:

A transferable associate degree, or associate degree, or associate of applied science, or ninety quarter credits or the equivalent in semester credits from an accredited institution of higher education;

District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of student interaction and leadership.

Route 2:

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education;

District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of student interaction and leadership.

Routes 3 and 4:

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and

External validation of qualifications, including demonstrated experience with students or children, such as reference letters and letters of support from previous employers.

Note: Applicants for alternative route programs who are eligible veterans or National Guard members and who meet the entry requirements for the alternative route program for which application is made shall be given preference.

(Policy #2100.08)