Elementary Certification

Integrated Studies major

Students planning to receive Elementary Teacher Certification must select the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in one of the areas listed below. The Integrated Studies major is a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences. You will be assigned a major advisor based on your concentration. 

Foundations Quarter

The following Foundations prerequisites apply to EDU 2300. It is recommended that students take EDU 2100 concurrently with EDU 2300 whenever possible.

Foundations prerequisites include:

  • Official admission to SPU.
  • Sophomore standing (45 credits).
  • Minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA or 3.0 GPA in last 30 credits or higher.
  • Completed paperwork to start a School of Education file (contact the Education office to obtain paperwork).
  • Registered for EDU 2100 in the same quarter as EDU 2300 or must have completed EDU 2100.
  • “Foundations” appointment with the certification advisor completed or scheduled and confirmed.
  • Post-baccalaureate students only: Passing scores on the Washington state basic skills test (WEST-B), Washington state educators’ endorsement test (WEST-E/NES), and transcript evaluation by the School of Education.

Students will be required to make a Foundations advising appointment with the Certification Advisor the quarter they take EDU 2300.

Methods and skills courses

These courses may be taken independently of each other and the professional quarters. Courses must be completed prior to Methods quarter. See School of Education for more details.

You must receive a minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) or better in all methods and skills courses to be recommended for certification.

Methods Quarter

Methods Quarter is offered only Autumn Quarter. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) is required in all Methods courses. 

Methods prerequisites include:

  • Successful completion of the Foundations quarter with a 3.0 (“B”) average and no grade lower than a 2.0 (“C”).
  • Senior standing (135 credits).
  • Accepted into major.  
  • Applied to the Residency Teacher Certification program and admitted to the School of Education.  
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or 3.3 GPA in the last 45 credits.
  • Successful completion of all Core courses in the Integrated Studies major.  
  • Submit two letters of recommendation for review.
  • Receive a favorable recommendation from SPU faculty and staff.
  • Pass ENG 3301 or SPU writing requirement with a minimum GPA 2.0 ( “C”)
  • Passing EDRD 2000 with a minimum GPA 2.0 ( “C”).  
  • Fingerprint and pre-residency clearance completed.
  • Official passing scores on the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B) testing requirement for teachers or official SAT/ACT scores meeting the minimum requirement for reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Take the appropriate Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E/NES) for each endorsement being earned.

Integrated and Internship quarters

Students must take Integrated and Internship quarters sequentially in the same academic year (Winter-Spring). A minimum 3.0 GPA (“B”) is required for Elementary Internships A and B.

Integrated and Internship prerequisites include:

  • Successful completion of the Methods Quarter with no grade lower than a 2.0 (“C”).
  • Completion of 15 upper-division credits in student’s major.
  • Maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.3 in the last 45 credits throughout both quarters.
  • Official passing score(s) on the NES in Elementary Education (all subtests must be passed and official scores received by SPU). 
    • SPU should have official passing scores by September 1 for internship placement purposes.
  • Completion of EDU 3942.
  • Continued clearance of fingerprints in the OSPI database. Fingerprints must be cleared through the entire duration of your internship. 


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