P–12 Certification

Foundations Quarter

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

All Foundations courses must be passed with a 3.0 (“B”) average and no grade lower than a 2.0 (“C”).

Foundations prerequisites include:

  • Official admission to SPU.
  • Sophomore standing (45 credits).
  • Minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA or 3.0 GPA in last 30 credits.
  • Completed paperwork to start a School of Education file (contact the Education office to obtain paperwork).
  • Registered for EDU 2100 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 score on the Washington state basic skills tests (WEST-B), Washington state educators’ endorsement test (WEST-E/NES), and transcript evaluation by the School of Education.

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.

Students 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 only offered 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.
    • P-12 Music students: Please see the School of Education at least one year before scheduled methods quarter to begin this paperwork. 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or 3.3 in last 45 credits.
  • 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 grade of  2.0 (“C”) or better.
  • Pass EDU 4530 with a grade of 2.0 (“C”) or better.
  • Fingerprint and pre-residency clearance completed.
  • Official passing score on the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B) testing requirement for teachers or official ACT/SAT 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 (offered winter-spring).

A minimum 3.0 ("B") average is required for both internships.

Integrated and Internship prerequisites include:

  • Successful completion of the Methods quarter with no grade lower than a 2.0 ("C"). Methods lab must be passed with a grade of 2.0 ("B") or higher.
  • Completion of 15 upper-division credits in major.
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.3 in the last 45 credits throughout both quarters.
  • A passing score on the appropriate Washington educator skills endorsement test(s).
  • Official passing score(s) on the appropriate Washington Educator Skills-Endorsement (WEST-E/NES) test(s) for each endorsement earned
    • 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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