Elementary Education Endorsement

Elementary Education Candidates will demonstrate a wide and diverse knowledge base which will enable them to impact student learning in K-8 classrooms across Washington state. 

Plan of Study: 

**Upon approval from SPU’s Certification Office, candidates may obtain the above coursework from any 2-4 year regionally accredited institution. Candidates may also submit a course substitution form to determine whether previously taken classes meet program requirements.

  • Arts course: Design, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater Arts, etc. (minimum one course)
  • Health/Fitness course (minimum one course)
  • English/Language Arts courses:
    • American Literature (minimum one course, preferably more)
    • Writing/Composition (minimum one course)
    • Reading/Literacy (minimum one course)
    • World Literature Non-Western (preferred but not mandatory)
  • Mathematics courses:
    • College-level Algebra (minimum one course)
    • College-level Geometry (minimum one course)
    • One additional course (preferably Probability and Statistics)
  • Science courses:
    • One lab science (minimum one course, often Biology)
    • One or more additional course: Environmental Science, Astronomy, Oceanography, Chemistry, Geology, etc.
  • Social Studies courses:
    • American History (minimum one course, preferably early American History pre-1867)
    • One or more additional course: History of the Pacific Northwest, Geography, World History, or United States Government

State Testing Requirements: scores must be electronically submitted to SPU

NES Subtest One: #102: Elementary Education

NES Subtest Two: #103: Elementary Education

Field Experience:

 EDCN 5730: Field Experience Pedagogy Assessment 

To apply to the Elementary Education Endorsement, please contact endorse@spu.edu for more information.