Declare an Education Minor - Pathway to Becoming a Teacher

If you are considering the Teacher Certification Program after you complete your bachelor's degree at UW Tacoma, there are benefits to including the Education minor in your undergraduate plan. This minor is offered by Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences but is open to all undergraduate students at UW Tacoma.

The Education Minor offers:

Pathway to Becoming a Teacher 

  • Provisional admission decision option with automatic admission to our Teacher Certification Program without an interview.

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Submit complete application to the Teacher Certification Program by the priority application deadline, third Friday in February for summer - only start.
    • Complete the Education Minor by the time the Teacher Certification program begins in summer quarter - all Education Minor courses must be completed with a grade of 2.7 or higher.
    • Enroll in TEDUC 490 and request a Replacement for Education Program Interview document from your professor and s/he must be willing to submit this form on your behalf by the priority deadline.
    • Have a cumulative average of 3.0 for last 90 credits of undergraduate study; 1) at the time of priority deadline, and; 2) maintain 3.0 through remainder of undergraduate studies.

    Completion of the Education Minor (2.7 grade or higher in all courses) will guarantee completion of the prerequisite coursework for the K-8 with English Language Learner (ELL) or K-8 with K-12 Special Education Teacher Certification Programs (see program website for Secondary Certification prerequisite coursework).

    K-8 with English Language Learner (ELL) or K-8 with K-12 Special Education Teacher Certification Program Prerequisite coursework and course requirements:

    • Two (2) writing intensive courses (e.g. English composition and literature)
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Completion of the Education Minor will guarantee completion of 40 hours of documented experience in a school setting, which is an admission requirement to our Teacher Certification Program.
    • Two of the required Education Minor courses, TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (2.7 grade or higher and must have been taken in academic year 2012-13,  or later, to qualify), will count as equivalent courses for two of the courses within our Teacher Certification Program, TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501, respectively*

    Who do I contact?

    • Questions about the Education Minor, please contact Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Education Minor Coordinator Dr. Tony Perone, Lecturer
    • Declare an Education Minor, contact your undergraduate advisor in the Academic Advising Center
    • Information about Teacher Certification programs, it is highly recommend you attend an Information Session held by the Education Program, Pre-admission Advisor, Carla Van Rossum

    *If not taken as part of the minor, TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (2.7 grade or higher), will still count as equivalent courses for TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501