Great teachers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and undergraduate degree paths. Whether you’ve been envisioning this career for years or just starting to imagine yourself as a teacher, the School of Education at UW Tacoma is here to provide you with the pathways to begin a rewarding career!
Washington State needs qualified teachers. We especially need teachers who reflect the growing diversity of students in our classrooms. Competitive starting salaries with local districts average $65,000 with added financial incentives of $6,000-$10,000 for completing your master’s degree.
Our Teacher Credential Programs:
Focus on the whole child: academic and socio-emotional well-being
Emphasize equity and inclusion pedagogies always
Promote family/community and school partnerships for learning
Develop ethical advocates for diverse children, youth and families
Teacher Credential Program Benefits:
Supportive faculty and staff
Multiple endorsement options
High need or shortage area credentials
Strong reputation with school districts
About the degree
The Bachelor of Arts in Education focuses on preparing ethical and reflective educators who transform learning, contribute to the community, exemplify professionalism, and promote diversity and justice in K-12 education. The program of study includes coursework and fieldwork in partner K-12 districts to merge cutting-edge research and theory with practice. Unique aspects of this program are the explicit integration of anti-racist, decolonizing, equity-centric, and inclusive pedagogies and practices, as well as partnering with communities, families/guardians, and school personnel to support a culturally responsive, holistic, and rigorous education for diverse learners.
This program will prepare students to be recommended for Washington State Residency Teacher Certification in Elementary Education Endorsement and a required choice of a concentration in a high- demand area, a second endorsement, in either Special Education or Teaching English Language Learners. Successful completion of all program and state requirements will prepare students to begin a career as a classroom teacher upon graduation.
OPTION 1: SPECIAL EDUCATION DUAL ENDORSEMENT
UW Tacoma’s School of Education prepares you to enter the teaching profession ready to support students with a wide range of special needs, exceptionalities and learning differences in both special education and general education inclusion settings. We train teachers in specially designed instruction and research-based inclusion strategies to meet the multiple learning and social-emotional needs of diverse children and youth.
OPTION 2: ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL) DUAL ENDORSEMENT
We prepare you to support English language learners across language proficiency levels in all content areas. The School of Education trains teachers for this diverse and fast-growing, high-need population by focusing on language growth, dual-language maintenance, academic development and socio-emotional well-being. We provide culturally/linguistically responsive and research-based curriculum and instruction in both coursework and field placements.