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Phase I: Exploring the Teaching Profession

Phase I (pre-candidacy) is designed to acquaint students with the teaching profession before they are officially accepted into the Teacher Certification Program (TCP).  

Among the required pre-candidacy courses are opportunities to spend considerable time observing, evaluating, and helping in a school classroom setting. These experiences give students practical knowledge about what it means to be a teacher before they formally apply to the teacher-certification program. Pre-candidacy courses include:

EDUC 211Introduction to and Foundations of Education
PSYC 217Psychology of Learning and Development
SPED 210Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms
ENGL 121 & 122College Writing (B- average required)
MATH 112 & 113Math for Elementary Teachers (elementary certification)
MATH 105 or higherFinite Mathematics (secondary certification)
WEST-B ExamThe Washington Educator Skills Test measures reading, math, and writing skills and is based on the basic skills and understanding required for teachers to be successful in their teacher preparation programs. See

When students complete Phase I, they are ready to formally apply for Phase II of the TCP.

Last update on September 4, 2018