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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 211Intro to and Foundations of Education
PSYC 217Psychology of Learning and Development
ENGL 121 & 122

College Writing (B- average required)

No grade lower than a C is acceptable.

MATH 112 & 113Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (elementary certification)
MATH 105 or higherMath with Applications (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 October 4, 2017