To gain an Elementary endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways.

Before your admission to the M.A.T. program, you need to complete Elementary coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program, you will complete coursework and have school-based placements to prepare you to teach at the Elementary level.

1. CONTENT PREPARATION

One part of preparing to teach Elementary is developing foundational knowledge in the core academic subject areas of English, Maths, Science, and Social Studies. Though it is not required, we highly recommend taking at least one undergraduate course in each of these core areas. Suggested courses include:

  • Coursework in English. Be sure to include courses that make use of the writing process.
  • Coursework in Mathematics.
  • Coursework in Science.
  • Coursework in History &/or Social Studies.

2. TESTING

You must pass the two-part National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in Elementary Education and submit scores from an approved basic skills test. No specific passing score is required for basic skills. Scores are used as a formative instrument to determine a candidate's basic reading, writing, and mathematics skill level.

  BASIC SKILLS TESTING CONTENT AREA TESTING
ELEMENTARY

TEST: WEST–B or Alternative*

Math, Reading, & Writing

TESTS: NES 102 & 103

Elementary Education Subtests I & II

*Out-of-state applicants may substitute either the PRAXIS I or CBEST for the WEST-B. Additionally, scores from the SAT or ACT after 2005 may be used to meet the basic skills requirement.
 

3. SCHOOL-BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK

During the academic year, you will complete teaching methods coursework and Elementary school-based experiences. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during the spring semester.

For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.