Undergraduate Teacher Program

The BAE program is designed for students earning an undergraduate degree who wish to teach elementary or middle school (K-8th). The program runs during a student’s junior and senior year of college. During this time students focus on learning the base tools to become an effective educator in a classroom.  

There are 4 endorsements for students to select from: Special Education (SPED), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Reading, English Language Learners (ELL), Health and Fitness Education, Music Education. The endorsements signify what the student will be specialized to teach when they graduate from the program.

During the course of the program, students will take rigorous coursework intended to prepare them for their final spring semester when they will complete 6 weeks of student teaching which involves facilitating a classroom on their own. Before the final spring semester, students will complete a set number of hours in “practicum”. Practicum is time that each student spends within a classroom learning first hand from a current teacher.  

Interested in Learning More?

Email educ@plu.edu to schedule an appointment with an adviser or learn about our upcoming information sessions.

Program Overview

  • Total Credits: 68-70
  • Program Length: 2 years (junior and senior year)
  • Program Start: Fall Semester
  • Program Options: Elementary Education with a minimum of one additional endorsement in one of the following areas: Special Education, English Language Learners, Reading, or Early Childhood Special Education.  P12 Health/Fitness or P12 Music are available as degree programs from the Kinesiology and Music departments.
  • Example Program Schedule
  • Program FAQ
  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Application Information

Please return all application materials to the Education Department in Hauge Administration Building Room 121.

Deadlines: Priority deadline December 1 for current PLU students with 50 credits or more and February 24 for current PLU and  Transfer Students to guarantee consideration.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • Grades of C or better in Psychology 101, Math 123, and Writing 101 or equivalent
  • Junior status/60+ credits (by start of program)

Application Components

  • Application
  • Passing (240) WEST-B Scores or equivalent SAT/ACT Score (Certification candidates only)
  • Two letters of recommendation: Include one specific to your work with young people.  Direct recommenders to this page and link.
  • Application Essay: Explain your views on the role of education in society and your reasons for wanting to enter the teaching profession.  Indicate how your talents, skills, and experiences might contribute to the community.  500-750 words

Transfer students must also apply and be accepted to PLU. Click here for more information about transferring to the PLU education program.

The admissions committee will review all applications at the deadline .  If selected for an interview you will be contacted with instructions to call and reserve an interview time.

Outreach Education Major

The Outreach Education major is designed for candidates interested in preparing for educational jobs outside the traditional school classroom setting such as: museums, environmental groups, community performance outreach, performing arts organizations and other non-school groups. The course of study includes: content related to their area of interest; educational theory and methods classes; and courses designed to explore educational job opportunities along with the general tools needed to bridge community educational resources with schools and other venues. Senior year experiences will include job shadows in a variety of community venues followed by a project based internship in their area of interest and expertise.