DIRECT ADMISSION TO EDUCATION

The Department of Education offers direct admission for the Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE), Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (BME), and Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (BAK) Health/Fitness Certification programs.

The PLU Education Department does not require a separate application for our teacher certification programs. Your application to PLU is also your application for direct admission to Education. When you apply to PLU (it’s free to apply), list the teacher program that interests you most as your intended major:

  • Elementary Education (K-8)
  • Music Education (K-12)
  • Kinesiology: Health/Fitness Certification (PE, K-12)
  • Interested in teaching high school? We recommend you major in your area of interest, then earn your teaching certification as part of the PLU Master’s program. This 4+1 option is available at PLU for most subjects.

First Year Direct Admission

First year students directly admitted to Education and who meet the following academic and Washington state requirements will be guaranteed a spot in their respective teacher certification program beginning the fall of their junior year (If you are a Transfer or Running Start student, please review the Transfer & Running Start section):

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • 60 Semester Credits (junior status by start of program).
  • Pre-requisite courses (with C grade or better)
    • Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology
    • Writing 101: Writing Seminar
    • Math 123: Modern Elementary Mathematics I
      • Music Education & Health/Fitness Certification students do not have to take this Math 123 course
  • WEST-B (Basic Skills Test for Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) or equivalent SAT/ACT Score (Official SAT/ACT scores must be sent to PLU. Equivalent scores are based on test date.)
    • SAT: Reading 500 or 27, Math 515 or 27.5, Writing 490 or 28
    • ACT: Reading 22, Math 22, Writing 8 or 23
    • PLU is test-optional (SAT & ACT) for admission to the university and direct admission to Education

Transfer & Running Start Direct Admission

If you are interested in transferring directly into the PLU Education program, you must complete a direct transfer associate degree (AA-DTA Washington, AAOT Oregon, AA-T or AS-T California) and the following prerequisites before you officially begin the PLU Education program:

  • Cumulative college-level GPA of at least 2.75
  • 60 Semester Credits (junior status will be fulfilled by the AA-DTA).
  • Prerequisite equivalent courses (with C grade or better) to
    • Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology
    • Writing 101: Writing Seminar
    • Math 123: Modern Elementary Mathematics I
  • WEST-B (Basic Skills Test for Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) or equivalent SAT/ACT Score (Official SAT/ACT scores must be sent to PLU. Equivalent scores are based on test date.)
    • SAT: Reading 500 or 27, Math 515 or 27.5, Writing 490 or 28
    • ACT: Reading 22, Math 22, Writing 8 or 23
    • PLU is test-optional (SAT & ACT) for admission to the university and direct admission to Education

If you are a Transfer or Running Start student interested in direct admission to Education and have not completed an AA-DTA and/or have not completed the above prerequisites, you may still enroll at PLU and complete your Education prerequisite courses as a Lute. You will still be guaranteed a spot in the Education program in the fall of your junior academic year as long as you have completed the above Education prerequisites.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

MUSIC EDUCATION

HEALTH & FITNESS EDUCATION

MASTER'S IN EDUCATION

FAQs

What Education Endorsements does PLU offer?

All Bachelor of Arts in Education students earn an Elementary Education Endorsement. They will also specialize in one of the following additional endorsements:

  • Reading (P-12)
  • English Language Learners (P-12)
  • Special Education (P-12)

For candidates interested in Health & Fitness Education or Music Education, we offer:

  • Health & Fitness (P-12)
  • Music Education (P-12)

All of these endorsements signify what the student will be specialized to teach when they graduate from the program.

What is the WEST-B and how do I take it?

  • All Washington teacher candidates are required to take the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B) for admission into a teacher preparation program. The assessment includes three sub-tests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
  • More information about registration, cost, and preparation materials are available on the Washington Education Skills Tests website.

What if I'm interested in teaching high school?

If you’re planning on teaching high school music or PE, our Music Education and Health & Fitness certifications cover grades P-12.

If you plan to teach another high school subject, we highly recommend you major in your area of interest, then earn your teaching certification as part of the PLU Master’s program. This 4+1 option is available at PLU for most subjects.

Where can I find Transfer Equivalency Guides for the prerequisite courses?

You’ll find transfer equivalency guide options on our transfer credits webpage.