President Barack Obama greets Jessica Anderson, Montana, during a photo line in the Blue Room prior to an event to honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and finalists in the East Room of the White House, May 3, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Jessica Anderson '07 earns Montana teachers of the year recognition. Receives Presidential Award for Excellence

Bachelors in Education 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 additional endorsements for students to select from in addition to earning their Elementary endorsement:

Special Education (SPED)


English Language Learners (ELL)

During the course of the program, students will take rigorous coursework intended to prepare them for their final spring semester when they will complete 15 weeks of student teaching. Before the final spring semester, students will complete a set number of hours in practicum. 


*Confused about a term? Look Below for a Glossary

PLU Graduate Brian Laubach

Deputy Superintendent, Clover Park School District

“(At PLU), I was exposed to current and relevant literature on the practice of education, allowed to reflect on that in my own practice and given the space to determine how that best fit my context. I wasn’t ever told this is the way you do it, but rather provided a space to reflect with other practitioners on how to best put the current research and pedagogy into practice.”


  • December 1: for current PLU students with 50 credits or more
  • February 23: for current PLU and Transfer Students

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

Application Process

All students must complete the below Pre – Requisites before being accepted to the program.

  • 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


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. Interviews will be a combination of group discussion and one-on-one interviews with staff/ faculty. PLU will inform all applicants of admission, denial, or waitlist to the program after interviews.

PLU Transfer Homepage

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

Interactive Equivalency Guide

With this tool you can explore how classes from other colleges and universities transfer to PLU. Whether you’re thinking about applying to PLU or you’re a current student, this guide can help you plan for meeting General Education elements and specific major or minor requirements.

Direct Transfer Agreement

Transfer students who have completed a direct transfer associates degree from a Washington (DTA-AA), Oregon (AAOT) or California (IGETC) state community college enter PLU with automatic junior standing. They also are given credit for having satisfied all core and general university requirements except for four semester hours in religion, and four semester hours in diversity. Both must be taken at PLU. Transfer students who have not completed an associates degree or who seek to transfer from institutions other than these state community colleges will have their transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine the number of transferable credits and transfer GPA.

For a list of the Direct Transfer Agreement Associate Degrees, click here.

Total Credits

68 – 70

Program Length

2 years. Traditionally a candidates Junior and Senior year

Program Start

Fall Semester (September)

Program Options

All candidates earn an Elementary Education endorsement with a minimum of one additional endorsement in  Special Education, English Language Learners, Reading, or Early Childhood Special Education.

Candidates may also choose to earn a Health/ Fitness or Music endorsement through the Kinesiology or Music departments.

Example Program Schedule

Click here for a printable program schedule.

Additional Costs

  • Fingerprinting and FBI Clearance
  • WEST-B test
  • WEST-E/NES tests
  • edTPA Assessment: $300 (during student teaching)
  • Washington Teaching Certificate Application: $68


We are proud to partner with our local school districts to provide over 250 hours of in school experience for our candidates.

Small Cohort Model

Each new cohort of education candidates spend time in class building lifelong relationships. Many Alums continue to meet and even work at the same schools after graduation!

Job Rating

We are proud to hold the third-highest employment rate in the state for education majors! Our majors have been hired in more than 30 Washington school districts and internationally. Even our alums continue to succeed  with 95% of their principals saying they meet or exceed expectations after their first year.

PLU Mission Centered

The department’s core values of: Care, Competence, Leadership, Difference and Service help guide ….

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How many credits are in the program?

68 – 70 depending in candidates chosen endorsement.

How long is the program?

2 years. Traditionally a candidates junior and senior year.

When does the program start?

Fall (September) semester.

What financial aid is available?

PLU provides many opportunities to candidates to help them pay for their education.  To apply for federal financial aid please fill out the FAFSA application. To learn about other opportunities for financial aid, please visit their website or set up an appointment with a counselor here.

What are the 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)
  • Passing (240) WEST-B Scores or equivalent SAT/ACT Score

What are the Co- Requisites?

  • Grades of C or better in Math 124, Music 341, Kinesiology 322, Life Science, Physical Science, Lab or equivalent
  • Grades of B- or better in all Education (EDUC), Special Education (SPED), and Educational Psychology (EPSY) courses
  • Passing (220) NES Scores for Elementary Education endorsement
  • Passing (240) WEST-E or (220) NES Score for additional endorsement
  • Pass State Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

Which Endorsements can I earn?

Students major in Elementary Education with a minimum of one additional endorsement in one of the following areas:

  • Special Education (SPED)
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Reading
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECE/SPED)

*Incoming cohorts determine which endorsements move forward, at minimum two endorsements will be selected based upon cohort enrollment.

If you are interested in teaching middle and/or high school (secondary education), we recommend you major in the area you hope to teach and then join our 1 year Masters in Education Program.

What are the grade requirements for the program?

Each Education (EDUC), Special Education (SPED), & Education Psychology (EPSY) course counted in the Education major must be completed with at least a B-. The program requires at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA

Can I study away during this program?

Yes! The department sponsors several study abroad programs and we encourage you to examine those possibilities. The department does allow non-education J-term study away. If you are considering this option contact us so we can develop a plan to fulfill J-term endorsement classes.

Can I play sports during this program?

As our Athletic Director and our student athletes will note, competing in varsity sports while completing any major is not easy, it is doable. Coaches are committed to collaborating for the benefit of our students’ academic success. Students participating in athletics will need to plan accordingly as the BAE program sequence for junior and senior year are 13 credits in fall semester, 5 credits in J-Term, and 17 in spring semester.

Certification: Earned credentials from an authoritative source, such as the government, a higher education institution or a private source qualifying candidates to teach in Washington State.

Co- Requisite: courses or other requirements that a candidate completes once in the program to graduate.

EdTPA: Final culminating project, required by the state, for graduation from program and teacher certification.

Endorsement: The area a candidate is qualified to teach in. Similar to a major, each candidate will take specific coursework in their chosen endorsement area. Once the program is complete, students will be certified to teach in those specific areas including: elementary education, music or kinesiology.

OSPI: Stands for “Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction”. This state run offices approves all new teacher certification as well as tracking all teacher candidates: test scores, certification, etc.

Practicum: Similar to volunteer work, candidates will spend the first three semesters of the program assisting in a classroom. Candidates will serve a variety of roles including (but not limited to): leading small groups, supervising filed trips, grading, etc.

Pre- Requisite: courses and other requirements that a candidate must have completed prior to enrolling in the program.

Student Teaching: The last semester of the program candidates will take over a classroom on their own with the assistance of a cooperating teacher.  Candidates will be in charge of classroom management, lesson planning and teaching.

West B: This state required test indicates general knowledge in three sections: reading, writing, and math. All Washington state teachers must pass this test in order to receive certification. Candidates may use their SAT or ACT scores as an equivalent if there scores are high enough. (See grid to the right)

West E/ NES: This state required test indicates knowledge in a specific endorsement area.