Deadlines and Application Timeline

Deadline #1:
December 1, 2022 – Current PLU students with 50+ credits as of fall term of sophomore year

Deadline #2:
February 17, 2023 – Current PLU students & Transfer students

Applications received after February 17, 2023 will be reviewed based on availability.

Application Process


  • Admission Specific Courses (with C grade or better) 
    • 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
  • 60 Semester Credits (junior status by start of program)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75


  • Teacher Certification Specific Courses (with C grade or better)
    • Math 124: Modern Elementary Mathematics II
    • MUSI 341: Music for Classroom Teachers 
    • KINS 322: Physical Education in the Elementary School
    • Elementary Education majors are required to take one Life Science (Biology) and one Physical Science (Chemistry, Geoscience, or Physics). At least one of these courses must have a Lab component. List of Approved Sciences at PLU

Applying to BAE Program:

  • Application (Google Form linked) 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Applicants are responsible for distributing the recommendation form which is linked)
    • One specific to work with young people (tutoring, childcare, camp counselor, classroom support, etc.) 
    • One specific to your academics (College/University)
  • 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.
  • Test Scores: Passing WEST-B Scores (240 cut score) or equivalent SAT/ACT Scores

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.

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Deadlines and Application Timeline

Applications are on rolling basis after the following two priority deadlines:
Priority Deadline #1:
November 1st
Interviews: November 27 -December 1
Notification: End of December

Priority Deadline #2:
February 1st (also deadline for scholarship and fellowship applications)
Interviews: February 26 -March 2
Notification: End of March

*We continue to accept applications for the Alternative Routes option through May 15th, however we will give priority to applications received by the deadlines.