Bachelors
(Degree and Certification)
(Degree and Certification)

A prospective teacher may choose to take teacher preparation coursework during the undergraduate degree.  The expectation of this program is that teachers take subject content courses - such as Mathematics, Art, or History - during the teacher preparation program.  Many disciplines have candidates wait to enroll in their Junior year, where others may require enrollment as early as the Freshman year.  These programs offer subject content courses on site, and not all sites or institutions offer a Bachelors program.

Candidates in Alternative Route 1 and Paraprofessional Pipeline Programs may also earn a Bachelors degree and a Residency certificate while employed as Paraprofessionals in a Washington school district.

Post Baccalaureate (Certificate)


Certificate only programs are sometimes referred to as a Post Baccalaureate Certificate or Post-Bac Cert.  A prospective teacher may choose to take teacher preparation coursework after completing an undergraduate content major. These programs are typically one year and often expect that all content courses and passage of Washington State Educator Skills Tests ( WEST-B and E) have been completed prior to enrollment.  Completion of the Certificate Only program does not include a recognized degree.

Masters in Teaching
(MIT)
(Degree and Certificate)
(Degree and Certificate)

The typical Masters in Teaching (MIT) program is designed for a candidate who has a subject content degree  and seeks to add a teaching certificate along with a Masters Degree.  Depending on the program, some are designed to be completed in as little as one year. 

Masters of Arts in Teaching
(MAT)
(Degree and Certificate)

A Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)  offers a pathway to certification for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree. In Washington, M.A.T. programs generally assume that candidates have acquired the necessary content knowledge, so the programs focus on methods, curriculum, and other education coursework needed to prepare for certification.

 Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
(Route 1 Degree and Certificate)

(Routes 2,3,4 Certificate)

(Routes 2,3,4 Certificate)

Alternative Routes to Certification in Washington State provide performance-based programs aimed at recruiting candidates to teach in statewide subject matter/geographic shortage areas. There are four Alternative Route pathways:

Route 1 is designed for paraprofessionals who hold a transferable Associate Degree to earn a Bachelors degree along with certification.  Routes 2,3,and 4 are mentored internship programs for candidates who hold a minimum of a Bachelors degree from regionally accredited institution to earn a teaching certificate.

 Masters of Arts
(MA)
(Degree)
(Degree)

Master of Arts degree is the generic label for the graduate degree earned after completion of a bachelor’s degree. It may be offered in many fields, including education, but a program advertised as “Master of Arts in Education” is usually designed to serve the needs of teachers who have already earned a certificate.

 Masters of Education
(M.Ed)
(Degree)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is usually designed for individuals who already possess a teaching certificate and are interested in acquiring additional understanding of teaching or who wish to add a certificate in another education role, such as administrator or school counselor.