Teacher Certification


  • Evening schedule designed for working professionals
  • Six-week courses help you complete your degree faster
  • Cohort model builds community by modeling community
  • Earn your bachelor’s or master’s degree with teacher certification
  • School administrators recruit Whitworth graduates

Program Snapshot

Evening, six-week courses (with occasional Saturdays)
North Spokane, U-District*
*General education requirements only
Application Deadline
4 weeks prior to start date (view course schedule)
Cost per Credit
$510 books included (financial aid & scholarships available)
Average Completion Time
Transferring with A.A. degree: 2 1/2 yrs
New students with no transfer credits: 5 yrs
  • Program Details

    If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to realize your dream of becoming a teacher, you don’t have to wait any longer. Whitworth’s Evening Teacher Certification Program was developed for individuals who have always wanted to become teachers, but who can’t give up their day-schedule to do so. The six-week evening courses make it possible to earn your degree in a realistic amount of time, even if you’re working full time. This program allows opportunity for growth and reflection in a small, supportive learning community, guided by Christian scholars who are dedicated to your success. Whether you’re seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree with teacher certification – or your teacher certification only – Whitworth has an option for you.

    Bachelor’s Degree with Certification

    This track includes courses to earn both your B.A. in elementary education and your Washington state teacher certification. If you are interested in obtaining certification in a secondary content area, please give us a call to speak with an advisor for more information. A program can be developed with supervisor approval.

    Master’s Degree with Certification

    For those who currently hold a bachelor’s degree, Whitworth’s Evening Teacher Certification Program allows you to complete your Washington state teacher certification while you’re working toward a master’s degree. Enroll in the 500-level courses and apply 20-24 credits toward an M.Ed. degree.

    Certification Only

    For those who currently hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree, Whitworth offers a program that allows you to acquire an elementary teaching certification or a secondary certification in an endorsable content area (e.g., math, science, English, language arts, history).


    • Concentrate on one course at a time and attend class just once or twice weekly. Most courses meet one evening per week and at two all-day-Saturday sessions during the six-week session.
    • Your books are provided free of charge and are delivered to you the first night of class.
    • Learn with other adult students in Whitworth’s cohort format.
    • Develop cutting-edge instructional strategies and classroom management techniques.
    • Become familiar with technological advances facing the world of education.
    • Learn to recognize and address the needs of individual students in group settings.
    • This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


    Excellence in Teacher Preparation

    Whitworth University is acknowledged as a leader in teacher preparation. School administrators actively recruit Whitworth graduates knowing that our program prepares educators who excel and will lead with integrity and commitment. The Evening Teacher Certification Program blends theory with practice by arranging classroom experiences each term. Within the final semester you will have the opportunity to complete a full-time student-teaching practicum and an intercultural experience designed to help you become a well-prepared educator.

    The mission of the Whitworth School of Education is to prepare educators of mind and heart who are scholars, community members, effective practitioners, visionary leaders, and guardians. The School of Education provides opportunities to integrate theory and practice in diverse settings through the study of established and emerging content as well as through pedagogical and professional knowledge. Whitworth University prepares educators to have a positive impact on the learning and development of those whom they are called to serve.

    Cohort Format

    Whitworth’s Evening Teacher Certification Program is offered in a cohort format. Simply put, this means that you’ll be part of a small group (approximately 20 students) who work collaboratively through the teacher certification curriculum in sequence.

  • Degree Requirements

    The 53-credit elementary certification coursework can be completed in less than two years; total time to degree completion varies, depending on your course load and transfer credits.

    Teacher Certification Program Admission Requirements

    After you apply and are admitted to the Evening Teacher Certification Program, you will begin taking classes that meet prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite requirements must be met before you begin the teacher certification sequence – including credits in an endorsable discipline and passing scores on the Washington Educators Skills Test (WEST-B). Please speak with an academic advisor for more information.

    Learning Objectives

    The learning outcomes of this major prepare students to be scholars, community members, effective practitioners, visionary leaders, and guardians. Please see the course catalog for more information.

    Preliminary Education Course
    EDE 302* Foundations of Education & Community Engagement

    * 500-level courses available for the master’s degree track

    General Education Requirements & Electives

    All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

    Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate - 126 credits

    Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary, depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations.

  • What type of Job Can I get?

    • Elementary certification allows you to teach from kindergarten to 8th grade.
    • Secondary certification allows you to teach in middle school and high school in a specific content area (i.e. math, science, or history).
    • A master’s degree in education with certification allows you to teach at the level for which you are certified, or at the community college or university level.
  • Where our students work

    In addition to most local and many regional districts, graduates from Whitworth’s Evening Teacher Certification Program are employed in school districts across North Idaho, Northwest Washington, Southern Arizona, Montana, Alaska, Nevada, Hawaii, South Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, China, and even Oman.


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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