Teacher Certification Program (TCP)
Developed for individuals who have always wanted to become teachers, this program allows opportunities 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 a Washington teacher certificate – or your teacher certification only – Whitworth has an option for you. Or, you can speak to an advisor for more information on how to become a teacher in Washington state.
|Course Format||In person; one evening per week hybrid courses|
Online and U-District*
|Average Completion Time||
Bachelor's with Certification2.5 years with A.A. or select A.A.S. degree transfer; 5 years with no transfer credits
Master's with Certification3 years
Certification Only (for those who hold a bachelor's)2.5 years
|Application Deadline||Four weeks prior to start date|
*Shared curriculum courses may be taken online or at the U-District location. All courses in the TCP cohort are offered exclusively at the North Spokane location.
What will I study?
Teacher certification students will learn:
- How to effectively instruct and assess K12 learning
- An understanding for the diversity of learners
- How to identify and describe the roles that social, cultural, linguistic, physical and community contexts play in the classroom
Bachelor's Degree with Certification
This track includes courses to allow you to earn both your B.A. in elementary education and your Washington state teacher certificate. 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 bachelor's degrees, Whitworth's evening Teacher Certification Program allows you to complete your Washington state teacher certificate 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. 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 department approval.
Master's Degree with Montessori Diploma and Teacher Certification
For those who currently hold a bachelor's degree, Whitworth's evening Teacher Certification Program (TCP) allows you to complete your Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) elementary Montessori diploma and 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. Montessori coursework is included as part of the selected teacher-preparation program and will be completed during a three-summer Montessori course series.
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).