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Elementary Education Pathway

Pierce College has strong partnerships with local universities to ensure our students are able to smoothly transition into university teacher preparation programs for elementary education. Please watch the advising video below and contact an education advisor with any questions.

Transfer Programs for Elementary Education

We have three main elementary education transfer institutions in Pierce County.

Central Washington University (CWU)

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)

St. Martin's University (SMU)


All teacher candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and math prior to acceptance into a teacher preparation program in the State of Washington. This can be accomplished through the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B), the SAT or the ACT. For more information, see our Testing website.

Candidates entering a Washington approved teaching preparation program may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST-B. The adopted passing scores for SAT and ACT are listed below.

Cut Score Comparison Table

Subject WEST-B SAT(prior to 3/1/16) SAT (after 3/1/16) ACT (prior to 9/1/15) ACT (prior 9/1/15)
Math 240 515 530 22 22
Reading 240 500 27 22 22
Writing 240 490 28 8 23

More information on the WEST-B, including how to register for the exams, is on the West-B Testing website.

Annual Schedule for Selected Courses*

Please consult advising worksheets or speak with an advisor when planning the courses you need to take. *Pierce College reserves the right to make any changes or cancellations.

Course Schedule
EDUC& 115 Child Development (5 cr.)
Summer: Th 2:15-4:25 p.m. PY Hybrid
Fall: W 8:30-10:45 a.m. FS Hybrid; T 6-8:15 p.m. PY Hybrid
Winter: W 2:15-4:25 p.m. PY Hybrid
Spring: M/W 12-2:15 p.m. FS; T/Th 5:30-7:45 p.m. FS
EDUC& 190 Education Practicum (3-5 cr.)
Fall: M 5:30-7:45 p.m. FS
EDUC& 202 Introduction to Education (5 cr.)
Summer: T 5:30-7:45 p.m. FS Hybrid
Winter: M/W, 5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. FS
Spring: M 2:15-4:25 p.m. PY Hybrid
MATH& 131 Structure of Elementary Mathematics 1:  Number Systems and Problem Solving (5 cr.)
Fall: M/W, 5:45-7:55 p.m. FS
Winter: T/Th, 12-2:15 p.m. FS
Spring: M/W, 5:30-7:40 p.m. PY    
MATH& 132 Structure of Elementary Mathematics 2:  Geometry and Statistics (5 cr.)
Summer: M/W, 2-5 p.m. PY
Winter: T/Th, 5:45-7:55 p.m. PY
MUSC 205 Music for Teachers (5 cr.)
Summer: T/Th 1-3 p.m. FS
Fall: T/Th, 5:30-7:45 p.m. FS
Spring: Sat, 8:30 a.m.-1:10 p.m. FS
ART 215

Art for Teachers (5 cr.)
Winter: M/W, 12-2:15 p.m. FS
Spring: M/W, 5:30-7:45 p.m. FS

Pierce College reserves the right to make any changes or cancellations.

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