The Transition to Teaching Program at EWU provides formal education for and certification for individuals looking to become full-time teachers if they are currently employed in a K-12 school with an AA or higher, or who are not employed in a school but have their bachelor's degree. Our Alternative Route Program allows you to build upon previous education and work experience to reduce the time and cost of the program. We offer four routes to certification. Please refer to the infographic provided by PESB (Professional Educator Standards Board) for guidance or use our "Select your Route" tool below.
Have you already applied to EWU?
Current students of EWU who are interested in applying to the Transition to Teaching Program will complete an alternate admission process. Please contact our Program Director, Jan Hartmann, for assistance.
Routes 1, 2 and 4
If you are employed with either of our partner school districts, ESD 171 or Spokane Public Schools, begin the application process. If you are employed by another district, please begin by contacting us at email@example.com.
Discuss the possibilities of participation in the Transition to Teaching Program with your supervisor and district.
Please begin by contacting the Transition to Teaching Program Coordinator. You will be provided next steps for applying to the program and securing a field placement.
Get in contact with local K-8 schools in your area and discuss possibilities of participation in this program.
Complete the Transition to Teaching application (if you are already an EWU student, please contact as there is an alternate admission process). The application has been combined with the Eastern Washington University general admission application; your submission will be reviewed by both the EWU Admissions Office and the Transition to Teaching Program.
Alternate Route Coursework Plan by quarter. Note that this program is competency-based and coursework is a guide. Program plans are individualized during the first summer academy and adjusted as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Application for 2021-2022 Cohort will be available 1/2/21.
Please contact Jan Hartmann for assistance.