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312 Williamson Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2232
fax: 509.359.2899

Alternative Route Program: Transition to Teaching

The Alternative Route Program: Transition to Teaching (TtT) at Eastern Washington University provides formal instruction and certification in Elementary Education for individuals who are currently employed in a Washington State K-12 school who desire to become full-time teachers, or who hold a bachelor's degree and are desiring to pursue a career in teaching. 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: 

  1. Route 1: For classified instructional employees (e.g., paraeducators) with associate's degrees. Students will earn a Bachelor's of Art in Education (BAE). 
  2. Route 2: For classified staff with bachelor's degrees. 
  3. Route 3: For "career changers" with bachelor's degrees. 
  4. Route 4: For district staff with bachelor's degrees employed on conditional or emergency substitute certificates. 

Please click here to view an infographic detailing these four routes, courtesy of PESB (Professional Educators Standards Board). 

Steps for Applying to Alternative Route Program 

  1. We currently partner with ESD 171 and Spokane Public Schools. If you are employed by another district, please contact us at 
  2. Discuss the possibilities of participation in the alternate route program with your supervisor and district. 
  3. Apply to the Alternate Route Program. This is a first step in the process. There are no guarantees of admission to the program or university. 
  4. Apply to Eastern Washington University. 
  5. Complete the FAFSA application. Please be sure to complete the application for the correct year. For additional information or assistance, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office instructional page. 

For more information, please contact the Education Department main office at 509.359.2232 or send an email to 

Application for the 2019-2020 cohort will be available January 2019. 

Course Location

Courses are offered off-site. 

Course Delivery Method

Most coursework follows a hybrid format (both in person and online). 

Course Meeting Time

Will vary by quarter and course. During the summer, there is a two-week intensive course. 

Regions Served

This program serves North Central and Eastern Washington. 


Prerequisites will vary depending on the route chosen. 

Sample Cost Breakdown

The cost is $208 per credit. The BAE includes 126 credits and a post-baccalaureate option or certification only option requires 72 credits. These figures do not include additional endorsements. 

Contact Information 

For additional information, please contact:

Yvonne Alvarez Jan Hartmann
Program Coordinator Program Director
509.359.7029 509.359.4088

What will I study?

Route 1 will be completed in seven (7) quarters and the graduate will obtain a BAE as well as certification for Washington State. Routes 2, 3 or 4 will be completed in four (4) quarters and obtain certification only.

Note: These time frames do not include additional endorsements. 

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