Degree Overview

Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) - Leads to teacher licensure

Earning an online degree in elementary education will put you in the classroom of your dreams. The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) will give you the content knowledge and teaching skills necessary to become a certified elementary school teacher. You will become a highly qualified teacher ready to make a difference in a child’s life.

Note: As part of Western Governors University, the online teaching degree programs at WGU Washington are NCATE accredited, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates "have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn."

A K-8 program for a K-6 certification

The BA Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) program prepares students to receive a Washington teaching credential at the elementary K-6 level. Because of the extensiveness of the curriculum covered, students completing the program will be eligible for a K-8 elementary education credential in other states that certify elementary grades teachers at the K-8 level.

Who the Program Is For:

  • Unlicensed substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others who feel the call to teach.
  • Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn how this program works.

What You'll Learn

Essential Knowledge and Skills

This online elementary education degree program incorporates the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a licensed teacher, as well as practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a professional portfolio.

Key Subject Areas

These Courses Add to Your Credentials

  • Teacher Education Foundations
  • Teacher Education Diversity
  • Preclinical Experiences
  • Instructional Planning and Presentation
  • Elementary Education Methods
  • Demonstration Teaching (practice teaching)

Core Subject Areas

Some of These General Education Assessments May Be Cleared through Transfer Credit

  • English Composition
  • Mathematics
  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Elements of Effective Communication
  • Survey of United States Constitution and Government
  • Survey of World History
  • Health, Fitness and Wellness
  • Integrated Natural Sciences
  • Survey of United States History
  • Critical Thinking and Logic

Practice Teaching

In-classroom experience is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom.

Professional Portfolio

The online B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies degree program also requires the successful completion of a professional portfolio.

Your professional portfolio is something to be proud of – it will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your degree program and demonstration teaching. You'll take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation by recommending strategies for effectively handling actual issues you'll face in the workplace.

How It Works

A Degree Program That Fits Your Schedule

WGU Washington is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.

Online learning is not easy.

You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around.

How Long Will It Take?

It Depends On You

The average time it takes to complete a B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies degree program at WGU Washington is 2-2.5 years for students with an associate's degree or equivalent and 4-5 years for students with little or no prior college.

WGU Washington’s competency-based method, which allows you to advance through your courses using the skills and knowledge you already have, may allow you finish your degree in even less time.

The program requires a total of 122 Competency Units (CUs), which are WGU Washington credit equivalents. If you've taken courses or received a degree from another college or university, you may be able to clear some of these requirements through transfer credit.

Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies online degree program depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.

It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.

“WGU Washington has fabulous mentorship, preparation and placement models for aspiring educators in this state. Superintendents, principals and others continue to tell me that graduates of the university’s Teachers College are well trained, well supported and of the highest quality. That makes me feel good as an educator to know, in Washington, we have great teachers in front of our students.” Gene Sharratt,
Executive Director of the Washington Student Achievement Council

How Competency-Based Education Benefits You

Put Your Existing Knowledge to Work

Western Governors University (WGU Washington’s parent university) was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.

In WGU Washington’s online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.

  • You’ll work with your assigned Faculty Mentor on a personalized Degree Plan that establishes the pace at which you move through the program.
  • With few exceptions, you’ll be able to choose when and where you study.
  • You’ll complete as much work as YOU choose during each six-month term.
  • You’ll collaborate with your Faculty Mentor to determine the learning resources that will help you develop and demonstrate your competency in each subject area.
  • You’ll be required to complete at least 12 CUs per term for bachelor's degree programs and 8 CUs per term for graduate degree programs in order to make On Time Progress. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program.

How Much Will It Cost?

Less Than You Think

We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU Washington doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.

Cost of Earning a Degree

You’ll pay the same low tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree.

Tuition and Fees

For this program, a full course load is 12 competency units (credit hours) per term – each course generally represents three or four competency units.

  • $2,890: Tuition per 6-Month Term
  • $145: Resource Fee per 6-Month Term
  • $65: One-Time Application Fee
  • $1,000: One-Time Demonstration Teaching Fee

WGU Washington's online B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

WGU Washington Is Half The Cost

WGU Washington’s B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is about half the cost of a comparable program at another online university. An online teaching degree at a traditional university can cost close to $50,000 while a typical four-year bachelor's degree program at WGU Washington is less than $24,000.

Tuition Comparison: B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies degree

WGU Washington University of Phoenix Grand Canyon University
$2,890 per six month term.
If it takes four years = $23,120
120 credit x $407.50 per credit = $48,900 $52,750

*Note: This chart is for illustration only and reflects the tuition information made public by other institutions and WGU Washington’s standard tuition of $2,890 per term as of February 1, 2015. Tuition for the MBA and nursing programs is higher at $3,250 per term. Actual rates will vary depending on the number of terms needed to complete the program. Check the website for the most current tuition information.

Compare WGU Washington tuition to tuition at other schools

You Pay for Time—Not Credits

  • No matter how many courses you complete each term, your tuition stays the same.
  • The more courses you complete each term, the fewer terms you have until graduation.
  • Our competency-based model gives you the opportunity to accelerate your progress.
  • If you complete your program ahead of schedule, you'll save both time and money.

Financial Aid

You Can Afford to Earn a Degree

WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.

Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.

Respected, Recognized, and Accredited

Same Accreditation as State Universities and Private Colleges

Through Western Governors University, WGU Washington is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.

Western Governors University (WGU Washington's parent university) was the first exclusively online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU has Teachers College graduates working in all 50 states, and has been recognized by the White House as an example of what works in postsecondary education.

The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that “candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.” This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts, as well as a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams.

An online teaching degree from WGU Washington tells employers that you're serious about success.

Take the next step into a prosperous future.

WGU Washington Graduates Succeed

Become a Success Story

Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:

90% of employers rate the teaching skills of WGU graduates as very good or excellent.

98%

of employers rate the performance of WGU grads as excellent.

100%

of employers said they would not hesitate to hire another WGU graduate.

98%

of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.

98%

of employers rated WGU grads as equal to or above other employees who graduated from other colleges or universities.

98%

of employers consider WGU graduates strongly prepared for their jobs.

Note: 2014 Survey of Employers by Harris Interactive

You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our National Student Success and Performance Data.

"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace." James Dye, WGU Alumnus

How a Course Works

Prove What You Know and Move Forward

You set your own pace by demonstrating your skills. In the online degree programs at WGU Washington, you'll advance through each course by first mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in each subject area.

These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn Competency Units (CUs), or credit equivalents.

WGU Washington sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master the subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.

Get Started

Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the seven easy steps to getting started.

To be admitted into this Teachers College program, you must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants who do not possess an AA or AS degree will also be required to take and pass the WGU Readiness Assessment — a short, multi-part online admissions test that helps determine the likelihood of success in a WGU program.

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You'll be on your way to a successful career. A world of opportunity awaits.

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Should I consider financial aid?

Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

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