The Early Childhood Education program offers applicants the opportunity to develop their knowledge about young children with three program options. The program options are designed to meet a variety of career paths for working with young children and are:
- Early Childhood, non-certification. For students interested in working with preschool age children in childcare centers, preschools, and Head Start type programs. This option does not qualify graduates to work as a certified teacher.
- Early Childhood & Teacher Certification, Preschool - Grade 3. For students interested in working with preschool children in a variety of settings and as a certified teacher grades K-3.
- Early Childhood & Teacher Certification (dual) K-3 & K-8. For students interested in working with preschool children in a variety of settings and as a certified teacher grades K-3 & K-8.
The degree for this program is Early Childhood Education.
- Why WWU for Early Childhood Education?
- Program Recommended General University Requirements (GURs)
- Program Coursework Flyer
- Attend an Advising Session or Contact our office.
Application Due Dates - for all options
- Fall Admission = April 1 (This program only admits for fall!)
Note: If the above date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or WWU holiday, you may submit the application on the next business day. It will not be considered late.
Prepare to Apply - All Options
Make sure you meet ALL application criteria. Your application will not be reviewed if you do not meet the following criteria.
- Meet minimum GPA of 2.75. You must have a 2.75 GPA for either: a) all college coursework, or b) last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate your GPA in advance of applying.
- Take the GURs recommended by Early Education faculty. It is very difficult to take GURs once admitted to the program. Having most completed is highly recommended.
- Meet the West-B basic skills requirement. This may be met by: a) Taking the West-B exam, b) SAT minimum scores, c) ACT minimum scores. See West-B for details. Passing scores must be on file in order to complete the review of an application.
- Complete a minimum of 45 graded credits by the time you apply (no S/U grades). It is very difficult to take GURs once admitted to the program. Having most completed is highly recommended). Credits counted toward the minimum of 45 may include AP or IB credits. GPA is calculated based on credits and grade points; AP or IB credit counts toward the 45 required credits, but not GPA. Scores must meet the following criteria.
- AP credits: We accept exams with a minimum score of 4. We do not accept any AP science.
- IB credits: We accept exams with a minimum score of 5. We do not accept any IB science.
- Complete an English composition course with a minimum grade of B-. Courses that meet this requirement include:
- English 101, 202, or 203; Communication 101; Journalism 207 and other English composition courses on transcript.
- AP English Literature or Language; minimum score of 4.
- International Baccalaureate; minimum score of 4.
- SAT Writing; minimum score of 710.
- Math 112 is not an application requirement, but is a required prerequisite for program coursework. You must either take Math 112 or the equivalent with a minimum grade of C or test out of Math 112. We advise you to take this course prior to applying to the program. Courses more than 5 years old are not accepted.
- SCED 201 is not an application requirement, but is a prerequisite for program coursework. All three SCED courses, 201, 202, and 203 are Natural Science GURs designed for students who desire to become teachers. SCED 202 and 203 are not required, but highly advised. We advise you to try and take SCED 201 prior to applying to the program. To request permission to take these courses, please e-mail Lori Torres.
- Skagit CC or Whatcom CC students should try to take SCED equivalents, particularly the equivalent to SCED 201, which is a prerequisite for the program science sequence. There is limited room in this course at WWU and it is difficult to take once in the program. Students are HIGHLY advised to take this equivalent course prior to transferring.
- Open, print, and complete the Early Childhood Education Application. Open and word process the Description of Experiences Word Document (You must have one form for each experience). You will be responsible for following the directions for word processing the essay responses. The rest of the application is hand-written. There is no fee to apply to the program.
- Enclose copies of all UNOFFICIAL college transcripts including all community college transcripts. IF you have AP or IB credit, you must also submit the WWU Transfer Equivalency Report with the application.
- If you are not a WWU student, you must also apply to WWU.
* Post-bacs must also apply to WWU unless continuing into Woodring the term after graduation. Any single quarter break in enrollment will require submission of a WWU application.
- Mail or drop off complete application and all materials by April 1 to:
Teacher Education Admissions
Woodring College of Education, Miller Hall 150
516 High St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-9090
Phone: (360) 650-3313
Fax: (360) 650-6583
Application Review and Decisions
All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and submit a completed application will have that application reviewed by Early Childhood Education faculty after the due date.
- Enrollment restrictions apply. Applications are evaluated to determine the most qualified applicant.
- The application process takes approximately 4 weeks to complete. Students will then be notified by letter and email.