Early Childhood Education

Graduates from the Early Childhood Education program are some of the most knowledgeable and exemplary teachers in the State of Washington. With multiple program options, exemplary faculty, small class sizes, and extensive field experiences, candidates complete their program as thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective professionals.

NON-TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTION

  • ‚ÄčEarly Childhood Education. Completion of this program results in:

    • BA in Education, emphasis in Early Childhood Education

    • 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.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTIONS

  • Early Childhood Education. Completion of this program results in:

    • BA in Education, emphasis in Early Childhood Education

    • Teacher certification with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education P-3

  • Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education. Completion of this program results in:

    • BA in Education, emphasis in Early Childhood Education

    • Teacher certification with endorsements in Early Childhood Education P-3 and Elementary Education K-8

Program Information

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.

  • PRINT a PREPARE TO APPLY CHECKLIST

  • Seek early advising prior to applying.

  • Meet minimum GPA of 2.75 through either: a) all college coursework, or b) last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate GPA in advance of applying.

  • Take program recommended GURs (unless you are not attending WWU). 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 by: a) Passing the West-B exam, OR b) Minimum SAT scores, OR c) Minimum ACT scores. See West-B for details. Applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement.

  • Complete a minimum of 45 graded credits by the time you apply (no S/U grades). NOTE: It is very difficult to complete GURs once admitted to the program. Applicants are HIGHLY advised to complete nearly all GURs prior to applying. AP and IB credits count toward the 45 graded 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.

  • Applicants are HIGHLY advised to take program course prerequisites PRIOR to applying. Those courses include:

    • LING 201; this is a GUR

      • This prerequisite course is ONLY required for applicants to the dual-endorsement program (Early Childhood & Elementary Education)

      • May take ELL 432 in place of LING 201

      •  Other courses might apply, but only with approval of Elementary Education Department - 360.650.7948 or Miller Hall 301D.

      • Minimum grade of C

    • SCED 201; this is a GUR

      • Required for all program options

      • Minimum grade of C

      • WWU students must request an override code for SCED 201 - contact Lori Torres

      • WWU students are HIGHLY encouraged to also take SCED 202 and 203 for remaining Natural Science GURs

      • Whatcom CC students should take the equivalent, PHYSC 104

      • Skagit CC students should take the equivalent, PHYS 111

      • Everett CC students should take the equivalent, NAT S 107

    • MATH 112; this is a GUR

      • Required for all program options

      • Minimum grade of C, OR

      • WWU Math Placement Test (General) with a minimum score of 150 required

      • Course more than 5 years old will not be honored

      • For non-WWU students this is an intermediate college Algebra course (Whatcom and Skagit CC this is Math 99)

  • Open, print, and complete the 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 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. That is a separate application and the due date for fall transfers and post-bac students to WWU is March 1 (Early Childhood is April 1).

  • 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
Email: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3310
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.