Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Program offers teacher certification and non-teacher certification options. Coursework is taught by exemplary faculty and reflects a combination of theory, methods, and field experiences in a variety of preschool and elementary level classroom settings. Options for undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students are:

The unique program offerings provide applicants with multiple professional pathways. Early Childhood graduates are sought after in childcare centers, preschools, Head Start programs and those with the teaching certification qualify to teach at the primary grades or at all of the elementary school grades if they earn the additional K-8 qualification.

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Non-Certification & Certification Programs (Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate)

Applicants must meet the following

  • Complete most GURs (does not apply to transfer applicants with an AA/DTA). It is very difficult to take any GURs if admitted to the program.

  • Undergraduates must have 45 graded credits completed by the application due date. AP (minimum score of 3) and IB (minimum score of 4) credits count toward the 45 credits. AP or IB science scores are not accepted.

  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative & last 45+ credits). Per request, transcripts will be reviewed for purposes of GPA calculation. Email unofficial transcripts to TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu.​

  • West-B requirement; applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement.

  • English composition course with minimum grade of B-. Exams that meet this requirement:

    • AP English Literature or Language, minimum score of 4.

    • IB English, minimum score of 4.

    • SAT Writing, minimum score of 4.

Applicants should complete program pre-requisites before applying

  • MATH 112; this is a GUR
    • 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)

  • SCED 201; this is a GUR

    • Minimum grade of C

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

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

    • Community College equivalents = Everett CC NAT S 107, Skagit CC PHYS 111, Whatcom CC PHYSC 104

  • LING 201; this is a GUR

    • ONLY required for 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

Submit an Application

***Applications are being updated and will be posted by July 31

  • Due Date is April 1 for Fall admission.  *This is the only term students are admitted to the program.
  • Open, print, and complete the application. Open and word process the Description of Experiences Word Document  (You must have one form for each experience).

  • 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).

  • Submit complete application to the Teacher Education Admission Office (contact information below).

Application Decisions

Each application is reviewed using the process outlined in the application.

Enrollment restrictions apply. Applications are evaluated to determine the most qualified applicant.

Teacher Education Admission Contact Information

  • 360.650.3310, phone

  • 360.650.6583, fax

  • TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu

  • Miller Hall 150

  • Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA   98225-9090