Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Program is designed to prepare thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society. Consistent with national and state standards for what teachers should know and be able to do, the elementary education curriculum is a carefully sequenced professional program that is firmly backed by current research and effective teaching and learning. We encourage our students to solve problems, make good decisions, and show respect. Coursework is taught by exemplary faculty and reflects a combination of theory, methods, and field experiences. Upon successful program completion, graduates receive a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate. Program options are:

​Woodring College of Education fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice. We are dedicated to preparing thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society. 

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Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate Professional Program

Applicants must meet the following

  • 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 science scores are not accepted. This does not apply to transfer applicants with an AA/DTA.

  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative or 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 710.

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

    • 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 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

    • 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

Program-Aligned Majors

*Admission to the Elementary Program is required to declare this major.

Submit an Application

  • Due Dates:
    • Fall Admission - April 1
    • Winter Admission - October 1
    • Spring Admission - January 15
  • 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