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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. 

Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate Professional Program

Applicants must meet the following

  • Minimum of 75 college level credits completed by the application due date, or anticipated DTA AA degree by admissions quarter start date. AP and IB credits can count towards the 75 required credits. For a list of acceptable tests and scores, see Western's Transfer Credit Policies. 

  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ graded 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 (ENG 101, COMM 101, JOUR 106) with minimum grade of B-.  For other courses, check with Teacher Education Admissions. Exams that meet this requirement:

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

    • IB English, minimum score of 4.

Completing these below program pre-requisites before applying will expedite your time to program completion.

  • MATH 112; this is a GUR
    • Minimum grade of C, OR ALEKS Math Placement Assessment with a minimum score of 45 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) or pre-calculus course at a community college. Business Stats or Math 107 does not meet this pre-req. An advisor in the ELED department can check if you have met the math pre-req.

  • 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, 203, and 204 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 - or ENG 370

    • May take ELL 431 (prior to fall 2018, it was ELL 432) in place of LING 201 (ELL 431 is included in the Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies major)

    • Minimum grade of C

Program-Aligned Majors

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

Submit an Application

  • Due Dates: *If application deadline falls on a date WWU is closed, applications will be due the following business day*
    • Fall Admission - March 1
    • Winter Admission - October 1
    • Spring Admission - January 15
  • Open, print, and complete the application. 

  • If you are not a WWU student, you must also apply to WWU. That is a separate application.

  • 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

  • 360.650.3313, phone
  • 360.650.6583, fax
  • TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
  • Miller Hall 150
  • Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA   98225-9090