Elementary Education

The Elementary Education program is recognized in the state and region as one of the very best places to learn to become a teacher. The structured sequence of courses and related classroom field experiences help teacher candidates learn how to inspire and support the learning of all children. Our graduates are prepared to become thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective professionals.

Students in this program have the opportunity to choose one of 16 related majors to enhance their development has an exceptional teacher.

Students wishing to pursue this program should contact our office for early advisement and carefully review the below information in preparation of applying.

Program Information

Application Due Dates

  • Fall Admission = April 1
  • Winter Admission = October 1
  • Spring Admission = January 15

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.

Attend the next "Tips" session for applying to the program for Winter 2015 admission.

  • 4:00 p.m, Thursday, September 25, 2014, Miller Hall 258

If you are unable to attend the tips session in person, you can get advice on how to prepare a successful application by viewing our online presentation.

Prepare to Apply - WWU Students

Make sure you meet ALL application criteria. Your application will not be reviewed if you do not meet the following criteria.

CLICK here to print a checklist of steps to help you prepare to apply.

  • 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 recommended GURs for Elementary Education. We advise that you try to finish all GURs prior to applying to the program.
  • 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). This 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 take either 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.
  • Decide on a major. There are 16 approved majors aligned to the Elementary Program. You may begin taking some major coursework prior to applying to the program.
  • Open, Print, and complete the hard copy Elementary 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 submit the WWU Transfer Equivalency Report with the application.
  • Submit complete application 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) 650-3313
Fax: (360) 650-6583

Prepare to Apply - Non-WWU Students

Make sure you meet ALL application criteria. Your application will not be reviewed if you do not meet the following criteria.

CLICK here to print a checklist of steps to help you prepare to apply.

  • 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.
  • 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.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.
  • Undergraduate transfer students need to review the recommended GURs for Elementary Education and try take courses aligned to the recommended GURs.
    • Make sure your Natural Science GURs reflect Earth, Physical and Life systems-oriented courses.
    • Skagit CC or Whatcom CC students should try to take SCED equivalents, but may take SCED 201 at WWU if needed.
    • Post-Baccalaureate students are not required to re-take GURs, but if admitted, may be required to take a prerequisite course(s).
  • Complete a minimum of 45 graded credits by the time you apply (no S/U grades). This 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 Score of 710 or higher.
  • Math 112 is not an application requirement, but is a required prerequisite for program coursework. You must take either 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.
  • If an undergraduate, decide on a major. There are 16 approved majors aligned to the Elementary Program. You may begin taking some major coursework prior to applying to the program.
  • If a post-baccalaureate student, prior to applying, please submit an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) so we may determine if your degree meets program requirements. Submit transcript via e-mail to: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu. Admitted post-baccalaureate students may be required to take a prerequisite course.
  • Open, Print, and complete the hard copy Elementary 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 submit the WWU Transfer Equivalency Report with the application.
  • Make sure you apply to WWU AND Elementary Education. Those are two separate applications. See the WWU Admission website for application and information.
  • Submit complete application 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) 650-3313
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 the Elementary Education faculty after the due date.

  • Enrollment restrictions apply for each quarter. 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.