Secondary Education

Attention fall 2017 SEC UG/PB applicants! 
New essay prompt posted as of January 31, 2017.

The Secondary Department offers two teacher preparation programs:

Graduates from these programs are some of the most knowledgeable and exemplary teachers in the State of Washington. With incredible faculty, small class sizes, and extensive field experiences, graduates reflect the very best in teaching. The curriculum is carefully sequenced to offer extensive classroom-based field experiences and, upon successful completion, graduates receive a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate.

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 Program

Applicants must meet the following

  • An approved endorsable program. Applicants must have an academic major endorsement advisor sign off on endorsement coursework. Include the endorsement evaluation with the application.

  • Admitted applicants may not have more than 10 endorsement credits to complete or have department permission. *PE or Fitness/Health do not follow this requirement. View link for specific PE, Fitness/Health requirements.

  • Undergraduates must have all GURs completed.

  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ credits). Per request, transcripts will be reviewed for purposes of GPA calculation. Email unofficial transcripts to

  • 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.

    • SAT Writing minimum score of 710.

Submit an Application

  • Due Dates:

    • Fall Admission - March 1

    • Winter Admission - September 1

  • Open, print, and complete the applicationThere is no fee to apply.

    • Attention fall 2017 SEC UG/PB applicants! 
      New essay prompt posted as of January 31, 2017;
      email if you have any questions.

  • Request letters of recommendation. Those letters may be submitted:

    • With your application in sealed envelopes, or

    • Mailed or Faxed to us at the below contact information, or

    • Ask writers to email them to

  • 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.​

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

Application Decisions

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will have their application reviewed.

Enrollment restrictions apply for each quarter. Applications are evaluate to determine the most qualified applicant.

  • Applications are reviewed by 1) designated academic department advisors; and 2) Secondary Education faculty. Most academic departments require applicants to have completed major coursework at Western before recommending admission. Transfer students are advised to concentrate on major endorsement courses the first quarter and NOT apply to Woodring until they have met with a major advisor to determine the best time to apply. 

  • Consideration for admission will be given to applicants with endorsements in academic areas of current critical need.

  • The application process takes approximately 6 weeks to complete and students will then be notified by letter and email.

Master in Teaching Program

Teacher Education Admission Contact Information

  • 360.650.3310, phone
  • 360.650.6583, fax
  • Miller Hall 150
  • Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA, 98225-9090