Secondary Education

The Secondary Department offers two teacher preparation programs:

Our programs prepare some of the most knowledgeable and exemplary teachers in the State of Washington. With incredible faculty, small class sizes, and extensive field experiences, Secondary Education reflects the very best in teaching. The curriculum is carefully sequenced to offer extensive classroom-based field experiences and, upon successful completion, recommendation to receive a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate. For information, please call 360 650-3327 or send an inquiry to staff

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

  • A pre-advising meeting with Secondary Education faculty or staff to determine your eligibility and the best time to apply. Call 360 650-3327 or send an inquiry to staff. Music or PE/Health Fitness pre-advising is done through the respective department.

  • An approved endorsable program. Applicants must have an academic major endorsement advisor sign off on the endorsement evaluation. Include the endorsement evaluation with the application, and for each additional endorsement you may be earning. Indicate any courses that are in progress or planned (including summer).

  • 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. Scores must be on file by application deadline.

  • Experience working with youth in a school setting.

  • Experience with diverse communities.

  • 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

    • If you are not a WWU student, you must also apply to WWU; this is a separate application and the due date for post-bac students to WWU is March 1 (for fall quarter) or October 1 (for winter quarter).​

  • Open, print, and complete the application (note- the application will be updated by June 2017 for winter applicants). There is no fee to apply to Woodring's Secondary Education program.

  • 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

  • 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 evaluated to determine the most qualified applicant.

  • Applications are reviewed by 1) designated academic department advisors; and 2) Secondary Education faculty.

  • 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/or email.


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