Secondary Education

Graduates from the Secondary Education Program are some of the most knowledgeable and exemplary teachers in the State of Washington. With undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and Masters in Teaching options, tenure-track faculty, small class sizes, and extensive field experiences, candidates complete their program as thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective professionals.

Each program option leads to teacher certification with endorsements (subjects) offered to teach at the middle and high school levels or elementary, middle and high schools (elementary level only applies to endorsements in Dance, French, German, Health/Fitness, Japanese, Music, Spanish, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts).

The three program options are:

  1. Undergraduate - for candidates who desire to begin their teacher education program while completing their approved academic endorsable major or those pursuing a BAE degree.
  2. Post-Baccalaureate - for candidates returning to become a teacher or those who desire to begin their teacher education program after completing an approved BA/BS academic endorsable major.
  3. Masters in Teaching - for candidates returning to become a teacher or those who desire to begin their teacher education program after completing an approved BA/BS academic endorsable major and who desire a Master's Degree.

When applying, candidates must choose the specific program option and meet all application criteria.

Program Information

Undergraduate ProgramĀ - Prepare to Apply

  • Application Due Dates:
    • Fall - April 1
    • Winter - October 1

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.

  • Make sure you are pursuing one of our program approved endorsable majors.
  • Meet minimum GPA of 2.75; 2.75 must be met either a) all college coursework, or b) last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate GPA in advance of applying.
  • Complete 60-80% of your major endorsement coursework PRIOR to applying to the program.
    • Health/Fitness majors only apply Winter term and must follow a prescribed sequence of coursework. Candidates for this endorsement must seek early advisement from the PEHR Dept. AND Teacher Education Admissions. See the PEHR flyer for program requirements and sequence and contact Derrick Mears.
    • Modern Classical Language majors may be able to apply prior to reaching the minimum 60% of completed coursework. Please seek advising.
  • 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 by the application due date.
  • 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.
  • Open, print, and complete the Secondary Program Application. 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.
  • Enclose copies of all unofficial college transcripts.
  • Request your 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
    • E-mailed to us at the below email.
  • 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

Post-Baccalaureate ProgramĀ - Prepare to Apply

  • Application Due Dates:
    • Fall - April 1
    • Winter - October 1
  • Students not currently enrolled in WWU (or WWU students with at least a one term break or those who will have at least a one term break in enrollment), must apply to both Woodring and WWU. See WWU Admission website.
  • Make sure you are have completed a degree aligned to one of our program approved endorsable majors. Nearly all endorsement coursework needs to be completed prior to applying.
    • WWU applicants need to make sure their degree is listed on the right or they must request a review of their transcript to determine completion of endorsement coursework.
    • Non-WWU Post-Baccalaureate candidates must request a review of their transcript to determine completion of endorsement coursework.
    • All transcript review requests need to be sent via e-mail to: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Meet minimum GPA of 2.75; 2.75 is reviewed based on all college coursework and last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate 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 by the application due date.
  • You must have 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.
  • Open, print, and complete the Secondary Program Application. 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.
  • Enclose copies of all unofficial college transcripts.
  • Request your 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
    • E-mailed to us at the below email.
  • 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

Masters in Teaching Program - Prepare to Apply

  • Application Due Dates:
    • Fall - April 1
    • Winter - October 1
  • Make sure you have completed a degree aligned to one of our program approved endorsable majors. Prior to applying, please send an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) so we may determine if you meet the coursework required for the endorsement you desire to pursue. Send via email to: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu.
  • Applicants must apply directly to the WWU Graduate School and meet all criteria.
  • See MIT for application and testing criteria, advising and to schedule an advising appointment.

Application Review and Decisions (Undergraduate & Post- Baccalaureate)

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and submit a completed application 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. For further information, visit Teacher Education Admissions, Miller Hall 150, (360) 650-3313.
  • 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.