Secondary Education

The Secondary Education 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 experience and, upon successful completion, recommendation to receive a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate. For general program information, please call 360-650-3327 or send an inquiry to For application requirements, contact Woodring Admissions at or 360-650-3310.   

Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate Program- one program, different applications: 

Undergraduate application to Secondary Education (winter 2019 applicants, check for updates in July 2018)
Post-baccalaureate application to Secondary Education (winter 2019 applicants, check for updates in July 2018)


Applicants must meet the following requirements

Full details regarding the application requirements are available at

  • An approved endorsable program. Undergraduate applicants must have an academic major endorsement advisor sign off on the endorsement evaluation (faculty typically available Oct.-May). Post-bac. applicants request an endorsement evaluation by emailing unofficial transcripts to 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).

  • For Music or PE/Health Fitness you must get pre-advising and an endorsement evaluation through the department advisor.

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

  • WEST-B requirement; applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement. Scores must be on file by application deadline.

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

  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting, with preference to public secondary schools. 

  • Experience with youth and families in diverse socio-economic, cultural, linguistic settings.

  • 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.

Submit an Application

  • Due Dates:

    • Fall Admission - March 1

    • Winter Admission - September 1

    • If you are a Post-Bac. applicant, you must also submit an application to Western Admissions; the due dates are March 1 (for fall quarter) or September 15 (for winter quarter).​  You will need to include official transcripts, brief essay that states your professional goals with Secondary Education and becoming a certified teacher, and pay the Western application fee of $55.

  • Open, print, and complete the Secondary Education application (see links above). There is no fee to apply to Woodring's Secondary Education program. Include unofficial transcripts and essays as directed by the prompts in application.

  • Request letters of recommendation. See for details.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) Secondary Education faculty; and 2) designated academic department advisors.

  • Applicants meeting all requirements will attend a brief, small-group interview (details will be provided after the application deadline).

  • 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 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