Secondary Education

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

PROGRAM OPTIONS

  1. Undergraduate 

  2. Post-Baccalaureate 

  3. Masters in Teaching

Each option leads to a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with an endorsement(s) 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).

Program Information

Undergraduate Program - Prepare to Apply

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.

  • At the start of the program, candidates will be required to: 

    1. Have all GURs completed

    2. Have no more than 10 endorsement credits to complete (courses may be in progress at the time you apply, but only 10 credits may be remaining when the program begins).

  • Admitted applicants may not have more than 10 endorsement credits to complete. The only exception is in Health/Fitness (PE).
    • Health/Fitness applicants follow a different pathway through the endorsement/content courses and program admission. There is a prescribed sequence of coursework that must be followed -  PEHR flyer for program requirements and sequence. Contact Health/Fitness Advisor Stacy Halbakken at: 
  • Meet minimum GPA of 2.75 through either: a) all college coursework, or b) last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate GPA in advance of applying.

  • Meet the West-B basic skills requirement by: a) Passing the West-B exam, OR b) Minimum SAT scores, OR c) Minimum ACT scores. See West-B for details. Applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement.

  • 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 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.

  • 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:

Teacher Education Admissions
Woodring College of Education, Miller Hall 150
516 High St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-9090
Email: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3310
Fax: (360) 650-6583

Post-Baccalaureate Program - Prepare to Apply

  • Seek advising prior to applying

  • Application Due Dates:

    • Fall - April 1

    • Winter - September 1

  • Students not currently enrolled in WWU (or WWU students who will have at least a one term break between earning their BA/BS and applying to this program), 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. In advance of applying, you must request a review of your 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.

  • At the start of the program, candidates will be required to have no more than 10 endorsement credits to complete (courses may be in progress at the time you apply, but only 10 credits may be remaining when the program begins).

  • Applicants need to make sure they are pursuing an approved endorsement. See the above list or seek our advising prior to applying.

  • Meet minimum GPA of 2.75 through either: a) all college coursework, or b) last 45+ credits. Upon request, we will review your transcript and calculate GPA in advance of applying.

  • Meet the West-B basic skills requirement by: a) Passing the West-B exam, OR b) Minimum SAT cores, OR c) Minimum ACT scores.See West-B for details. Applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement.

  • 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 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.

  • 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:

Teacher Education Admissions
Woodring College of Education, Miller Hall 150
516 High St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-9090
Email: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3310
Fax: (360) 650-6583

Masters in Teaching Program - Prepare to Apply

  • Application Due Dates:

    • Fall - April 1

    • Winter - September 1

  • Make sure you have completed a degree aligned to one of our program approved endorsable majors.

  • At the start of the program, candidates will be required to have no more than 10 endorsement credits to complete (courses may be in progress at the time you apply, but only 10 credits may be remaining when the program begins).

  • 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.

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. 

  • 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.