Secondary Education

Please note- a new application form with changes to some requirements and essay prompts will be posted by mid July 2017. Contact for updates!

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 experience 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

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 Music or PE/Health Fitness pre-advising is also 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.

  • 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, preferably in public schools.

  • 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 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 (note- the application will be updated by mid July 2017 for winter 2018 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) Secondary Education faculty; and 2) designated academic department advisors.

  • 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