Bellingham Admission

Application Deadline

Apply by March 1st for Fall Quarter program admission.

Application Requirements - Bellingham

Note: The ECE program cannot guarantee a BAE in ECE and/or ECE P-3 teacher certification if the candidate is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 due to the requirements of our partner ECE programs and school districts during required field experiences designed to meet state degree and endorsement standards. 

Admission to Western Washington University and the Woodring College of Education's Early Childhood Education program are both required before a student may begin taking courses in this program, unless prior arrangements have been made. 

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of all WWU General University Requirements (GURs) is highly recommended. Due to the nature of the cohort schedule, it is extremely difficult to complete outstanding GURs and/or program prerequisites while in the program. The following program required courses/prerequisites meet GUR requirements:
    • MATH 371 and MATH 372 - Completes Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR)
    • ELED 310 - Meets BCGM Requirement of Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies
    • SCED 201 - Meets one LSCI Requirement of Natural Sciences
  • Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA, or minimum GPA of 2.75 for last 45 graded college credits. Does not include S/U graded credits or repeated courses. Does include failing grades. GPA is calculated using the WWU grade point system.
  • Undergraduates must have completed a minimum of 45 graded college credits. AP (minimum score of 3) and IB (minimum score of 4) credits count toward the 45 credits. AP or IB science scores are not accepted.
  • English composition course (ENG 101, COMM 101, JOUR 106) with minimum grade of B-.  For other courses, check with Teacher Education Admissions. ​​​​​
  • Basic Skills RequirementStudents seeking a non-certification degree do not need to meet the Basic Skills Requirement.
  • Successful completion (minimum grade of C) of Program Prerequisites:
    • Intermediate college-level algebra course within the past five years (e.g. MATH 111 or MATH 112 at WWU, or MATH 099 at Whatcom Community College or Skagit Valley College, or equivalent) or ALEKS Math Placement Exam score of 45+
    • SCED 201 or equivalent (e.g. PHYS 111 at SVC or PHYSC 104 at WCC)

How To Submit an Application​ - Bellingham

Applications are due March 1 for fall quarter admission.

  • Open and complete the ECE Program Application.
    • Essay Prompt: Woodring College of Education strives to be inclusive of all individuals from diverse populations including, but not limited to, those who have experienced systematic social injustices based on their ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic status, or religion/creed.

      Think of a critical moment that challenged the way that you think about diversity. It could be a time when you were the target of, a witness to, or became aware of a diversity-related incident. In preparing your response, include your thoughts about the following:

      A) How might that critical moment influence your perspective on becoming a teacher?

      B) How does this experience inform your understanding of the Woodring College Vision: 
      Fostering community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice.

  • Attach the Description of Experiences with Children and/or Youth form(s) to your application. Please submit one form for each unique experience.
  • Attach the writing prompt response to your application. Instructions for the writing prompt are listed in the application.
  • Submit your application via the Submit button at the bottom of the application.



Contact ECE Program Coordinator, Megan Brown.