Elementary Education Professional Program


Whether you are a current student in our program or just inquiring, we encourage you to review the information on our website. Earning an elementary teaching certificate can be a complex process and it is to your advantage to familiarize yourself with the various forms, deadlines, requirements and materials to make your time in our program successful.

The Elementary Professional Program is designed to prepare thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society. This aligns with Woodring College of Education's vision to foster community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice. Consistent with national and state standards for what teachers should know and be able to do, the elementary education curriculum is a carefully sequenced professional program that is firmly backed by current research on effective teaching and learning. We encourage our students to solve problems, make good decisions, and show respect. 

Prospective elementary education students are invited to meet with an advisor for more information about the program. Please contact ​Molly Baumann, Program Coordinator, to set-up an appointment. 

Two important things to note: 

  • the undergraduate Elementary Professional Program leads to teacher certification. Students who desire to pursue this program must also choose and pursue a program-aligned major (with the exception of post-baccalaureate students). Depending on the major, students often begin taking major coursework prior to admittance into the Elementary Professional Program. Click HERE for a list of approved majors. 
  • Are you early in your time at WWU and still completing GURs but know the Elementary Program is for you? In addition to starting on your major courses, take a look at recommended courses to fulfill your GURs that will simultaneously prepare you for teaching. 

Contact Us

Miller Hall 300, MS 9092
Phone: 360.650.3336


Program Director

Program Coordinator