Admission and Registration

Upon successful program completion, graduates receive a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate. 

Program options are:

Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate Professional Program

Note: For safety reasons, particular courses in this program have received authorization to require that all students registered in the identified courses must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Unvaccinated students may need to arrange accommodations.

Applicants must meet the following:

  • Minimum of 75 college level credits completed by the application due date, or anticipated DTA-AA degree by admissions quarter start date. AP and IB credits can count towards the 75 required credits. For a list of acceptable tests and scores, see Western's Transfer Credit Policies. 

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

  • West-B requirement; applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement.

  • 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

Completing the program pre-requisites listed below before applying will expedite your time to program completion:

  • MATH 112/MATH 111

    • Minimum grade of C, OR ALEKS Math Placement Assessment with a minimum score of 45 required

    • Course more than 5 years old will not be honored

    • For non-WWU students this is an intermediate college Algebra course (e.g. MATH 99 at Whatcom CC or Skagit Valley College)

  • SCED 201

    • Required for all program options

    • Minimum grade of C

    • WWU students must request an override code for SCED 201 - contact Lori Torres

    • WWU students are encouraged to also take SCED 202, 203, and 204 for remaining Natural Science GURs

    • Community College equivalents = Everett CC NAT S 107, Skagit CC PHYS 111, Whatcom CC PHYSC 104

  • MLE 441

    • MLE 441 is also a requirement for the English Language Learner/Bilingual Endorsement Program, the Multilingual Education Minor, and the BAE in Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies

    • Minimum grade of C

    • LING 201 or ELL 431 completed with a minimum grade of C prior to Fall 2022 will be accepted in place of MLE 441

Program-Aligned Majors

*Admission to the Elementary Program is required to declare this major.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Admission - March 1

Winter Admission - September 15

Spring Admission - January 15

Submit an Application​

  • Due Dates:
    • Fall Admission - March 1
    • Winter Admission - September 15
    • Spring Admission - January 15
  • If you are not a WWU student, you must also apply to WWU. This is a separate application.

  • Submit a complete application to the Teacher Education Admission Office (

  • All applications must be submitted digitally, please do not mail in your application.

Teacher Education Admission Contact Information

360.650.6161, phone

Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA   98225-9090