Admission and Registration

Application Deadlines:

Fall Admission - March 1

Winter Admission - October 1

Spring Admission - January 15

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

Program options are:

Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate Professional Program

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

    • 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

  • LING 201

    • May take ELL 431 (or ENG 370) in place of LING 201 (ELL 431 is included in the Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies major)

    • Other courses might apply, but only with approval of Elementary Education Department - 360.650.7948 or Miller Hall 301D.

    • Minimum grade of C

Program-Aligned Majors

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

Submit an Application​

  • Due Dates:
    • Fall Admission - March 1
    • Winter Admission - October 1
    • Spring Admission - January 15
  • Complete the application

  • 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

360.650.3310, phone

360.650.6583, fax

Miller Hall 150

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