Prospective Students - Early Childhood Education

Important information regarding admission requirements are listed below.  Please read thoroughly and let us know if you have any questions.

Upon successful program completion, graduates receive a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate. Program options are:

Non-Certification & Certification Programs (Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate)

Applicants must meet the following:

  • Completion of most GURs (does not apply to transfer applicants with an AA/DTA). It is very difficult to take any GURs if admitted to the program.

  • Undergraduates must have 45 graded credits completed by the application due date. 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.

  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative & last 45+ credits). Per request, 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.

Applicants are highly encouraged to complete the following prerequisites before applying:

  • MATH 112

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

    • Courses 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

    • 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 and 203 for remaining Natural Science GURs

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

Submit an Application

  • Due Date is March 1 for Fall admission.  *This is the only term students are admitted to the program. 

  • Open, print, and complete the application. Open and word process the Description of Experiences Word Document  (You must have one form for each experience).

  • If you are not a WWU student, you must also apply to WWU. That is a separate application and the due date for fall transfers and post-bac students to WWU is March 1 

  • Submit complete application to the Teacher Education Admission Office (contact information below).

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