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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.

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

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

Bellingham Applicants must meet the following:

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

  • Completion of most General University Requirements (GURs).  Due to the nature of the cohort schedule, it is extremely difficult to fit in outstanding GURs and/or program prerequisites while in the program.
    • Program Prerequisites:
      • Successful completion (minimum grade of C) of an intermediate college-level algebra course within the past five years (e.g. 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
  • 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.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits.
  • Basic Skills RequirementStudents seeking a non-certification degree do not need to meet the West-B requirement.
  • English composition course (ENG 101, COMM 101, JOUR 106) with minimum grade of B-.  For other courses, check with Teacher Education Admissions. ​​​​​

More information on the Bellingham Application Process/Requirements, click here.

Bremerton Applicants must meet the following:

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

  • Completion of a transferable Associate of Arts Degree (DTA) or an AAS-T in ECE degree (plus approximately 20 more general education credits to satisfy DTA requirements) from a Washington State community college will satisfy all WWU's General University Requirements.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits.
  • Meeting the West-B basic skills requirement.  This may be met by: a) passing the West-B exam, b) SAT minimum scores, c) ACT minimum scores.  See West-B website for more information. Students seeking a non-certification degree do not need to meet the West-B requirement.

More information on the Bremerton Application Process/Requirements, click here.

How To Submit an Application​ - Bellingham applications due date: March 1 for fall quarter admission. Bremerton priority application due date: March 1, but applications accepted through June.  The program only admits once per year, in the fall.

  • Bellingham Students: Open, print, and complete the application. Open and word process the Description of Experiences Word Document  (You must have one form for each experience).  Completed applications can be submitted to Teacher Education Admissions via email (TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu), in person (MH 150), mail (Teacher Ed Admissions, 516 High Street, MS 9090, Bellingham, WA 98225) or fax (360.650.6583).  
  • Bremerton Students: click here for the application.  Instructions for submitting completed applications can be found on the application.  
  • If you are not a current WWU student, you must also apply to the university.  This is a separate application.  Click here for University Admissions.

Questions?

Contact ECE Program Coordinator, Megan Brown, at Megan.Brown@wwu.edu