Elementary Education


Whether you are a current student in our program or just inquiring, we encourage you to review the information on our website. Earning a teaching certificate can be a complex process at times 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 programs in elementary education are designed to prepare thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society.  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.

Woodring College of Education fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice. We are dedicated to preparing thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society. 

Prospective elementary education students are invited to meet with an advisor for more information about the program. Please contact us to set-up an appointment.

We look forward to meeting you!


ELED Department News

ELED Dept Welcomes Visiting Scholar!

Through a cooperative agreement between Western and Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, we are thrilled to welcome visiting scholar Dr. Suppalerk Tanak or “Klang”. Klang is a lecturer at Faculty of Education, division of curriculum and instruction at KU where he has worked since 2006. He has been teaching courses in elementary education related to ethics for the teaching profession for undergraduate students and Instructional Techn...ology courses for master’s students. His research interests focus on Curriculum and Instruction, ICT, Elementary Education, Ethic and Moral, Social Studies, Leadership, Teaching and Learning. During his visit, he will be working with Dr. Paula Dagnon and has planned to do a research project on the development of Instructional Technology course to enhance in-service teachers’ integration of technology to teach subject matter more effectively. He is joined in Bellingham by his wife, Dr. Akarat Tanak, who is a visiting scholar in SMATE, and their two daughters.