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Prospective Students - Elementary Education Professional Program

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:

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 TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu.

  • 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

  • The undergraduate Elementary Professional Program is not a major, but leads to teacher certification.

  • Students who desire to pursue this program, must choose and pursue an acceptable major. Usually students may begin taking major coursework prior to admittance to the Elementary Professional Program.

  • Post-baccalaureate applicants are not required to complete a new major, but must request a review of their transcripts to determine if previous course work is program aligned. Email unofficial transcripts to TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu.

  • Program-aligned majors are below. Additional majors may be possible under advisement through the Elementary Dept. Manager, Miller Hall 300.

    • Anthropology
    • Art
    • Environmental Studies
    • French
    • General Science
    • General Science Middle Level
    • Geography
    • Geology (Earth Science)
    • German
    • History
    • Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies*
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology (Human Development)
    • Sociology
    • Spanish

*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
  • Open, print, and complete the application

  • If you are not a WWU student, you must also apply to WWU. This is a separate application.

  • 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

  • TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu

  • Miller Hall 150

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