FAQ

No, at this time we do not offer such a program.  Our master’s program is set up specifically for those who have their teacher’s certificate and can be currently teaching while taking our program.  See our Graduate Program page for further information.

Yes you do, for every college attended except Western, but we can work with unofficial transcripts.

No, but you are encouraged to attend one of the quarterly meetings that will give you tips on applying to Elementary Education.  Typically, these occur Monday before or during Finals Week, late in the afternoon.  Look for the most up-to-date schedule announcement on the Admission website or contact Elementary Education at 360-650-3336 or Teacher Education Admissions at 360-650-3313.

We calculate your GPA two ways; over all college-level courses you have taken at all colleges, and over the last 45 quarter credits.  You should apply if you meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.75.  Currently, the average for applicants is about 3.2.  Remember, this is an average score, and many students are admitted who have earned less than that.  Our application form includes questions that ask you to share other strengths you have as well.  Once admitted to the Elementary Education program, you must maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher every quarter thereafter; including the quarter you were admitted.

Each quarter and year is different, so it is impossible to predict.  We are now accepting about 100 students per year, with the quarterly numbers varying slightly.

In order to earn your ELL endorsement, you must have the equivalent of at least one year of college-level foreign language study and have met our cultural study requirement through academic class work or through extensive living in a single foreign culture. This can be earned in a variety of ways. One year of high school language is equal to 1 quarter at Western. So you might have two years of high school and one quarter of college language. Or you might have two years of high school French and one year of high school Spanish. You might also be able to count language study living abroad. You will want to check with Jennifer Green, ELL advisor, if you have a question about what counts for your particular situation and what options you might have.

The state reviews the cut-off scores periodically.  For now, it remains at 240 for each sub-test.

No.  WEST-B scores do not expire, but you must be certain that your official WEST-B scores were sent to Western.  If they were not sent to Western at the time you took the WEST-B, you must order an official score report.  Forms for this are available on the WEST-B website.

Elementary Education is not a major in itself.  You will need to choose an approved academic major (see list on the Elementary Education Program sheet) and the Elementary Education certificate will entitle you to teach grades K-8.  If you are completing certification as part of your undergraduate degree, you should be able to finish in eight or nine quarters depending on the size of your academic major.  The majority of the program is a regular on-campus, daytime program.  Post baccalaureate students can expect to take about 6-7 quarters depending on if additional coursework is needed to meet department or state endorsement requirements. 

No, it is not flexible.  If you are unsure whether your overall GPA or "last 45" GPA meets this requirement, contact Teacher Education Admissions for help.

You will need to complete the requirements included in your letter of acceptance.  They are also listed on the Admissions website.

The fingerprinting will need to be done and Character and Fitness questionnaire completed before you can register for any class that takes place in the public schools. Once cleared, the fingerprinting will be valid for two years but often you will need to renew it in order to be in compliance for your student teaching internship. The Prevention of Sexual Harassment Workshop and Blood Borne Pathogens Training are always offered at the beginning of the quarter. You will need to meet all of these requirements upon being admitted to the program.  Check with the Office of Field Experiences for dates and times.

No, we do not collect Teacher Academy portfolios for review.  We do value these experiences and expect that you will include them as you respond to the questions on the application.

Students applying to teacher education programs in the State of Washington must, by Washington State law, meet the WEST-B (Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic) requirement. This may be done by: a) passing the West-B exam, b) SAT minimum scores, c) ACT minimum scores. See our West-B website for details: www.west.nesinc.com  Passing scores must be on file by the application date.

We expect you to plan ahead so this won't happen; however, if you know that your WEST-B results will arrive less than a week past the application deadline, you must submit a Petition to Elementary Education asking that you application be reviewed without WEST-B scores and state the date your scores will arrive at Western. 

Students seeking teacher certification must pass the knowledge assessment for each subject in which they are seeking an endorsement prior to their full time student teacher quarter. Visit the WEST-E website for full information on this test.

All undergraduate and post baccalaureate students must apply and be accepted by both WWU and the Elementary Education Department of Woodring College of Education (WCE). Western undergraduate students apply to Elementary Education  for admission once they have completed at least 45 credits. Transfer students may apply to WWU and Elementary Education at the same time (highly recommended) or soon after transferring if they have met all of the admission requirements to Elementary Education. Applications are accepted for fall, winter, and spring quarter.