Special Education Majors - Admission

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Quarter: March 1st
  • Winter Quarter: September 15th
  • Spring Quarter: January 15th

Step 1: Review Admission Requirements

Teacher Certification Applicants Must Meet the Following:

  • Complete a minimum of 45 college-level credits by the application due date. This does not apply to transfer applicants with an AA/DTA. AP (min. score of 4) and IB (min. score of 4) credits count towards the 45 credits. AP science scores are not accepted. 
  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ graded credits). Transcripts will be reviewed for purposed of GPA calculation. Unofficial copies should be included in your application. 
  • Basic Test Scores requirement (WEST-B, SAT or ACT); applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement. 
  • English composition course (ENG 101) with a minimum grade of B-. Exams that meet this requirement:
    • AP English Literature or Language, min. score of 4
    • IB English, min. score of 4

Recommended Program Prerequisites:

Completing the program pre-requisites listed below before applying will expedite your time to program completion:

  • EXCE 101
    • Minimum grade of C
    • This is an ACGM GUR
  • MATH 111 or 112 (111 is preferred)
    • Minimum grade of C, OR ALEKS Math Placement Assessment 
      • MATH 111 - ALEKS score min. 30
      • MATH 112 - ALEKS score min. 45
  • SCED 201 and all other Science GURs. **Not required for SPED+ Content Endorsement program
    • Minimum grade of C
    • WWU students must request an override code for SCED 201 from Lori Torres
    • Community College Equivalents: Everett CC - NAT S 107; Skagit CC - PHYS 111; Whatcom CC - PHYSC 104; Lower Columbia CC - PHSC 109

Step 2: Get Your Questions Answered

Department Contact Information

Summer Mitchell, Program Coordinator
Phone: (360) 650-6630
Email: Summer.Mitchell@wwu.edu | Special.Education@wwu.edu 

Step 3: Submit an Application

Open and Complete the Application of your Choice:

Special Education & Elementary Education

Special Education plus Content Endorsement

Special Education Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education


  • If you are not a WWU student, you must apply to WWU. This is a separate application.
  • The Early Childhood Special Education program only admits for fall quarter.
  • All other programs admit quarterly (Fall, Winter, and Spring).
  • If the application due date falls on a date WWU is closed, applications will be due the following business day. 
  • Submit completed applications to TeacherEd.Admissions@wwu.edu

Application Review and Decisions

  • All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and submit a completed application will have their application reviewed by the Special Education faculty.
  • Applications are evaluated to determine the most qualified applicants.
  • The application process takes approximately 4 weeks. Students will be notified by email of admissions decision.