Message from the Dean


Welcome to the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University.

We are glad that you are interested in the education and human services programs we provide as well as a range of programs and initiatives “to advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice.”

At Woodring, we strive to achieve the highest quality programs, to continually improve our work, and to address those pressing social issues facing our region and nation.

The Woodring College of Education has a long history of providing professional instruction for human services, rehabilitation counseling, and educational professionals in the greater Northwest region. For well over 100 years, the call to serve has drawn those who strive to learn  the skills, develop dispositions central to their profession, and engage with faculty and peers to address challenges facing individuals, families, schools, social service agencies, and communities.

Woodring College of Education’s continuing commitment is exemplified in the programs for the professional preparation of teachers and school administrators in Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education. It is also exemplified by our programs in Adult and Higher Education, Human Services, and Rehabilitation Counseling. We are pleased to serve as the academic home of our newest program:  the Bachelors in Science in Nursing.

Our programs include both undergraduate and graduate-level offerings. Programs are offered at the main campus in Bellingham as well as off-campus in Bremerton, Everett, and Seattle. Students are placed for practicum experiences throughout the state and nation as well as internationally.

The Woodring College of Education is proud of the talented and dedicated cadre of professional staff and faculty who work there. They are supported in their work by four professional resource centers and school-to-university pathway programs serving students, schools, and communities. And we count Woodring’s students as second to none!

We hope that you find your experience with the Woodring College of Education positive and productive. We stand ready to serve.


Con respeto,

Francisco Rios, Dean
Woodring College of Education