A statement of support

A statement to students from the Office of the Dean

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Message from the Dean

Dr. Horacio Walker, Dean, Woodring College of Education

Welcome to the Woodring College of Education on the beautiful campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Woodring is proud of its reputation for offering high quality programs to prepare teacher candidates to support student learning and development, and to prepare professionals in health and community studies.

As a College, we are committed to removing barriers that prevent many young people and non-traditional students from low-income families and underrepresented groups from accessing high quality education and human services.  We are committed to developing and sustaining practices that promote social justice and a more equitable society. We are determined to reflect this vision in all of our undergraduate and graduate level programs, both on the Bellingham campus and in our off-campus sites and outreach programs in Bremerton, Everett and Seattle.  

The College is a learning community in which all faculty, staff and students contribute knowledge, skills and life experiences.   We want all students to have abundant opportunities to pose questions, learn from errors, solve problems, think critically, and work with others in a culturally responsive manner.  We want them to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to work in diverse and challenging work contexts and be successful in their professional careers.  We affirm the importance of excellence in teaching to support learning processes.

The Woodring College of Education offers initial teacher preparation in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary and Special Education.   At the graduate level, we offer programs in Adult and Higher Education, Teaching, Language and Literacy, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Education Leadership and Administration. The College also offers a Bachelor’s in Human Services, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and a minor in Education for Social Justice. Our four resource centers support these programs by offering supplemental technology and materials to strengthen curricula, teaching and student learning.

We believe in strong partnerships with schools, other colleges and universities, and community organizations, at the local, regional, national and international levels. These connections contribute significantly to ensuring our programs’ relevancy in meeting the needs and challenges of the institutions that will employ our future graduates. They also expose us to real problems experienced in different world contexts.

The Woodring College of Education recognizes the importance of quality, rigorous, creative and applied research. We believe than advancing knowledge in our academic disciplines contributes to a better understanding of the complex issues underlying our College’s vision and mission.

We look forward to having you join the Woodring community.

Horacio Walker