Secondary Education

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The Secondary Education program is designed for students who want to become teachers at the middle or high school level. The program leads to a recommendation to the State of Washington for a teaching certificate with an endorsement in at least one subject area. Early advising is highly encouraged to ensure your eligibility to apply- contact Woodring Advising at

Secondary Education offers two teacher preparation programs for those wishing to teach in middle and/or high school and receive certification in Washington State.  Applicants must have academic preparation to teach in a specific content area by meeting the requirements in their endorsement ("content area", "academic subject", "major", and "endorsement" are often synonymous with the middle/high school classroom subject).

The Secondary Education curriculum is carefully sequenced to provide professional, comprehensive, learning and field-focused experiences. To learn about the core values that guide our program, see the department's Guiding Principles. Candidates who successfully complete Secondary Education programs are recommended for residency teacher certification in the state of Washington.

Meet a Student

profile photo of Miguel Gonzalez Ramirez with the text "A conversation with Miguel Gonzalez Ramirez, Master's In Teaching Student, Co-founder of the Latinx Men in Higher Education club, Woodring College of Education"
A photo of the ethnic student center on the left with the words "Master's In Teaching, History Major, Minor in Latin American Studies" on the right.
text saying "if you can have even one person rooting for you, it makes all the difference. I want my students to feel like they have that support and belief."
a photo of Miguel in the diversity, recruitment, and retention office with the the quote "I knew that I wanted to teach history in high school and that's why I came to Western".

Contact Us

Phone:  360-650-3327
Location:  Miller Hall 400
General inquiries:

Department Chair, Professor Longoria
Department Manager, Janna Cecka, 360-650-3347 or Calendly