Admission and Registration

Admission Deadlines

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

Step 1

  • Complete a minimum of 45 graded credits by the application due date. This does not apply to transfer applicants with an AA/DTA. AP (minimum score of 3) and IB (minimum score of 4) credits count toward the 45 credits. AP science scores are not accepted. 

  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ credits). Per request, transcripts will be reviewed for purposes of GPA calculation. Email unofficial transcripts to TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu.

  • West-B requirement; applicants may not be admitted without meeting this requirement.

  • English composition course (ENG 101) with minimum grade of B-.  Exams that meet this requirement:
    • AP English Literature or Language, minimum score of 4.
    • IB English, minimum score of 4.
  • MATH 112; this is a GUR
    • Minimum grade of C, OR ALEKS Math Placement Assessment with a minimum score of 45 required
    • A course more than 5 years old will not be honored
    • An intermediate college Algebra course at another institution may substitute (Whatcom and Skagit CC =  Math 99)
  • 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 - contact Lori Torres
    • Community College equivalents to SCED 201 = Everett: NAT S 107, Skagit: PHYS 111, Whatcom: PHYSC 104

This program enables the applicant to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education and work as a para-educator or in the private sector

  • Complete a minimum of 45 graded credits by the application due date. This does not apply to transfer applicants with an AA/DTA. AP (minimum score of 3) and IB (minimum score of 4) credits count toward the 45 credits. AP science scores are not accepted. 

  • 2.50 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ credits). Per request, transcripts will be reviewed for purposes of GPA calculation. Email unofficial transcripts to TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu.

  • English composition course (ENG 101) with minimum grade of B-.  Exams that meet this requirement:
    • AP English Literature or Language, minimum score of 4.
    • IB English, minimum score of 4.

Step 2

Get your questions answered

Special Education Department Contact Information

Step 3

Submit an Application

Due Dates: *If application deadline falls on a date WWU is closed, applications will be due the following business day*

  • Notes: Special Education Early Childhood only admits fall term; All other majors admit Fall, Winter and Spring.
    • Fall Admission - March 1
    • Winter Admission - October 1
    • Spring Admission - January 15
  • Submit complete application to the Teacher Education Admission Office
    • Phone: 360.650.3313
    • Email: TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu
    • Location: Miller Hall 150
    • Address: Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9090
  • Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis.
  • If you are not a WWU student, you must also apply to WWU. This is a separate application with different due dates!!

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 to complete. Students will be notified by email of admissions decision.