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Western’s nontraditional teacher preparation program is designed for students who hold a transferable Associate of Arts degree (DTA) from a Washington State community college, have satisfied Western's General University Requirements, or have a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking teacher certification.

  1. Admitted to or have applied to WWU.
  2. Complete the Program Application.
  3. Complete WWU GURs, a Direct Transfer AA, or a Bachelor’s Degree.
  4. Grade point average, overall or last 45 credits, of 2.75 or higher.
  5. English composition course with a grade of B- or higher.
  6. Satisfaction of Basic Skills Requirement.

    Applicants to teacher education programs in the State of Washington are required to take a basic skills assessment for admission, but candidates will no longer need to achieve a specific passing score. This may be met by: a) Taking the West-B exam, b) SAT scores, c) ACT scores. See the Woodring admissions website: wce.wwu.edu/admissions/basic-skills and the West-B website: http://www.west.nesinc.com/.

  7. Satisfaction of math pre-requisite. (NOTE: This is a pre-requisite and not an Admission Requirement)

    Students are required to take Math 381, Math 382, and Math 383 to satisfy requirements for teacher certification. Math 381 is offered during the first quarter of enrollment and the pre-req must be met prior to beginning the program. The pre-req can be met in one of the following ways:

    1. Obtain a grade of C or better in an Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, or Pre-Calculus course at a regionally accredited college or university within the last five years.
    2. Obtain a grade of C or better in Western’s MATH 112 within the last five years.
    3. Obtain a passing score on Western’s ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA). Placement test is available upon offer of admission.


Education for Inclusive Environments

The Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) with Education for Inclusive Environments major program includes residency teacher certificate and dual endorsements in elementary and special education.

Elementary Education Professional Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Residency Teacher Certificate with elementary education endorsement program is for candidates who hold a bachelor's degree.

Early Childhood Education 

The Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) with Early Childhood Education major includes both a non-cert. option as well as a certification option for students seeking P-3 residency certification. 

For safety reasons, particular courses in this program have received authorization to require that all students registered in the identified courses must be vaccinated for COVID-19.