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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. Apply to WWU and the program here: (https://admissions.wwu.edu/apply/location-programs).
  2. Complete WWU GURs, a Direct Transfer AA, or a Bachelor’s Degree.
  3. Grade point average, overall or last 45 credits, of 2.75 or higher.
  4. English composition course with a grade of B- or higher.
  5. 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 our WEST-B website for details and test registration information.

  6. Satisfaction of math pre-requisite*.

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:

  • 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. (Note: Completion of MATH& 107 from a WA State CC does NOT satisfy Western's math pre-req.)
  • Obtain a grade of C or better in Western’s MATH 111 or 112 within the last five years.
  • Obtain a passing score on Western’s ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA). Placement test is available upon offer of admission.

*Students who cannot satisfy the math pre-req will not be allowed to enroll in the program.


Education for Inclusive Environments (P-12 Special Education & K-8 Elementary Education)

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.