WCE Elementary Education Application
Teacher Education Admissions
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The Woodring Elementary Education Program fosters an environment that honors all human diversity. All members of the Elementary Education Program (students, staff, and faculty) are committed to holding one another accountable for rejecting entrenched inequalities in our curriculum and instruction, and to cultivating new possibilities for teacher education. In line with this, the Elementary Education Certification Program is grounded in culturally responsive, antiracist, anti-bias, social justice pedagogy and committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.
We welcome applicants who demonstrate a clear commitment to examining their own identities* and privileges and how these factors impact their teaching.
We welcome applicants who:
are committed to meeting the needs of diverse learners in Washington and U.S classrooms, and in particular students from communities that have been historically marginalized,
and are prepared to engage with families and communities in ways that honor the dignity and humanity of all students.
We strongly encourage applications from members of groups who have been, and still are, underrepresented in the teacher workforce.
*By identity we mean to include such categorical markers as race, ethnicity, culture, language, socioeconomic group, gender and sexual identities, abilities, religion, immigration status, and lived experiences.
Western Washington University (WWU), in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.
Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345, MS 9021, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360- 650-3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org.
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request an accommodation, please contact disAbility Resources for Students, Old Main 120, 360- 650-3083 (voice) or 360-650-7175 (VP), email@example.com. A one-week advance notice is appreciated.
To request this document in an alternate format, please contact Woodring Admissions, 360.650.3310, TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu.
Western Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Institution
Use these checklists to assure submission of a complete application. An incomplete application
be reviewed- it is your responsibility to assure you are submitting a complete application.
ALL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT. ALL WRITTEN RESPONSES MUST BE IN DOC, DOCX or PDF FORMAT.
Step 1 - Review to make sure you are or have:
Meet the Minimum Eligibility Criteria
WWU student or WWU applicant
a minimum 2.75 GPA overall or for the last 45+ graded credits (Does notinclude: S/U graded credits or a repeated course. Does include failing grades. GPA is calculated using the WWU grade point system. Upon request, we willevaluate GPA prior to applying to the program)
Meet English composition course requirement with a minimum grade of "B-"
Meet the basic skills (WEST-B) requirement
enclosed copies of all UNOFFICIAL college transcripts and WWU Transfer Equivalency Report
signed the Student Conduct Requirements and Agreement & Application Review and Decision
completed all portions of the application
Note: If anything in your application needs to be explained, do so on a separate document and include it with this application.
Step 2 - Submit application by due date & review timeline
Application Due Date
Fall - March 1
Beginning to late March
Beginning to late April
Winter - October 1
October to mid November
Mid to late November
Spring - January 15
Mid January to late February
All applicants will be notified of admission decisions via email only.
The admissions committee will take the following into consideration when we review your
Written or Recorded response about the following:
Commitment to becoming a culturally responsive, anti-racist, anti-biased, social justice oriented educator and developing a commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination
Ability to reflect on and learn from experience
Faculty and staff evidence-based input
Progress towards completing GURs and major requirements
The program will admit approximately 30 applicants each quarter.
The State of Washington requests the following from teacher education applicants, however the information
be used in the review of your application:
Which most closely reflects the highest education level of your parent(s) and/or guardian(s)?
Some high school, high school diploma, or GED
Some college, college, graduate school
Is your first language English?
Woodring requests the following from teacher education applicants; however, the information
be used in the review of your application:
Are you participating in or have you participated in
Family & Community Engaged Teaching (FACET)
Have you declared or are you planning to declare the
Education and Social Justice Minor
WWU Student ID:
WWU Enrollment Status:
Current WWU Student
Applying to WWU*
*If not currently a WWU student, you must apply directly to the university; a separate application.
Expected date of completion for DTA/GURs*
or completion of DTA/GURs by anticipated start date of ELED Program
*GURs that you can complete during the program: QSR (MATH 381 & MATH 382), SCED 201
Are you declared in a major?
My declared major is
What major do you plan to declare?
Please indicate if you have been in either of the following organizations. Students in these organizations
are given admission priority.
Maestros Para el Pueblo (Skagit Valley College)
Future Woodring Scholars
colleges and submit UNOFFICIAL transcripts for all college credit received.
Current WWU students: Include a Transfer Equivalency Report for all transfer credits (including AP & IB).
Attach PDF transcripts at the end of this application.
Indicate below which basic skills assessment you have completed for each subject area. Scores must be sent to WWU from the testing company to be considered official. We do not accept paper score reports for any exam. For more information visit:
Please use an "X" to indicate the test you have completed for each area, Reading, Math and Writing.
I have taken or will be taking one of the required exams. The score report for the
will be available on:
*For more information visit: wce.wwu.edu/admissions/west-b-requirement
Additional Endorsement Information
The Elementary Education Department requests the following from teacher education applicants; however, the information
be used in the review of your application:
Additional Endorsement(s) (optional). Please select the additional endorsement(s) you would like to earn from the list below.
Endorsements are not the same as minors. Endorsements are subject areas and grade levels educators are qualified to teach.
Every student completing the Elementary Education Professional Program will earn the Elementary Education Endorsement K-8th.
Students have the option to add on additional endorsements by completing additional coursework on top of their major and program.
Some majors include the coursework required to add additional endorsements.
Some endorsements require specific majors.
English Language Learners P-12th (Coursework included in Language Literacy and Cultural Studies, BAE)
Bilingual Education P-12th (Coursework included in Language Literacy and Cultural Studies, BAE)
Reading (Coursework included in Language Literacy and Cultural Studies, BAE)
Middle Level Science 4th-9th (Must major in Middle Level General Science, BAE to add this
Essay Response (Written or Audio Recording)
The focus is on the content and responsiveness to the priorities of equity and learning, NOT grammar
Tips for Writing/Recording
Keep these tips in mind while you work on writing:
Develop your thoughts before you begin the writing process, and potentially create an outine
The maximum word count for the essay is
, but we recommend planning for
. Recorded pieces should be no longer than
Allow time to develop and revisit your writing/speaking.
Ask someone to proofread your final version or seek advice from a resource such as a Writing Center. Or, make sure your audio is clear without background noise.
If you audio record, the file must be saved as .mp3, .m4a, .mp4, .wav. Please do not submit any video with your recording. You might use apps like voice recorder or programs like Audacity or GarageBand. Please do not add any music to the recording.
Written responses must be submitted as doc, docx, or .pdf
Be personal, genuine, and candid in your writing or speaking.
Format for Writing/Recording
Name your file in the following way: Last name, First name_Essay Response
Example: Smith, Joan_Essay response
Include your name on each page of your written response or state your name at the start
of your audio recording.
Copy and paste the part of the question you are responding to into your document as a
header and then write your response below it or state the part of the question you are
responding to before responding in your audio recording.
Please describe one or more of your life experiences (within or outside of a school context) that have been significant in helping you understand the importance of equity, diversity, privilege, and social justice.
From those life experiences, identify specific lessons that you have learned and how they have shaped your world view.
What would it mean for you to be a teacher who is committed to equity, diversity, antiracism, anti-bias, and social justice.
Attach your PDF written response or MP3, M4A, MP4, or WAV audio response at the end of this application.
Student Conduct Agreement and Requirement
Students accepted into teacher certification programs at Western Washington University will have opportunities to work in public or private schools with students, teachers, administrators and parents. Our students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in all interactions with all individuals. As a means of emphasizing the importance of appropriate behavior, the following policies apply to all Woodring College Elementary Education students. Elementary Education applicants and admitted students may be denied admission, withdrawn from a course or practicum/field experience, the student teaching internship, or the certification program for any of the following reasons:
a guilty plea or conviction of any felony crime involving the physical neglect of or physical injury to a child;
the commission of a crime against the laws of the State of Washington;
exhibiting unprofessional or unethical conduct or behavior;
failure to maintain a 2.75 quarterly GPA
To qualify for program completion and recommendation for state of Washington Residency certification, students must complete the following requirements and assessments:
A baccalaureate or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Successful completion (grade of C or better) of all Woodring coursework and trainings, including preparation in an endorsable subject area and teaching methodologies.
A state-approved, performance-based teacher preparation program that includes preparation in an endorsable subject area, teaching methodologies, and an internship.
Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness
Passing scores as set by the State of Washington on the content knowledge test(s) for each endorsement.
Successful completion of the student teaching internship as shown by performance on the InTASC Student Teaching Observation Tool.
I understand that information concerning admitted students may be shared with school district personnel to determine if a field placement may and should be made, or if a placement should continue; and that the Woodring College of Education cannot override the decision of school district personnel. Practicum and Internship placements are dependent on school district approval.
I understand that final admission will be based on Washington State Patrol and FBI fingerprint and Pre-Residency Character and Fitness Questionnaire clearance, and completion of required Woodring Teacher Education New Student Orientation.
I also understand that acceptance into the program and completion of the program does not guarantee the granting of a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate.
I agree to abide by the above policies and certify, to the best of my knowledge, that all statements contained in this application are true and accurate.
I acknowledge that by submitting this form they agree to the above.
Elementary Education Department Guiding Principles
The five guiding principles listed below were developed by faculty in the Elementary Education Department during an extensive series of program revision meetings from 2014-2016. We see these principles as reflecting the key elements of a professional identity guided by the moral and ethical ideals they represent. As faculty in the program we charge ourselves with supporting our students in the development of their own professional identities informed by these principles. These principles serve also as the fundamental professional dispositions which we hold ourselves accountable for in our interactions with our teacher candidates.
Our Overarching Commitment:
To prepare teacher candidates who will educate students as citizens for a sustainable, globally interconnected, and diverse society in a way that challenges inequities and promotes social justice.
Teacher candidates will develop and enact a strengths-based stance and growth mindset
toward themselves and toward learners, their families, and their communities and
recognize that all people have assets to draw upon.
Teacher candidates will develop and enact an ethic of care and a sense of responsibility for relating to learners of all ages with receptivity, relatedness, and responsiveness.
Teacher candidates will develop and enact an understanding of equity and diversity and their impact on teaching and learning.
Teacher candidates will develop and enact a deep understanding of disciplinary/interdisciplinary content and of teaching and learning as intellectual endeavors.
Teacher candidates will develop and enact a commitment to the fundamentally collaborative nature of teaching and learning and to the importance of collaborative partnerships that promote the learning and well-being of individuals, families, and the community.
Professional Behavior and Participation
In addition to developing and enacting understandings related to the guiding principles, we also expect candidates to conduct themselves in program-related activities according to the following guidelines for professional behavior and participation:
Candidates will consistently meet the expectations of scheduled commitments
Candidates will consistently demonstrate professional responsibility, conduct, productivity, and effort necessary to meet professional responsibilities
Candidates will communicate effectively, appropriately and professionally with peers, instructors, school personnel, and school students, both in person and via electronic media
Candidates will consistently maintain confidentiality of privileged information and conduct themselves with honesty and integrity.
Dispositions and Professional Behavior and Participation Affirmation
During your time in the program, you will be periodically assessed by teams of faculty with respect to your ability to understand and enact the guiding principles and expectations for professional behavior and participation with increasing reliability and sophistication during your course work and school practicum experiences. We see these principles as reflecting the key elements of a professional identity guided by the moral and ethical ideals they represent. We hold ourselves accountable, as faculty in the program, with supporting you in this developmental process, and with conducting ourselves in a manner that is consistent with these principles and expectations.
I understand that these guiding principles and professional behavior and participation expectations are the foundation on which the program is built, and that my performance, in part, will be assessed in relation to these principles and expectations.
I acknowledge that by submitting this form they agree to the above.
Please attach the following:
In PDF format:
All UNOFFICIAL transcripts including WWU Academic History from Web4U (if applicable)
Transfer Equivalency Report from Web4U (if applicable)
In PDF, DOC, or DOCX format:
If anything in application needs to be explained: the explanation as a separate
In PDF, DOC, DOCX, MP3, M4A, MP4, or WAV format
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