WCE Special Education & Content Endorsement Application
Teacher Education Admissions
The Woodring College vision charges faculty and staff with fostering community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities and promote social justice.
In the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership we believe:
All people can live, learn, play and work together in inclusive communities,
All persons have inherent value and make valuable contributions,
In multiple forms of diversity and ways of expression that include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, abilities, sexual orientation, language, religion/non-religion, culture or country of origin.
If you are interested in a professional program focused upon effective teaching intervention and collaboration that will prepare you to work with children, families and other professionals, then we invite you to apply to our program.
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
For program questions contact:
Special Education, Miller Hall 200, 360-650-3330
For application requirements contact:
Teacher Education Admissions, Miller Hall 150, 360-650-3313
Use these checklists to assure submission of a complete application. An incomplete application WILL NOT be reviewed- it is your responsibility to assure you are submitting a complete application.
Applications must include:
All sections of this application completed
All UNOFFICIAL college transcripts, and a WWU Transfer Equivalency Report (if applicable)
3 writing prompts
Signed "Student Conduct Requirements and Agreement" & "Application Review and Decision"
Note: If anything in your application needs to be explained, do so on a separate document and include it with this application.
WWU student or WWU applicant
Completed a minimum of 45 graded credits (not including S/U)
Meet the Basic Skills Requirement (submitted SAT/ACT/WEST-B scores to WWU)
Meet English composition course requirement with a minimum grade of "B-"
Minimum 2.75 GPA overall or for the last 45+ graded credits (Does not include S/U graded credits
or a repeated course)
Quarter of Admission
Application Due Date
Beginning to late March
Late March- April
Beginning of October to mid November
Mid to late November
Mid January to late February
All applicants will be notified of admission decisions via email only.
WWU Student ID:
Year and quarter you are applying for:
OR Area of interest:
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.
Is your first language English?
Are you participating or have participated in one or more of the following programs:
Future Woodring Scholars
Maestros Para el Pueblo at Skagit Community College
Education and Social Justice Minor
ALL ATTACHMENTS MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT.
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.
Basic Skills Assessment
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.
OR: I have taken or will be taking one of the required exams. The score report for the
will be available on:
Indicate of you have completed or met the following prerequisites. Completing prerequisites before applying will expedite the time to program completion.
I took MATH 112 Grade:
I took the WWU ALEKS Math Placement Test
*Minimum score of 45 is required
I took another qualifying course*:
I have not yet met this prerequisite
* Qualifying course information:
If you are an undergraduate, do you have any remaining GUR courses?
Yes, list below
Please respond to each of the following prompts. Each response should be 500 - 1000 words in length. Please word process and use size 12 font and Times New Roman typeface.
Attach PDF writing prompts at the end of this application.
What do you think it takes to be an effective teacher, given the diverse and complex nature of today's classrooms? Please list and describe five specific teacher characteristics. Of these listed characteristics, which two do you consider personal strengths and which two remain areas for further growth?
Respond to the following scenario: It is your first quarter as a student in Woodring College of Education, and you are taking a course in which a school-based practicum or school-based service learning is required. As you enter your placement, which is in an elementary school classroom, you are paired with a student whose primary language differs from your own. What strategies might you use to engage this student?
How might an educator's unacknowledged bias, cultural background, or taken-for-granted assumptions affect their ability to create a safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environment?
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 Special Education students.
Secondary 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
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 acknowledge that by submitting this form they agree to the above.
Application Review and Decision
Each application is reviewed using the following process:
All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and submit a completed application will have that
application reviewed by the Secondary Education faculty after the due date.
Enrollment restrictions apply for each quarter. Applications are evaluated to determine the most qualified
applicant. Each application is reviewed by a faculty admission review team.
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.
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)
DO NOT COMPLETE - Woodring Teacher Education Admission Personnel Only
English Composition Requirement:
Basic Skills Test submitted?
Total College Credits:
Do last 45+ include AP or IB credits?
# of credits:
Number of time applicant has applied to this program, including current application:
Signatures and Attachments
The submitter may optionally enter their email address below. Press SUBMIT to send it.
Your Email Address: