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Certificate Program Application, for adult
and international teaching
Woodring College of Education

WCE/ Elementary Education Department

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Click on the down buttom icon to view eligibility requirements Those interested in obtaining public school teaching licensure, or adding an endorsement to an existing teaching certificate, should contact the Main Office of the Elementary Education office at 360 650-3336 for alternative advising and application procedures .

bullet Recommended for upper-division students. Students with less than 45 credits will need the Directors
approval for acceptance in the TESOL program.
bullet * 3.0 GPA preferred.
bullet Non-native speakers of English are required to have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher, preferably met prior to
beginning the program.
bullet Successful completion of a WA state criminal history background check. This is done after you turn in your application.
bullet One year of college-level study in a foreign language or equivalent (a combination of coursework and
experience or 3 years in high school – must provide high school transcripts for proof) preferably completed prior to beginning the program. Language course work may be taken concurrently with program.
bullet Cross-cultural studies requirement either through college coursework or living/study abroad extensively
  (requires pre-approval).
bullet 2.7 GPA in TESOL classes is required to undertake the practicum and receive the certificate.

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bullet Currently admitted Western students need to fill out the TESOL Program Application only.
bullet Applicants who are not currently admitted to Western will need to fill out the TESOL Program
application. Those applicants who will be applying for federal financial aid will also need to apply to Western for admission; http://admissions.wwu.edu
bullet Please complete the checklist and entire application. Contact the TESOL office for more information
bullet Return completed application to: Western Washington University - TESOL Program

516 High Street, MH301A / MS-9092
Bellingham, WA 98225-9092

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bullet If you need further advising please contact Ellen Kreider at 360-650-7948 and she can direct you to the
  appropriate advisor.
Last name:

First name:


Current mailing address


State Zip code
Current phone number:  ( )

E-mail address:


Permanent address



Zip code

Are you currently admitted to Western Washington University? No Yes If yes, W#:
bullet Have you already been admitted to a Woodring program? No Yes

Name of program?

Deadlines for admission to TESOL Certification Program:
  Please check which quarter you intend to begin courses:
Fall - to matriculate into WWU and/or apply for financial aid:


to enroll directly into TESOL classes through Extended Education:  
Winter - to matriculate into WWU and/or apply for financial aid:  
to enroll directly intoTESOLclasses through Extended Education:  
Spring - to matriculate into WWU and/or apply for financial aid:  
to enroll directly into TESOLclasses through Extended Education :  
Summer intensive program to matriculate into WWU and/or apply for financial aid:  
to enrolldirectly into TESOL classes through Extended Education :  
TESOL certificate program offers a variety of class delivery options: check your preference:
Face to face on the Bellingham campus
A combination of online and face to face in Bellingham
Include a Face-to-face in residency in Queretaro, Mexico
* Submit FAFSA Application: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ 
Submit WWU Admissions Application, Transcripts and Fee: http://admissions.wwu.edu/transfer/x_apply.html 
** Or permission. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis
Complete the following information:
  Language/Learning Experience
  First Language (s):
Additional Language(s) Learning / Experience:
  Dates to/from Description (setting/language) Level completed
  Cross-Cultural Experience  
  Please describe experience you may have had of the following types:  
  1. Extensive travel or living in another culture (exchange student, military).
2. Cultural experience as a member of an ethnic or heritage culture group.
3. Cultural studies (anthropology, ethnic studies, etc.)
  Related Coursework  
  Please list any courses you have taken in the following areas:
1. Language teaching methods (including ESL)
2. Structure or history of the English language.
3. Linguistics, including anthropological linguistics, language acquisition, etc.
  Please send unofficial transcripts electronically to Tesol.forms@wwu.edu. Transcripts should show a minimum of 45 credits of successful college- level coursework, and any courses you want to have considered towards your certificate, such as cultural, foreign language, or linguistics courses you may have taken.  
  Course # and title Institution, quarter/semester, year  
Course # and title Institution, quarter/semester, year
  Course # and title Institution, quarter/semester, year  
  Course # and title Institution, quarter/semester, year  
Statement of Purpose
Explain why you wish to obtain training in teaching English as a second language, and how those skills relate to your career interests.

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