WCE SPED/Elementary & SPED/Early Childhood Appl
Undergraduate/Post Baccalaureate

Teacher Education Admissions

#New Form
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. Unvaccinated students may need to arrange accommodations.
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); eoo@wwu.edu.
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), drs@wwu.edu. 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
sped@wwu.edu | wce.wwu.edu/sped
For application requirements contact:
Teacher Education Admissions, Miller Hall 150, 360-650-3313
TeacherEd.Admissions@wwu.edu | wce.wwu.edu/admissions
Application Directions
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:
Note: If anything in your application needs to be explained, do so on a separate document and include it with this application.
Program Requirements:
Application Deadlines:
Quarter of Admission Application Due Date Application Review Decision Notification
Fall March 1 Beginning to late March Late March- April
Winter October 1 Beginning of October to mid November Mid to late November
Spring January 15 Mid January to late February Late February
All applicants will be notified of admission decisions via email only.
Application Information
*If not currently a WWU student, you must apply directly to the university; a separate application.
College Information
List all 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.
# College Dates Attended Degree Earned Date Completed
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: wce.wwu.edu/admissions/basic-skills-requirement
Please use an "X" to indicate the test you have completed for each area, Reading,
Math and Writing.
Program Recommendations
Indicate if you have completed of met the following recommended courses. Completing these recommended courses prior to applying will expedite the time to program completion.
MATH 112
SCED 201
*Community College equivalents to SCED 201: Everett: NAT S 107; Skagit: PHYS 111; Whatcom: PHYSC 104; Lower Columbia: PHSC 109
EXCE 101
Writing Prompts
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.
Prompt 1
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 three specific teacher characteristics. Of these listed characteristics, which one do you consider personal strength, and which one remains an area for further growth?
Prompt 2
How might an educator's unacknowledged bias 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.
Special 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:
  1. a guilty plea or conviction of any felony crime involving the physical neglect of or physical injury to a child;
  2. the commission of a crime against the laws of the State of Washington;
  3. exhibiting unprofessional or unethical conduct or behavior;
  4. failure to maintain a 2.75 quarterly GPA
Program Completion
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.
Application Review and Decision
Each application is reviewed using the following process:
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.
Application Attachments
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)
  • Writing Prompts
DO NOT COMPLETE - Woodring Teacher Education Admission Personnel Only
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