Programs & Prerequisites

Secondary Education Programs

The three different Secondary Education Programs are:

  • Undergraduate program 
  • Post Bac program 
  • Master in Teaching (MIT) program

Here is a table that will help you decide which secondary education program is right for you. 

 

Once you have decided on the best program for you, make sure to complete the required prerequisites before applying to the program.  Below you will find information about the required prerequisites for each program

Program Prerequisites

  1. Schedule advising with Janna Cecka, janna.cecka@wwu.edu, the secondary Education adviser, as soon as you become interested in teaching.

  2. Before the application deadline (February 1 for fall quarter admission or September 1 for winter quarter admission) make sure to do the following:

    • Get a signed endorsement evaluation showing no more than 10 endorsement or major credits outstanding once you begin the SEC program. The Woodring endorsement site has information about which academic endorsement advisor to contact for this evaluation. Schedule an appointment with your academic endorsement advisor between Oct.-May, and take an evaluation form, unofficial transcripts, and a transfer equivalency report (only if you have transfer credits) to your appointment (Janna Cecka, janna.cecka@wwu.edu, can help you with this process).

    • Have passing scores by the application deadline to meet the WEST-B requirement: a) WEST-B exam, b) SAT min. scores, and/or c) ACT min. scores. For details, see the WEST-B Requirement website.

    • Experience working with youth in an educational setting, with preference to public secondary schools.

    • Experience with youth and families in diverse socio-economic, cultural, linguistic settings, and/or evidence of experience and academic knowledge with multicultural and social justice issues and challenges.

    • Completion of an English composition course with a grade of “B-” or higher.

    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 credits.

    • Two letters of recommendation addressing your potential for success in teacher education. One letter must be from someone (such as a professor) who can attest to your academic ability and knowledge in your major/endorsement. One letter must be from someone who has supervised your experience with youth in an educational setting. Letters may not be from family, friends, etc.  

    • Completed Woodring Secondary Education Undergraduate Application form, including essays and all supplemental materials.

  1. Schedule advising with Janna Cecka,  janna.cecka@wwu.edu, the secondary Education adviser, as soon as you become interested in teaching.

  2. Before the application deadline (February 1 for fall quarter admission or September 1 for winter quarter admission) make sure to do the following:

    • Official passing WEST-E or NES score: take exam at least 4-6 weeks prior to the application deadline and request scores sent to WWU.

    • It is recommended to get an endorsement evaluation by TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu and to complete missing courses from this evaluation. However, passing the NES/WEST-E content test waives the requirement of completing all endorsement courses

    • Complete required methods courses associated with your content area. This is recommended before starting the post bac program, but you may complete up to 10 remaining credits of methods courses during the post bac program if necessary.

    • Passing scores by the application deadline to meet the WEST-B requirement: a) WEST-B exam, b) SAT min. scores, and/or c) ACT min. scores. For details, see the WEST-B Requirement website.

    • Experience working with youth in an educational setting, with preference to public secondary schools.

    • Experience with youth and families in diverse socio-economic, cultural, linguistic settings, and/or evidence of experience and academic knowledge with multicultural and social justice issues and challenges.

    • Completion of an English composition course with a grade of “B-” or higher.

    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 credits.

    • Two letters of recommendation addressing your potential for success in teacher education. One letter must be from someone (such as a professor) who can attest to your academic ability and knowledge in your major/endorsement. One letter must be from someone who has supervised your experience with youth in an educational setting. Letters may not be from family, friends, etc.  

    • Completed Woodring Secondary Education Post-Baccalaureate Application form, including essays and all supplemental materials.

  3. Apply to Western Admissions as a Post-Baccalaureate. You will need to be admitted to Western the same quarter you plan to begin the secondary education program.

  1. Schedule advising with Victor Nolet at Victor.Nolet@wwu.edu as soon as you become interested in the MIT program.

  2. Before the application deadline (February 1 for fall quarter admission September 1 for winter quarter admission) make sure to do the following:

    • Official passing WEST-E or NES score: take exam at least 4-6 weeks prior to the application deadline and request scores sent to WWU. If applying without a bachelor’s degree at time of application, an attempt must be made to pass the exam by the application deadline; and if admitted, to have degree and passing score before the first day of MIT classes.

    • It is recommended to get an endorsement evaluation by your academic endorsement advisor and to complete missing courses from this evaluation. However, passing the NES/WEST-E content test waives the requirement of completing all endorsement courses

    • Complete required methods courses associated with your content area. This is recommended before starting the MIT program, but you may complete up to 10 remaining credits of methods courses during the MIT program if necessary.

    • Passing scores by the application deadline to meet the WEST-B requirement: a) WEST-B exam, b) SAT min. scores, and/or c) ACT min. scores. For details, see the WEST-B Requirement website.

    • Experience with youth in an educational setting with preference in public secondary schools. Experience should be extensive (longer than 3 weeks), and involve direct, meaningful work with students; formal classroom exp. not required.

    • Experience with students who come from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economic, multicultural, multilinguistic, and/or ethnically diverse groups of adolescents. Also, academic knowledge in multicultural and social justice issues and challenges.

    • Completion of an English composition course with a grade of “B” or higher.

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA, including any post-bac coursework.

    • Create a Graduate School online application account and submit all materials by the application deadline, including essay responses to 3 prompts and a resume. 

    • Three letters of recommendation, from someone who has supervised your experience with youth and from someone who can attest to your academic ability. Letters may not be from family, friends, etc.

  3. Baccalaureate degree must be completed prior to program start date.