Jul 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Woodring College of Education


Dr. Bruce Larson, Dean

Mission and Vision Statement of the College

Mission: The Woodring College of Education mission statement provides context and purpose for our actions.

Woodring College of Education facilitates life-long learning through exemplary teaching to prepare education, health, and human services professionals for democratic citizenship and meaningful careers. As a College that serves the state, nation, and the world, we:

  • Construct, transform, and convey knowledge by integrating research, theory and practice;
  • Cultivate student growth through extensive community and school engagement in collaboration with exemplary practicing professionals;
  • Act with respect for individual differences including taking a strengths-based view;
  • Develop collaborative partnerships that promote the learning and well-being of individuals, families, and the community; and,
  • Evaluate processes and outcomes to ensure continual program improvements

Vision: The vision of Woodring College of Education frames our future.

Woodring College of Education fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice.

Accreditation and Program Approval

Professional educator preparation programs in the Woodring College of Education are accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation), and approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board. The Early Childhood Education Program has national recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Special Education Program has national recognition by the Council for Exceptional Children. The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation in Education. The RN-to-BSN program is approved by the Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All Woodring programs are designed to prepare graduates to be thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators or health and community studies professionals for a diverse society.

Academic Programs Leading to Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Elementary Education
(For information regarding academic majors and endorsements for elementary education see departmental listings)
Secondary Education
(For information regarding academic majors and endorsements for secondary education, see departmental listings)
Special Education
(For information regarding academic majors and endorsements for special education, see departmental listings)
Education Administration
(Principal and Superintendent administrator certificate programs offered)
Human Services BA
Nursing Degree Completion RN-to-BSN BSN
Rehabilitation Counseling MA
Adult and Higher Education MEd

Overview: Departments and Programs

Department of Elementary Education

Dr. Tracy Coskie, Chair

Programs Offered

  • Elementary Education/Certification
  • Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies Major
  • Early Childhood Education/Non-Certification Option
  • Early Childhood Education (P-3)/Certification
  • English Language Learner/Bilingual Endorsement
  • English Language Learner Minor
  • Reading (P-12) Endorsement
  • Language and Literacy - MEd

Department of Health and Community Studies

Dr. John Korsmo, Chair

Programs Offered

  • Adult and Higher Education
  • Human Services
  • Nursing: RN-to-BSN
  • Rehabilitation Counseling

Department of Secondary Education

Dr. Kevin Roxas, Chair

Programs Offered

  • Secondary Education/Certification — Undergraduate/Post-baccalaureate
  • Secondary Education/Certification — Master in Teaching
  • Middle Level — Humanities Endorsement
  • Education and Social Justice Minor

Department of Special Education & Education Leadership

Dr. Charles Lambert, Chair

Programs Offered

  • Early Childhood Special Education (P-3) and Early Childhood Education (P-3) (Dual Endorsement)/Certification
  • Exceptionality and Disability
  • Special Education (P-12) and Elementary Education (Dual Endorsement)/ Certification
  • Special Education (P-12) plus Content Endorsement/Certification
  • Educational Administration
    • Master in Education
    • Residency Principal Certification
    • Initial Superintendent Certification

Teacher Education Outreach Programs

Dr. LeAnne Robinson, Academic Program Director

Off-campus sites are located in Everett and Bremerton.

Programs Offered

  • Elementary & Special Education/Certification with Education for Inclusive Environments (P-12) Major
  • Elementary Education/Certification - Post-baccalaureate
  • Special Education (P-12) Endorsement for Teachers
  • Elementary Education Endorsement for Teachers

Other College Information

Educator Certification Requirements

Teacher certification requirements are outlined in the Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teacher Education Outreach Programs sections of this catalog. Administrator certification requirements are outlined in the Graduate School section of this catalog. See the Certification & Accreditation Office for details: wce.wwu.edu/cert/certification-accreditation.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

It is the policy of Western Washington University to provide reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals except where such accommodation would impose undue hardship on the institution. Students with documented disabilities who are enrolled at the University and seek reasonable accommodation should contact Disability Access Center for assistance and advice. Students with disabilities who are covered under this policy include those who, with or without auxiliary aids or removal of barriers, can meet the essential eligibility requirements of the program.

Administrative Services

  • Dr. Tracy Coskie, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Jackie Sennett, Interim Associate Dean for Student Services
  • Peter Johnson, Director, Certification and Teacher Education Admissions
  • Melissa Oscarson, Interim Director, Office of Field Experiences
  • Daisy Padilla Torres, Sr Consultant, Diversity, Recruitment & Retention

Resource Centers

  • Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity
  • Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center
  • Pacific Northwest Children’s Literature Clearinghouse
  • Technology Education Center

Graduate Programs in Education

The Woodring College of Education offers various master’s degrees. For a complete description of these programs, see the Graduate School  section of this catalog.

EDUC courses

Education (EDUC) courses are offered through the Woodring College of Education as classes for the preparation of teachers, and for the advanced professional development of educators as continuing education or as requirements for the MEd degree. Go to information on EDUC courses.


Go to information for Education.

Elementary Education

Go to information for Elementary Education.


Health and Community Studies

Go to information for Health and Community Studies.


Secondary Education

Go to information for Secondary Education.


Special Education and Education Leadership

Go to information for Special Education and Education Leadership.


Teacher Education Outreach Programs

Go to information for Teacher Education Outreach Programs.