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
(For information regarding academic majors and endorsements for elementary education see departmental listings)
(For information regarding academic majors and endorsements for secondary education, see departmental listings)
(For information regarding academic majors and endorsements for special education, see departmental listings)
(Principal and Superintendent administrator certificate programs offered)
|Nursing Degree Completion RN-to-BSN
|Adult and Higher Education
Overview: Departments and Programs
Department of Elementary Education
Dr. Tracy Coskie, Chair
- 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
- Adult and Higher Education
- Human Services
- Nursing: RN-to-BSN
- Rehabilitation Counseling
Department of Secondary Education
Dr. Kevin Roxas, Chair
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
Go to information for Elementary Education.
Early Childhood Education P-3 Option, BAE
Early Childhood Education P-3 with Elementary Education Option, BAE
Early Childhood Education — Non Certification, BAE
Elementary Education Professional Program
Elementary Education Professional Program — Outreach Program
English Language Learner Minor
English Language Learner/Bilingual Endorsement Program
English Language Learners & Bilingual Education, BAE
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement for Teachers
Language and Literacy, Non-Thesis, MEd
Language and Literacy, Thesis, MEd
Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies, BAE
Media and Digital Literacy Certificate
Reading — P-12 Additional Endorsement
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor (Adult focus)
Health and Community Studies
Go to information for Health and Community Studies.
Go to information for Secondary Education.
Special Education and Education Leadership
Go to information for Special Education and Education Leadership.
Early Childhood Special Education P-3 and Early Childhood Education P-3 (Dual Endorsement), BAE
Early Childhood Special Education, BAE
Education for Inclusive Environments, BAE (Dual Endorsement Outreach Program)
Educational Administration, with Comprehensive Assessment, Non-Thesis, MEd
Exceptionality and Disability Minor
Exceptionality and Disability, BAE
Initial Administrator Certificate (Superintendent)
Residency Administrator Certificate (Principal)
Special Education — P-12 and Elementary Education (Dual Endorsement), BAE
Special Education — P-12 plus Content Endorsement (Dual Endorsement), BAE
Special Education, Non-Thesis, MEd (Endorsement Optional) (In Moratorium)
Special Education, Thesis, MEd (Endorsement Optional) (In Moratorium)
Teacher Education Outreach Programs
Go to information for Teacher Education Outreach Programs.