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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Woodring College of Education


Dr. Francisco Rios, 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 learning that prepares and advances quality educators and human services professionals throughout their careers. As academic leaders, educators, mentors, and scholars, we seek to:

  • Model best practices in teaching and learning which, in turn, lead graduates to use best practices in their professions
  • Cultivate student competence through extensive field experiences with exemplary practicing professionals
  • Construct, transform, and convey knowledge by integrating research, theory, and practice
  • Act with respect for individual differences
  • Develop collaborative partnerships that promote the learning and well-being of individuals, families and the community
  • Evaluate processes and outcomes to assure 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 advances knowledge, embraces diversity and promotes 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, and approved by the Washington  State Professional Educator Standards Board. The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation in Education. The RN to BSN program will be approved by the Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission by late summer 2013 for a fall 2013 start. The College will then pursue national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All Woodring programs are designed to prepare graduates to be thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators or professionals for a diverse society.

Academic Programs Leading to Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Elementary Education BAE, MEd
Secondary Education
(For information regarding academic majors and endorsements for elementary and secondary education, see departmental listings)
Special Education BAE, MEd
Education Adminstration
(Principal and Superintendent administrator certificate programs offered)
Human Services BA
Nursing BSN
Rehabilitation Counseling MA
Continuing and College Education MEd

Overview: Departments and Programs

Department of Elementary Education

Dr. David Carroll, Chair

Programs Offered

  • Elementary Education/Certification
  • Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies Major
  • Early Childhood Education/Non-Certification Option
  • Early Childhood Education (P-3)/Certification
  • Early Childhood Education (P-3) and Elementary Education/Certification Option
  • Bilingual Education Endorsement
  • Bilingual Education Minor
  • English Language Learners Endorsement
  • Reading (P-12) Endorsement
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor
  • Literacy - Master’s

Department of Secondary Education

Dr. Bruce Larson, Chair

Programs Offered

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

Department of Special Education & Education Leadership

Dr. Gail Coulter, Chair

Programs Offered

  • Early Childhood Special Education (P-3)/Certification
  • Special Education (P-12) with Elementary Education/ Certification 
  • Special Education (P-12) with Secondary Education/ Certification 
  • Special Education (P-12)/Certification
  • Special Education - Master’s (in moratorium)
  • Educational Administration
    • Master’s
    • Residency Principal Certification
    • Professional Administrator Certification (in moratorium)
    • Initial Superintendent Certification

Teacher Education Outreach Programs

Dr. Laurence Antil, Assistant Dean for Outreach Programs

Programs Offered

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

Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation

Dr. Elizabeth Boland, Chair

Programs Offered

  • Continuing and College Education
  • Human Services
  • Nursing: RN to BSN
  • Rehabilitation Counseling

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:

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 Resources for Students 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. Karen McLean Dade, Associate Dean
  • Dr. Laurence Antil, Assistant Dean for Outreach Programs
  • Dana Edward, Director, Certification and Accreditation
  • Dr. Jennifer McCleery, Director, Teacher Education Admissions and Field Experiences
  • Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity
  • Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center
  • Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education
  • Pacific Northwest Children’s Literature Clearinghouse
  • Service Learning Programs

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.


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Elementary Education

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Human Services and Rehabilitation

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Secondary Education

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Special Education and Education Leadership

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Teacher Education Outreach Programs

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