Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This program is not currently accepting new students. For further information contact the English Department, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9055, 360-650-3209, Pam.Hardman@wwu.edu.
Elementary English education allows students to combine a major in English with the undergraduate teacher certification program provided by Woodring College of Education. It offers a focused background in English/language arts in preparation for certification as a K-8 teacher. Courses in the major are divided into four categories: literature studies, writing, language theory, and methods for teaching English/language arts. Literature courses include historical and cultural explorations of a variety of literary texts, including children’s literature. This major also requires completion of required courses for elementary education certification offered through Woodring College of Education.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in education. See the Elementary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and certification requirements.
Admission and Declaration Process
Meet with the English-Elementary Education Advisor to declare this major.
Recommendation for teaching endorsement normally requires completion of the major with a grade point of 2.50 or better in the required major courses. The state of Washington requires a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for courses used to meet the endorsement requirements.