Admission Requirements for Secondary Education 2014 to 2019

For catalog years 2014 to 2019

All Western Michigan University undergraduate students who declare a preference for a curriculum leading to a teaching certificate will be assigned a pre-education designator at the time of admission. The primary purpose of this designation is to identify students who intend to enter the teaching profession. This permits the College of Education and Human Development's Office of Admissions and Advising to monitor each student's progress toward certification.

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Students must meet the following minimum requirements at the time of application:

  • Completion of 60 credits
  • Completion of all WMU intellectual skills development requirements (e.g. MATH 1090, LS 1040, ENGL 1000) if required
  • Completion of an approved college-level writing course with a grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of the ES 2000: Introduction to American Education, or an approved course, with a grade of "CB" or better
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Achievement of upper-level criteria for reading, math and writing proficiency:  An earned Associate's Degree will meet this requirement.  Otherwise, SAT scores, ACT scores or grades in specified classes will be evaluated (see your academic advisor for minimum scores, classes and required grades).
  • Completion of background check through CastleBranch
    • Submissions of Judgment of Sentence, Register of Action, or Case History for any convictions, if necessary
  • Completion and submission of a formal application to the Office of Admissions and Advising, 2421 Sangren Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5275

Students will not be allowed to enroll for professional education courses at the 3000-level or above until they have been admitted to their professional program.