Admission Requirements for Specific Subject Areas

Below are the requirements for the following majors:

  • Art education
  • Career and technical education
  • Health education
  • Music education
  • Physical education

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 35 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 following course, or an approved course, with a grade of "C" or better:
    • Physical education majors—HPHE 2400: Human Motor Development and Learning
    • All other teaching majors—ED 2500: Human Development or HSV 2250: Growth, Development, and Aging
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • Achievement of passing scores on Basic Skills Examination (BSE)
  • Completion of background check through CastleBranch
    • Submission 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

Health education and physical education teacher education additional requirements

All the requirements listed above and:

  • Completion of HPHE 1500 or 1550 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Satisfactory completion of BIOS 1120

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.