Darlene Fritz

Pre-Education Advisor, Education & Leadership

503-838-8704 | fritzd@wou.edu
RWEC 165

Personal Website

Why I chose WOU

A few years ago, I took a year off to do volunteer work, and WOU was one of the places that I volunteered. I immediately fell in love with the small campus and "family" environment here. People at WOU genuinely care about each other and about the students.

At WOU since



Hot Air Balloon Crewing, International Travel, Hiking, Kayaking, Cultural Festivals, Paddleboarding, Roller Coasters

Fun fact

I may or may not start randomly skipping or jumping up and down when I'm really happy.


El Paso, Texas

Favorite book/movie

Nacho Libre

Areas of responsibility

Welcome to Western Oregon's Teacher Education Program!  It is my pleasure to advise students who are planning to become licensed teachers through WOU's Undergraduate Teacher Education  Program, and I welcome early inquiries from students who are beginning at community colleges and planning to transfer to WOU their junior year.  My role includes traveling each term to many of the Oregon community colleges to do early advising with potential transfer students, meeting with current WOU students to help them explore career options, develop a term by term course plan, access campus resources, and apply for the Professional Teacher Licensure Program.  Visit our advising page.  Schedule an appointment.


Master of Arts Degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University

Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Communications from Corban University

Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Walla Walla University

Professional experience

Pre-Education Advisor at Western Oregon University from 2016 to Present

School Counselor at Western Mennonite School from 2006 to 2016

Counselor, Advisor, and Project Coordinator at Chemeketa Community College from 1991 to 2005

Employment Specialist at Mid-Willamette Jobs Council from 1987 to 1990

Awards and honors

Past President of the Oregon Career Development Association

Global Career Development Facilitator Credential and Instructor Credential

Professional memberships

NACADA - National Academic Advising Association

OCDA - Oregon Career Development Association, Lifetime Member

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