University of Washington Bothell

Elementary Teacher Certification

Programs of study in Education have been created to serve time-bound and place-bound residents of the North Puget Sound region who seek access to high-quality, affordable educational experiences. The UWB Teacher Certification Program prepares innovative, ethical practitioners who are grounded in intellectual and professional communities and who are dedicated to educating diverse students.

The Teacher Certification Program offers two options that lead to a Washington State Residency Certificate with an endorsement in Elementary or Middle School Education.


The Five Quarter Program

This program is primarily a full-time program designed for those who already hold a bachelor's degree or are in the final quarter of a degree program. Only the first of the five quarters offers part-time evening coursework.


The Extended Program

This program begins with three and a half quarters (10 months) of part-time evening coursework and transitions to three quarters of full-time coursework during the day starting in mid to late August. A bachelor's degree must be completed before full-time coursework begins.

Candidacy Criteria

The ideal candidate for the Teacher Certification Program can demonstrate:

  • Breadth of knowledge, experience, and skills sufficient to teach Language Arts, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Science, Fitness/Health.
  • Commitment to the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth of children.
  • Commitment to personal, intellectual and emotional development.
  • Commitment to learn the skills necessary to work with ethnically, culturally, socio-economically, and gender diverse student populations.
  • Flexibility to adapt in varied, complex, and dynamic settings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Academic Requirements

To be considered for the Teacher Certification Program, applicants must complete the following before starting full-time coursework:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the most recent 90 graded upper-division quarter hours. If you do not have a 3.0 GPA, but meet all other admission requirements, you may provide alternative documentation of your professional experiences.
  • Documentation of college coursework in the academic breadth areas.
  • Basic Skills Test scores (WEST-B). Must pass all three sections: reading, writing, and math.

Required Documentation of Academic Breadth

For each subject area listed below, applicants must document completed college courses* in the subject area, including the year taken and grades. A minimum grade of 2.0 (or grade of C) in the academic breadth coursework is required.

  • English writing/composition
  • Literature (e.g. American, British, world, multicultural)
  • Speech Communications
  • U.S. History
  • Geography
  • Life sciences
  • Physical sciences (lab required with either life or physical science)
  • Mathematics: Two mathematics courses 100 level and above that demonstrate competencies in at least two of the following areas: probability and statistics, number theory, algebra, and geometry (no distance learning)
  • Fine Arts (visual arts, drama, music or dance)

*On occasion, a student may be able to document specific professional and/or personal life experiences that can substitute for college coursework.

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