K-8 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 UW Bothell K-8 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 Education.  Endorsements in Middle Level-Humanities, Middle Level-Math, and Middle Level-Science are also available.


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:

Academic Requirements

To be considered for the K-8 Teacher Certification Program, applicants must complete the following before starting full-time coursework:

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 courses is required.

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