Documentation of Academic Breadth

Breadth of subjects areas

Strong teachers in 21st century K-8 classrooms must show competence across a breadth of subject areas. The knowledge you bring to your future classroom should come from a broad range of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary college coursework (100-level and above).

UW Bothell has determined that the following subject area knowledge is crucial to successful K-8 teaching:

  • Social Sciences –2 courses from two different social science areas (e.g., U.S. History, sociology, geography, economics, political science, global studies, gender studies, etc.)
  • English – 2 courses, 1 must be in composition and 1 can be in any area of English literature or writing. (Courses with “W” designations do not automatically count toward this requirement.)
  • Math – 2 courses, 1 should focus on Math for Teachers and 1 can be in any other math area (e.g., functions, college algebra, statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, etc.).
  • Science – 2 courses from two different science areas, 1 lab required (e.g., biology, chemistry, climate science, oceanography, geology, physics, engineering, etc.).
  • Fine Arts – 1 course focusing on the creation of or practice of an area of fine art (e.g., drawing, dance, music, photography, etc.)

Please document this critical college coursework on the K-8 Academic Breadth Transcript Review Form.

Only classes at 100-level and above, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) will be accepted. All academic breadth coursework must be verified with official college transcripts.

Students who wish to add one or more Middle Level Endorsements (link to different page than K-8?) while enrolled in the UW Bothell K-8 Teacher Certification Program must show that they have completed additional content area coursework to support teaching in that subject area.