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 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.