Application Requirements / Checklist

Please attend an Information Session to receive an application packet.

  1. Online post-baccalaureate application. (Application open after October 1, 2014)
  2. $60.00 application fee (payable with online application)
    Submit with online application:
  3. Response to two essay questions
  4. Personal resume (2 pages total)
  5. Documentation of academic breadth
    Submit as hard copies only (to Admissions Office):
  6. One official transcript in sealed envelope from a college or university showing a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (except University of Washington transcript)
    - Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the most recent 90 graded upper-division quarter hours
  7. Official college transcripts showing all academic breadth coursework with minimum grades of 2.0 or better
  8. WEST-B Basic Skills test score report
  9. WEST-E  Elementary Education (#005 and #006) score report*

    * Starting September 1, 2014, WA state will require the NES Elementary Education Assessments in Elementary Education Subtest l and ll found here. More information on this change can be found here.

    If you have already taken the WEST-E in Elementary Education (005, 006) prior to September 1, 2014, please submit these test scores to us on the K8 Online Application and give us a hard copy of these scores.  You will by-pass the new NES Elementary Education Assessment tests.
     
  10. Three recommendations:
    a. Academic Recommendation Form (Professor or Instructor)
    b. Professional Recommendation Form
    c. Work with Children Recommendation Form (K-8 Teacher)
  11. Documentation of 60 hours of work with elementary children, with at least 30 hours in U.S. public school classrooms K-9. (Applicants are encouraged to get a varied experience by working or observing in multiple grades.)
  12. Provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity *

* Please note: Once you are accepted into the K8 program, all enrolled matriculated students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until the UW Bothell Registrar's Office confirms that they have satisfied this requirement. Students born before 01/01/57 are considered to be immune to measles and therefore do NOT need to submit proof of immunity.

Basic Skills Assessment WEST-B (095, 096, 097)

Teacher Certification applicants are required by the State of Washington to take the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic or the WEST-B. It is required of all applicants to Washington-approved teacher preparation programs.

  • The test consists of three separate subtests:
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Please read the information carefully on the WEST-B website for test dates and score reporting dates. Score reports are a requirement at time of application to the University of Washington Bothell K8 Teacher Certification Program. Please include a copy of your test results with your application.

We have the West B guides in the UW Bothell Library.  Links to these items in the current catalog can be found below.

Candidates entering a Washington approved teaching preparation program may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST-B.  More information, with specific numeric passing scores is located on the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) website.  If applicable, SAT/ACT score reports are a requirement at time of application.

Elementary Education WEST-E (005 and 006)

K8 Teacher Certification applicants are required by the State of Washington to take the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements or the WEST-E in Elementary Education. It is required of all applicants to Washington-approved teacher preparation programs.

Please read the information carefully on the WEST-E website for test dates and score reporting dates. Score reports are a requirement at time of application to the University of Washington Bothell K8 Teacher Certification Program. Please include a copy of your test results with your application.

West-E Preparation Materials at the UW Bothell/Cascadia Campus Library

NOTE: Starting September 1, 2014, WA state will require the NES Elementary Education Assessments in Elementary Education Subtest l and ll found here. More information on this change can be found here.

If you have already taken the WEST-E in Elementary Education (005, 006) prior to September 1, 2014, please submit these test scores to us on the K8 Online Application and give us a hard copy of these scores.  You will by-pass the new NES Elementary Education Assessment tests.

Application Essay

Successful UW Bothell applicants think carefully about the interconnectedness between children, schools, and society, demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and are committed to the promotion of social justice and inclusion.

Please respond to the following prompts using 500-700 words total:

  1. Based on your recent experiences inside and outside of K8 schools, what have you learned about children, learning, and the role you will have as a teacher in a diverse society?
  2. Describe yourself as a learner. Give an example of something you pursued that led you to a surprising place.

Essay Resources:
Teaching Tolerance (social justice)
Rethinking Schools (inclusion)

Documentation of Academic Breadth

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, available here.

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 and completed by March 31 of the year you enter the program.

Beginning 2016, 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.

It is important that teacher candidates are confident in their knowledge in the broad range of subject areas listed above. If you think you might need to brush up on any of these subject areas, the faculty of the K-8 Teacher Certification Program strongly recommends that you consider taking a class or workshop to become current.

Required Documentation of Hours

Document a minimum of 60 hours of work with elementary and middle level school children within the past two years. At least 30 of these hours must be in U.S. K-9 public school classrooms. These hours must be completed prior to the application deadline. Additional hours of observation and experience in public school settings are highly recommended. The documentation of hours form is available online or in the certification packet, and may be duplicated.

Minimum Grade Point Average

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the most recent 90 graded upper-division quarter hours is required. Strong applications that do not document a 3.0 GPA may be considered.

Optional Supporting Documentation

You may supply two additional pieces of recent supporting documentation (which is optional) that will help the Admissions Committee assess your qualifications. The content and format of this documentation are up to you, but please address the specific qualifications sought by the program.

 Use the Academic Breadth Worksheet to determine if you have completed the required coursework for a K-8 endorsement.