Secondary Teacher Certification Pathway

This program information was updated 3/7/2011. Please refer to current program policy.

In addition to the Academic Program Requirements for all Master of Education Pathways, the Secondary Teacher Certification Pathway, is an initial teacher education program and some addition requirements apply.

Secondary Teacher Certification Pathway Coursework

Students in the Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. program progress through a series of graduate level courses as a cohort.

UW Bothell on campus courses:

B EDUC 556 - Adolescent Development (3 cr)

B EDUC 566 - Education and Technology (3 cr)

B EDUC 557 - Curriculum Studies and Classroom Practices (3 cr)

B EDUC 559 - Curriculum Instruction and Assessment: Math and Science (3 cr)
B EDUC XXX - Curriculum Instruction and Assessment: English/Language Arts and Social Studies/History (3 cr)

One or more of the following courses (depending on endorsement areas):

B EDUC 560 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Mathematics (3 cr)
B EDUC 554 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Middle Level and Secondary Science (3 cr)
B EDUC 563 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Secondary English/Language Arts (3 cr)
B EDUC 558 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Social Studies and History (3 cr)

B EDUC XXX - Professional Practice Seminar (2 cr)

Field based courses:

B EDUC 564 - Field Experience (3 cr)
UW Bothell IMAGINE Summer Camp for Youth (or approved alternative summer fieldwork) - three to four weeks, during the day, of preparation and summer learning activities on the UW Bothell campus

B EDU 564 - Field Experience (5 cr)
At least 15 full school days, Monday through Friday, beginning during the week prior to the first day of the K-12 school year, spent observing and volunteering in high school classroom(s) assigned by the Program Officer. These classroom(s) will be the students field placement for the remainder of the program.

Beginning the first week of UW Bothell courses, two to three full school days, for the 10 weeks of Autumn quarter, in high school classroom(s) assigned by the Program Officer. Students will be integrating course assignments with activities in the classroom and will be formally observed and evaluated during at least three (3) independent lessons.

B EDUC 565 - Student Teaching (10 cr)
Full school days, Monday through Friday, from the start date through the end date of Winter quarter. Participants will complete at least six (6) weeks of full time student teaching during this quarter, with full responsibility of the classroom, lesson plans, and course presentation.

Completion of "Application of Knowledge" portion of Completion Dossier. May be completed as an independent study or evening course. (3 cr)

(This is the expected coursework for the 2009 - 2010 program. The curriculum may be adjusted as the program is typically in a state of continuous change and improvement.)

Required Field Experiences

To receive Washington State Residency Teacher Certification through the UW Bothell Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. program students must successfully complete all required field experiences.

Field Experiences within the University of Washington, Bothell Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. are intended to achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide interns with teaching and learning experiences in a community site and a U.S. public high school.
  • To provide field experiences that bring interns into the life of schools and classrooms.
  • To provide opportunities for interns to deepen their understanding to the extent and the ways in which learning takes place both in and out of school.
  • To provide opportunities for interns to observe, apply principles, practice skills, and refine ideas discussed in Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. program seminars and courses. University course content and assignments will be integrated with field work.
  • To provide interns with opportunities to demonstrate sensitivity to and an understanding of the needs of learners from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and social class groups.
  • To provide interns with opportunities to demonstrate interpersonal, ethical, and professional behavior and a nonjudgmental stance.
  • To provide an authentic context in which interns will be observed and receive feedback from field instruction staff and master/cooperating teachers.

A Certification Handbook detailing the policies and procedures affecting student field experiences will be distributed during Summer quarter, prior to the Autumn field placement.

Field Placements

All contacts regarding placements with schools are handled through the Program Officer at the University of Washington, Bothell. Students may not contact schools to inquire, set-up, or arrange placements. The UW Bothell Education Program has partnerships with several local area school districts. Students are placed in groups in each school, therefore school preferences are not always possible to honor. Students are not placed where they currently work (or recently resigned/ended service due to admission to the program) or where their child or children currently attend school.


Each intern is under the direct supervision of university program faculty or clinical faculty and a cooperating teacher. Faculty are assigned to each intern from the beginning of Autumn quarter and again at the beginning of their full-time teaching internship in Winter quarter.

The program and clinical faculty work closely with the interns, the cooperating teacher, University course instructors, and the building principal. S/he assists and guides the intern and consults with the cooperating teacher regarding various aspects of the field experience.

Course instructors in the Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. program include assignments in their regular coursework that interns must complete in the field. In addition, interns draw on the principles, skills, and knowledge learned in coursework to demonstrate interpersonal, ethical, and professional behavior in the field.

Security Clearance

The Washington State Patrol/FBI fingerprinting clearance must be received and filed before beginning the summer quarter fieldwork experience. Students will be provided with fingerprint cards and instructions on how to complete the process. OSPI charges a $60.25 fee for processing completed fingerprint cards. The fee that local agencies charge to get fingerprinted ranges from $10-$25. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the entire process in the spring before summer quarter. Students must also have their fingerprint clearance on file (and current) before they can be recommended for certification at the end of their program. All questions about the fingerprint process and clearance should be directed to Program Coordinator, Dana Bigham.

Student Teaching Fees

Students are charged a $250 student teaching fee each of their last three quarters of the program. This fee is subject to change for the 2009-10 school year.

Certification Fees

There is a fee of $35 for Washington State certification payable to the Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD). This is payable during the final quarter of the program. This fee is subject to change.

Did You Know?

The University of Washington Bothell is the largest of the five branch campuses in the state.