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University of Washington Graduate School Online Application

All of your application materials should be submitted directly online to your UW Graduate School Application file.

  • Submit materials instantly
  • Upload documents in Word, PDF, or RTF formats
  • Track your application materials online so you will always know what has been received by the program.

When applying online, read and follow all instructions carefully. Please plan to attend an information session for detailed information about the program and application process.

Application Materials 

  • University of Washington Graduate School Application
    • Complete online at https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss
    • When you are prompted to "select a graduate program",  select "Education-Bothell Campus Master of Education (Secondary Endorsement)" from the drop down menu (V-BEDUC). The online-fee is $85 payable by credit or debit card.
  • Admissions Essay
  • Current Resume
    • This can be uploaded as a Word, PDF or RTF document.
  • Three Recommendations
    • List the names and email addresses of your three recommenders on the UW Graduate Online Application. Recommendations may be submitted electronically or in hard copy. Either way, you must list all three names and email addresses on the graduate application
  • Documentation of Endorsement Area Coursework 
    • Complete a Transcript Evaluation Form for each endorsement area in which you are interested and upload it to your Graduate School online application file.
    • Coursework must be completed by December of your first quarter in the program with a minimum grade of 2.5.
    • Sample Transcript Evaluation Form
  • Documentation of Experience
    • 60 hours of work with secondary or middle level youth with at least 30 hours in U.S. public middle or high school classrooms
  • Transcripts
    • Unofficial college transcript(s) showing bachelor's degree (not needed from UW Institutions)
    • Unofficial transcripts for all endorsement course work (not needed from UW Institutions)
    • Instructions for submitting official transcripts will be sent after admission to the program.
  • Basic Skills Test
    • WEST-B score report (must include individual numeric scores)
  • Endorsement Area Test
    • WEST-E score report (must include individual numeric scores)
      ♦ General Science
      ♦ Biology
      ♦ Social Studies
      ♦ History
    • NES score report* (must include individual numeric scores)
      ♦ English/Language Arts
      ♦ Mathematics

* Beginning September 1, 2014, WA state requires NES assessments for English/Language Arts or Mathematics endorsements. (Transition information available.) If you have already take the WEST-E in either of these subjects prior to September 1, 2014, you are not required to take the NES assessment and may submit the WEST-E score report with your application.

Admission Essay

Respond to the following questions. Your responses to all the essay questions must be contained within no more than three double-spaced pages. The relative length of each of your responses within these three pages is up to you, but the Admissions Committee will not read responses beyond the third page.

You may submit your essay directly to your UW Graduate School online application as a Word, PDF, or RTF document.

Essay Question 1 

  • Why do you want to become a teacher?
  • Include one special experience and one specific skill that you will bring to the teaching profession.

Essay Question 2 

  • What knowledge, experience, and skill do you bring to understanding and working with diversity (such as ethnicity, race, culture, social class, gender, sexual orientation) in the classroom, workplace, and/or community?
  • Include how you gained this knowledge, experience, and skill(s)

Essay Question 3 

  • Give an example of a way you will integrate your past experience or current responsibilities into a career as an educator in your specific subject area(s).

Recommendations

Provide three recommendations.

  • Academic Recommendation Form
    One of these recommendations must be from someone who can attest to your academic qualifications, such as an instructor or professor in higher education.  If you have not been enrolled in university classes within the last five years, you may substitute a letter from your most recent employer attesting to your job performance.

Recommendations can be submitted electronically by entering the recommenders' names and email addresses into your online application. Recommendations can also be submitted  directly to the UW Bothell Education Program. The forms (listed above) must be printed out and signed by the recommender prior to submission. Please do not submit additional recommendations.

Even if you are submitting the recommendations in hardcopy to us, list all three names and email addresses on the graduate application.

Required Documentation of Hours

Document a minimum of 60 hours of work with secondary and middle level school youth within the past two years. At least 30 of these hours must be in U.S. public middle school or high 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(PDF) is available online and may be duplicated.

Documentation of Endorsement Area Coursework

All applicants must document their college coursework that meets the requirements for the desired endorsement area(s).  For examples of coursework that meet these requirements, refer to the Endorsement Course Requirements.

Document your endorsement area coursework, including the number of credits and grades (a minimum grade of 2.5 in coursework is required), on the Transcript Review Form(s) and save them to your computer. You may upload the saved PDFs to your Graduate School online application file.

If you have questions about the required endorsement area coursework, please contact the Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification Program and include your desired endorsement area.

Basic Skills Assessment

All applicants to Washington-approved teacher preparation programs are required by the state to take the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B).

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 for the Secondary Certification application.

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 are located on the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) website.  If applicable, SAT/ACT score reports are a requirement at time of application.

Endorsement Area Test 

All candidates for secondary endorsements in General Science, Biology, Social Studies, and History are required to pass the appropriate WEST-E test. (For more information on the WEST-E tests, please visit the WEST-E Website).

The following is a list of the corresponding WEST-E test numbers:

  • Biology - 022
  • General Science - 021
  • Social Studies - 028
  • History - 027

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

All candidates for secondary endorsements in English/Language Arts or Mathematics are required to pass the appropriate NES assessment.*

* Beginning September 1, 2014, Washington State requires NES assessments for English/Language Arts or Mathematics endorsements. (Transition information available.) If you have already take the WEST-E in either of these subjects prior to September 1, 2014, you are not required to take the NES assessment and may submit the WEST-E score report with your application.

The application
due date is
April 6, 2015

NEW: Beginning September 1, 2014, Washington State requires NES tests for English Language Arts or  Mathematics endorsements. WEST-E scores for test taken prior to September 1, 2014 will still be accepted.