Teacher Education at UW Bothell
Teaching in Washington State
Washington state teachers must be certified to teach and must hold an endorsement in a teaching area. Future teachers must complete a state-approved certification program to earn their initial, residency certification, as well as complete coursework and pass a content exam to earn an endorsement. The School of Educational Studies offers three, traditional-route teacher certification programs.
Additional information on state certification & endorsements
Elementary Education Teacher Certification
The School of Educational Studies offers two pathways to Washington state teacher certification with an elementary education endorsement. These full-time, highly-structured, cohort-based programs are designed for those interested in teaching grades K-5.
The Elementary Education Option is UW Bothell's undergraduate certification pathway. Upon completion of this program, students graduate with a B.A. in Educational Studies and meet the requirements to be recommended for residency certification with an elementary education endorsement.
During the program, students also complete a 20-credit concentration in either English To Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or Special Education (SPED). Both concentrations qualify teacher candidates to add one of these endorsements to their elementary education endorsement.
The Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate program is UW Bothell’s pathway for those who have already earned at least one prior Bachelor’s degree. In four quarters, candidates meet the requirements to be recommended for residency certification with an elementary education endorsement.
While an additional endorsement is not embedded in this program, candidates can work toward an additional endorsement as part of the M.Ed. with English To Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) concentration.
Secondary Teacher Certification
The Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Program prepares students to become certificated high school or middle school teachers. This full-time, four-quarter, cohort-based program is designed for those interested is teaching grades 6-12, and for those who have already earned at least a Bachelor's Degree.
Middle and high school teachers are endorsed in a specific subject area.The School of Educational Studies offers the following Secondary endorsements:
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