Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate

Earn a teaching certification in one year

SES teacher candidate supporting elementary school student

The UW Bothell Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate Program prepares students to become certified teachers in Washington state elementary schools. Upon completion of this highly-structured, one-year course of study, students meet all the requirements to be recommended for Washington state residency teacher certification.

UW Bothell’s “cohort model” post-baccalaureate program progresses students together through a series of teaching methods courses and student teaching internships, cultivating a supportive learning community and life-long professional colleagues.

Students in UW Bothell teacher certification programs become teachers who are thoughtful about their own learning, as well as the learning of their students.

Program Highlights

  • Full-time, day-time program with some evening classes
  • Spring Quarter start
  • Courses taught by full-time UW faculty
  • Students learn to design and employ curriculum and instructional practices that promote equity and social justice
  • School placement partnerships with local school districts serving diverse student populations
  • Dedicated academic advising and school placement staff
  • Professional development and certification exam preparation workshops
  • Students may use financial aid to fund program


The application for the Spring 2024 Cohort is now closed.

The application to the Spring 2025 Cohort will open on September 1.


  • December 1 – Application due
  • December 31 – Materials due

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