Educational Studies: Elementary Education Option



Join the Elementary Education Option

SES students who satisfy the admissions requirements listed below are admitted to the Elementary Education Option. To join the Elementary Education Option, students are required to submit an online application. The Elementary Education Option admits once a year for a Spring Quarter cohorted program start.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit online application
  • Must be a Educational Studies Major for at least 1 quarter
  • Minimum of 80 credits of community college or university coursework
  • Advisor-approved plan to complete Elementary Education foundation coursework by the start of the cohorted teaching methods quarter
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • 2.0 GPA in SES coursework
  • Academic Breadth completed or in-progress
  • Reading, Writing & Math Test Scores - SAT, ACT, or WEST-B scores 
    • This is a state-mandated requirement
    • No minimum score required
    • Scores older than 5 years are accepted
    • Accepted "basic skills" tests:
      • SAT Reading, Math, Writing or Essay sections
      • ACT Reading, Math, & Writing sections
      • WEST-B, Reading, Math, & Writing subtests

Admissions Information & Resources 

Background Checks

Students accepted to the Elementary Education Option are legally required to submit their fingerprints to the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State Patrol and FBI background checks.

Approved background checks are required before a teacher candidate can apply for their Pre-Residency Clearance, a pre-certification legally required for student teaching. 

If students have any questions or concerns about fingerprinting or the implications of state and federal background checks, please contact an Educational Studies advisor.

Application to the 2023 Cohort is now closed.

The application to the 2024 cohort will open in Fall 2023.

Questions? Contact Us:

Current Pre-Elementary Education Students

Cristal Rangel Peña


Pre-Major Advising
(425) 352-3427

Prospective First Year or Transfer Students

UW Bothell Admissions
(425) 352-5000