Career Pathways & Academic Connections

The Elementary Education Option provides foundational preparation for a wide range of careers and graduate programs.

Declare the Elementary Education Option to pursue:

  • Elementary school teaching (grades K-5) 
  • Middle school teaching (grades 6-8) 
  • College teaching & academic research 
  • Community organizing or advocacy campaigning  
  • Curriculum development 
  • Data and policy analysis or research 
  • Equity specialist work or consulting 
  • Family outreach or liaising 
  • Grant writing or fundraising  
  • Instructional or adaptive technology specialist work 
  • Library science 
  • Multilingual/ELL teacher 
  • Principal, or assistant principal 
  • Reading specialist 
  • School district human resources 
  • School district-level specialist or curriculum leadership – assessment, instruction, multilingual program, learning assistance, special education 
  • Special education teacher 
  • Superintendent 
  • Teaching abroad

Career Preparation & Resources

UW Bothell provides students with many ways to explore co-curricular opportunities and develop and deepen professional skills. Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to learn more.

Career Services

Career Services engages with the UW Bothell community to empower Huskies to explore career interests, build skills, and connect with the employment community and experiential learning opportunities.

Community-Engaged Learning & Research

Elementary Education Option students can take classes with built-in experiential learning experiences in schools or community-based settings. Students can put theory into practice, gain classroom experience, and explore possible career opportunities.  

Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be a transformative experience that expands students’ understanding of the world. Through studying abroad, students can experience different perspectives and develop valuable global skills like adaptability and intercultural communication and relationship-building.

Undergraduate Research

Conducting research under the mentorship of a faculty member or having hands-on experience in creative projects deepens learning, boosts students’ chances for employment, and prepares students for acceptance into a professional or graduate program.