Application Forms & Resources

Requirements to Apply

  • Must be a declared Educational Studies Major for at least 1 quarter
         Looking to transfer to UW Bothell?  Learn more by vising our UWB  Admissions website.
  • Must have completed, or transfered in to UW Bothell, a minimum of 80 credits of community college or university coursework
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in most recent 80-90 credits of community college or university coursework
  • Completed Academic Breadth (or an advisor-approved plan for completion)
  • 20 hours of documented work with elementary-level students in U.S. public K-5 grade classrooms, completed in the last two years and completed before application deadline
  • Must have taken two Educational Studies Core Courses by start of the Elementary Education cohort in Spring Quarter (Core Courses are: B EDUC 205, 210, 300, 310)
  • Advisor-approved plan to complete Elementary Education foundation coursework

Students who do not meet all of these criteria are still encouraged to apply, as all applications are reviewed holistically. You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor to determine if the Elementary Education Option is the right path for you. Additionally, you may use the Supporting Documentation portion of the application to give the Admissions Committee more information about your academic experience.

Application Components

  • Online application (now closed)
  • Three Admissions Essays (250 words each)
         1. Based on your recent experiences in a public elementary school, what                have you learned about children as learners?
         2. What strengths and perspectives do you bring to a cohort of teacher                    candidates?
         3. How does your decision to become a teacher align with our program’s                emphasis on equity and social justice in curriculum and instruction?
  • Resume (2 page maximum)
  • UW Bothell Transcripts (can be unofficial)
  • Documentation of your 20 hours of experience in a K-5 grade classroom (Hours supervisor will submit hours verification here)
  • Documentation of completed Academic Breadth (submitted through the online application)
    • A School of Educational Studies advisor will work with you to complete a Academic Breadth Transcript Review form
  • Two Recommendations (Recommenders will submit recommendation here):
    1. School-Based Recommendation: a recommendation from a teacher who has observed you in the classroom--can be completed by the same person verifying your 20 hours of experience
    2. Academic (faculty) or Professional (employer) Recommendation
  • WEST-B Basic Skills Test, SAT, or ACT test scores
    • Note on HB 1621: Governor Jay Inslee recently signed HB 1621 which changes the WEST-B (Basic Skills) testing requirement for Washington state teaching certification. Before HB 1621, all teacher candidates were required to pass all three WEST-B subtests with a score of 240 or higher for admission to a teaching preparation program. This new law still requires that teacher candidates take the WEST-B or an equivalent basic skills exam like the SAT or ACT , but no longer requires a score of 240 for admission or to become a certified teacher.

Background Checks

Students accepted to the Elementary Education Option will be 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.

Applications to the 2020 Elementary Education cohort are now under review. We hope to have decisions sent to applicants by early February.

Questions? Contact Us:

Current Educational Studies Majors

School of Educational Studies


Pre-Major Advising
(425) 352-3427

Prospective First Year or Transfer Students

UW Bothell Admissions
(425) 352-5000