Educational Studies: Elementary Education Option



Requirements to Apply

  • Must be a declared Educational Studies Major for at least 1 quarter
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  • 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 classroom experience completed 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

COVID-19 Update

Because many Washington school districts will start the 2020-21 school year with remote learning, the School of Educational Studies is waiving the 20 hours of classroom experience application requirement for all teacher certification programs for the 2020-21 application cycle. Elementary Education and Secondary & Middle Level certification applicants are instead encouraged to submit documentation of any experience with children or adolescents they may have had in the last two years, including classroom, youth programming, daycare or volunteer experiences. Applicants may reflect on these experiences when answering application essay questions. Additionally, applicants may substitute their School-Based Recommendation with an additional Academic or Employer Recommendation.


  • Online application
  • Three Admissions Essays (250 words each) - see COVID-19 update above
         1. Based on your recent experiences in a public elementary school, what                have you learned about children as learners?
         2. Share what strengths and perspectives you would bring to UW Bothell's              teacher certification program based on your lived experiences.
         3. How does your decision to become a teacher align with our program’s                emphasis on equity and social justice in curriculum and instruction?
  • Teaching Resume (2 page maximum)
  • UW Bothell Transcripts (can be unofficial)
  • Documentation of 20 hours of public elementary school classroom experience - see COVID-19 update above
  • 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:
    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 - see COVID-19 update above
    2. Academic (faculty) or Professional (employer) Recommendation
  • Reading, Writing & Math Test Scores
    • Scores older than 5 years are accepted
    • Accepted "basic skills" tests:

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.

Application Deadline:

December 1, 2020

Applications to the Spring 2021 Cohort will open in Autumn 2020.

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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