Current UW Bothell Student Applicants

Application Checklist

  1. Acceptance into the Educational Studies major
  2. Online Elementary Education Option application
  3. Resume (2 page maximum)
  4. Response to two essay questions
  5. Documentation of academic breadth
  6. Official WEST-B Basic Skills Test score report or passing SAT or ACT scores
  7. Three letters of recommendation (academic, professional, school based)
  8. Documentation of experience working with children
  9. Optional supporting documentation


How to Apply

Educational Studies students interested in the Elementary Education Option should first meet with academic advisor, Erica Myers.  To view available openings for Erica Myer's calendar, visit this website -

Your academic advisor will send you the link to the online application. To request the online application link, email Erica Myers.

The online application is a Google Form.  Before you begin, please be aware you are limited to submitting your online application only once. If you have access to a scanner, you should scan and save all documents in the PDF format (.pdf), so that you may upload these documents at the time you apply.  Save documents with file names that include the following: your last name, first name, program starting year, and type of document.  Example: SMITH, Rita 2018 Resume.pdf


Note:  Applicants must upload all application materials by the February 1st deadline. 
Letters of Recommendation should be uploaded with all other application materials.  If that is not possible, ask your recommenders to email their form to or fax them to 425-352-5234.


Important note: You must access this Google Form application using your UW NetID credentials.  Please be sure your Google/Chrome browser is logged out of your personal Gmail account and that you have activated the Google Apps function via MyUW.  You can find information here!


Successful candidates will have:

  1. All academic breadth requirements completed before the admission deadline
  2. A minimum 3.0 GPA in all academic breadth classes
  3. A minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  4. A minimum of 60 hours of volunteer or working experience with children, with a minimum of 30 hours in a U.S. public elementary school
  5. Passing score for the West-B (240) or SAT (M515/CR500/W490) or ACT (M2/R22/W08)

Our intention is not to overstate the importance of grades, but to offer some guidance for your academic planning.  If you find yourself finished with prerequisite coursework, but you fall short of our successful applicant profile, you are still encouraged to apply.  All applications are reviewed holistically.

Applying to the Educational Studies Major

If you have not yet declared the Educational Studies major, fill out a change of major form with your First Year and Pre-Major Program adviser. 

Transfer students interested in the Elementary Education option must first be admitted to UW Bothell and the Educational Studies major.  For transfer application instructions visit the transfer students admission's website.

Requirements to Delare the Educational Studies Major

  • 45 college credits completed at the University of Washington Bothell, or any other accredited institution.
  • English Composition - 5 credits.
    • Note that a 2.0 is the minimum grade required to receive credit towards a Bachelors degree for the University of Washington.

Essay questions

Successful UW Bothell applicants think carefully about the interconnectedness between children, schools, and society, demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and are committed to the promotion of social justice and inclusion.

Please respond to the following prompts:

  • Based on your recent experiences inside and outside of K8 schools, what have you learned about children, learning, and the role you will have as a teacher in a diverse society? (250-350 words)
  • Describe yourself as a learner. Give an example of something you pursued that led you to a surprising place. (250-350 words)

Essay Resources:

Documentation of Academic Breadth

Strong teachers in 21st century K-8 classrooms must show competence across a breadth of subject areas. The knowledge you bring to your future classroom should come from a broad range of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary college coursework (100-level and above).

UW Bothell has determined that the following subject area knowledge is crucial to successful K-8 teaching:

  • Social Sciences –2 courses from two different social science areas (e.g., U.S. History*, sociology*, geography*, economics, political science, global studies, gender studies, etc.)
  • English – 2 courses, 1 must be in composition and 1 can be in any area of English literature or writing (e.g. English 101*, English 102, Children's Literature*, American Literature). Courses with “W” designations do not automatically count toward this requirement.
  • Math – 2 courses, 1 must focus on Math for Teachers. (e.g. Math 131: Math for Elementary Education I*, Math 132: Math for Elementary Education II*, Math 107: Math in Society), and 1 can be in any other math area (e.g., functions, college algebra, statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, etc.).
  • Science – 2 courses from two different science areas, 1 lab required (e.g., biology*, chemistry*, climate science, oceanography, geology, physics, engineering, etc.).
  • Fine Arts – 1 course focusing on the creation of or practice of an area of fine art (e.g., drawing, painting, dance, music, photography, art history etc.)

With your academic advisor, please document this critical college coursework on the Academic Breadth Transcript Review Form. To view available openings for Erica Myers calendar, visit this website -

We accept only classes at 100-level and above with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Applicants must verify with an offical college transcript all academic breadth coursework completed outside of the University of Washington. Competitive applicants will have all academic breadth coursework completed before the Spring quarter they plan to enter the Elementary Education Option program.

WEST-B Basic Skills Test

Teacher Certification applicants are required by the State of Washington to take the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic or the WEST-B (095, 096, 097). It is required of all those who apply to Washington-approved teacher preparation programs.

The test consists of three separate subtests:

  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Please read the information carefully on the WEST-B website for test dates and score reporting dates. Confirmation that you have taken all three sections of the WEST-B is required by the application deadline.  Offical score reports may be submitted after the deadline.  A passing score is 240.

We have the West B guides in the UW Bothell Library.  Links to these items in the current catalog can be found below.

SAT or ACT Scores

Candidates entering a Washington approved teaching preparation program may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST-B.  More information, with specific numeric passing scores is located on the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) website.  If applicable, offical SAT or ACT score reports are a requirement at time of application.

Passing scores are:

  • SAT
    • Math: 515
    • Reading: 500
    • Writing: 490
  • ACT
    • Math: 22
    • Reading: 22
    • Writing: 08

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for the Elementary Education Option application:

If you cannot obtain a professional letter of recommendation, you may submit a second academic or school based recommendation form. 

Upload these forms as part of your online application. 

Documentation of Experience Working with Children

Please submit documentation of at least 60 hours of working with elementary and middle school children.  All hours must be completed within the past two years.  At least 30 of these hours must be in U.S. K-8 public school classrooms. All hours must be completed prior to the application deadline. Additional hours of observation and experience in public school settings are highly recommended. The documentation of hours form is available online and may be duplicated.

Upload these forms as part of your online application.

Optional Supporting Documentation

You may supply optional supporting documentation to help the Admissions Committee assess your qualifications.  For example you can include a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances or any additional information you would like to be considered. The content and format of this documentation are up to you, but please address the specific qualifications sought by the program.


Deadline is

Feb 1, 2018


Ready to Apply?

Contact Erica Myers to request a link to the online application.



Applications will be processed and reviewed by a team of professional educators. Program finalists will be invited to the campus for an interview in March.


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If you have any problems activating UW Google Apps or logging in, contact UW-IT at or 206-221-5000.