Current UW Bothell Student Applicants

How to apply

Students must complete an application to be accepted into the Elementary Option within the Bachelor of Educational Studies program. To be eligible to apply, you must be already a declared Educational Studies major for at least 1 quarter, and have taken at least 2 core courses by the time you enter the cohort in Spring Quarter.

Application checklist

  1. Resume (2 page maximum)
  2. Response to two essay questions
  3. Documentation of academic breadth
  4. Official WEST-B Basic Skills Test score report or passing SAT or ACT scores
  5. Three completed recommendation forms (academic, professional, school based)
  6. Documentation of experience working with children
  7. Optional supporting documentation

Please read the details of each requirement carefully to ensure your application will meet the minimum requirements. If you have questions about applying, please email or schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Successful candidates will have:

  1. All academic breadth requirements completed before the admission deadline
  2. A minimum 2.0 GPA in all academic breadth classes
  3. A minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  4. A minimum of 30 hours of experience with children in a U.S. public elementary school classroom (grades K-8).
  5. Passing score for the West-B (or substituting SAT/ACT score)

Our intention is not to overstate the importance of grades, but to offer some guidance for your academic planning.  If you find yourself find yourself not quite meeting these criteria, you are still encouraged to apply.  All applications are reviewed holistically.  You may use the Supporting Documentation portion of the application to give the Admissions Committee more information about your academic experience.

Ready to apply?

Once you have reviewed the application requirements and are ready to apply, you can access the Elementary Education Option Application here (must be logged into UW Gmail account).  Please have all components of the application available and ready to upload to your application, as you must complete the application in one sitting.  Only one application may be submitted.  Please contact your advisor if you have questions or concerns.

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 student admissions website.

Requirements to Declare the Educational Studies Major

  • 45 college credits completed at the University of Washington Bothell, or another regionally accredited institution.
  • English Composition - 5 credits.
    • Note that a 2.0 is the minimum grade required to receive credit toward a Bachelor 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 (e.g. English 101) and 1 can be in any area of English literature or writing (e.g. 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/B EDUC 170: Math for Elementary Education, Math 132: Math for Elementary Education II), 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.

We accept only classes at 100-level and above with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Applicants must verify with an official college transcript all academic breadth coursework completed outside of the University of Washington. AP or IB credit may be accepted as a course equivalent if the credit is present on a college transcript.  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 sub-tests:

  • 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.  Official score reports may be submitted after the deadline.  A passing score is 240.

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 your scores are not already on record with UWB, official SAT or ACT score reports are a requirement at time of application.

Passing scores are:

  • SAT (through 03/04/2016)
    • Math: 515
    • Reading: 500
    • Writing: 490
  • SAT (beginning 03/05/2016)
    • Math:  27.5
    • Reading:  27
    • Writing:  28
  • ACT
    • Math: 22
    • Reading: 22
    • Writing: 08 (beginning 09/01/2016)

Recommendation Forms

Three completed recommendation forms* are required for the Elementary Education Option application:

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

*Letters of recommendation are also accepted.  Please contact your academic advisor for more guidance.


Documentation of Experience Working with Children

Please submit documentation of at least 30 hours working or volunteering with elementary aged students in a U.S. K-8 public school classroom.  All hours must be completed within the past two years.   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 (ie, plan to complete academic breadth coursework). The content and format of this documentation are up to you, but please address the specific qualifications sought by the program.


Apply now!

*must be logged into UW Gmail account

Application deadline is

December 1, 2018