Program Requirements

Elementary Education Option Requirements

To earn the B.A. in Educational Studies: Elementary Education Option, students must complete all university and major requirements listed below.

UW Bothell Requirements

  • Earn 180 university credits
  • 5 credits - Composition (C)
  • 10 credits - Writing Across the Curriculum (W)
  • 5 credits - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (QSR)
  • 3 credits - Diversity (D)
  • 15 credits - Visual, Literary & Performing Arts (VLPA)
  • 15 credits - Individuals & Societies (I&S)
  • 15 credits - Natural World (NW)

Elementary Education Option Requirements


Endorsement Area

Students must select an ESOL or SPED endorsement. 

Course Substitions & Petitions

  • Course Petition Form (must be logged in to UW G Suite account)
  • Course Petitions are sent to Educational Studies faculty for consideration on the 15th of each month. Decisions will be sent to students by the 1st of the following month.
  • Students can petition up to 10 credits of Elementary Education Option coursework.
  • Petitions can include:

Certification Requirements

To be recommended for elementary teacher certification in Washington state, students must also complete these requirements:

  • Pass the NES I and II Elementary Education exams - Attempted prior to student teaching and must be passed for certification
  • Complete and submit a Professional Growth Plan
  • Pass the edTPA assessment - Submitted in Winter Quarter of Elementary Education Cohort

Students will receive support and guidance on all certification requirements from academic advisors, field placement coordinators, and field instructors.