School of Educational Studies

Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate

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Elementary Education Teaching Certification Post-Baccalaureate

Earn a teaching certification in one year

The UW Bothell Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate Program prepares students to become certified teachers in Washington state elementary schools. Upon completion of this highly-structured, one-year course of study, students meet all the requirements to be recommended for Washington State Residency teacher certification.

UW Bothell's "cohort model" post-baccalaureate program progresses students together through a series of hands-on teaching methods courses and student teaching internships, resulting in an enhanced learning community and life-long professional colleagues.

Students in UW Bothell teacher certification programs become teachers who are thoughtful about their own learning, as well as the learning of their students.

Prepare to Apply

COVID-19 Admissions 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.

Program Highlights

  • Full-time, day-time program
  • Spring Quarter start
  • Teaching methods courses provide direct experience and contact with elementary school students.
  • Teaching methods courses held in local elementary schools and taught by full-time UW faculty
  • Students progress through program as a cohort, fostering an enhanced learning community and life-long professional colleagues
  • Students learn to design and employ curriculum and instructional practices that promote equity and social justice
  • School placement partnerships with local school districts serving diverse student populations
  • Dedicated academic advising and school placement staff
  • Professional development and certification exam preparation workshops
  • Students may use financial aid to fund program

Application Now Closed

2022 application cycle opens September 1, 2021

Students must submit application by November 1, 2021 and submit all supporting documentation by December 1, 2021.

Now closed.

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Questions? Contact Us:

Current UW Bothell Students

Kristen Labrecque

Prospective Students

UW Bothell Admissions
(425) 352-5000