Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate


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Requirements to Apply

All applicants must meet the following application requirements. We strongly encourage all prospective applicants to contact an Admissions or Educational Studies advisor prior to applying.

Application Components

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.


  • Online application 
  • Three Admissions Essays (250 words each)
         1. Based on your recent experiences in a public elementary school, what                have you learned about children as learners? (please see above admissions update)
         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)
  • Transcripts for all degree-granting institutions and institutions where you completed Academic Breadth coursework  (if completed as a non-matriculated student). Official transcripts must be sent directly to the UW Bothell Admissions Office.
  • Documentation of 20 hours of public elementary school classroom experience (submitted through the online application - supervising teacher will receive an email with an online form to verify hours) - please see above admissions update
  • 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
    • Submit a transcript or an enrollment verfication form for courses in progress.
  • Two Recommendations (submitted through the online application):
    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 (please see above admissions update)
    2. Academic (faculty) or Professional (employer) Recommendation
  • Reading, Writing & Math Test Scores
    • Scores older than 5 years are accepted
    • Accepted "basic skills" tests:

Please note you may experience a 24-48 hour delay after completing your application before the online system prompts you to upload supporting documentation. 

If you experience difficulty with the online application, or if you have any questions about the status of your application, you can contact the UW Bothell Office of Admissions by email at uwbinfo@uw.edu

Background Checks

Students accepted to the Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate 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:

November 1, 2020 (closed)

Students must submit all supporting documentation by December 1, 2020.

2022 application cycle opens September 1, 2021

Notification of Acceptance

Notification generally occurs by early to mid-February for this program.

Applicants will have until early-March to confirm their acceptance and secure their place in the program through a tuition deposit.

A waiting list for entry into the program will be maintained until the start of spring quarter.