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

  • 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?
         2. What strengths and perspectives do you bring to a cohort of teacher                    candidates?
         3. How does your decision to become a teacher align with our program’s                emphasis on equity and social justice in curriculum and instruction?
  • 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 your 20 hours of experience in a K-5 grade classroom (submitted through the online application - supervising teacher will receive an email with an online form to verify hours)
  • 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
    2. Academic (faculty) or Professional (employer) Recommendation
  • WEST-B Basic Skills Test, SAT, or ACT test scores
    • Note on HB 1621: Governor Jay Inslee recently signed HB 1621 which changes the WEST-B (Basic Skills) testing requirement for Washington state teaching certification. Before HB 1621, all teacher candidates were required to pass all three WEST-B subtests with a score of 240 or higher for admission to a teaching preparation program. This new law still requires that teacher candidates take the WEST-B or an equivalent basic skills exam like the SAT or ACT , but no longer requires a score of 240 for admission or to become a certified teacher.

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

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.

Appy Now!

The application to join the Spring 2020 cohort is now open.


Application Deadline:

November 1, 2019

Students must submit all supporting documentation by December 1, 2019.

Notification of Acceptance

Notification generally occurs by late February for this program.

Applicants will have until mid-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.