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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

  • Online application (now closed)
  • 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. 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?
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Reading, Writing & Math Test Scores
    • Scores older than 5 years are accepted
    • Accepted "basic skills" tests:
      • SAT Reading, Writing & Math sections
      • ACT Reading, Writing & Math sections
      • WEST-B, Reading, Writing & Math subtests
    • Note on HB 1621: In 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1621 which changed 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.

Application Deadline:

November 1, 2020

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

Applications to the Spring 2021 Cohort will open in Autumn 2020.

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.