Application Checklist

  1. Post-baccalaureate application with a $60 application fee (apply here).
  2. Official transcript(s) showing all academic breadth coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the most recent 90 graded upper-division quarter hours.
  3. Documentation of academic breadth
  4. Official WEST-B Basic Skills test score report
  5. Documentation of experience working with children form(s)
  6. Response to two essay questions
  7. A Current Resume (1 page total)
  8. Three recommendations forms
  9. Optional supporting documentation or comments.

Documentation of Academic Breadth

Strong teachers in 21st century K-8 classrooms must show competence across a breadth of subject areas. The knowledge you bring to your future classroom should come from a broad range of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary college coursework (100-level and above).

UW Bothell has determined that the following subject area knowledge is crucial to successful  K-8 teaching:

  • Social Sciences –2 courses in social science areas (e.g., U.S. History, sociology, geography, economics, political science, global studies, gender studies, etc.)
  • English – 2 courses, 1 must be in composition and 1 can be in any area of English literature or writing. (Courses with “W” designations do not automatically count toward this requirement.)
  • Math – 2 courses, 1 should focus on Math for Teachers and 1 can be in any other math area (e.g., functions, college algebra, statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, etc.). *See note below regarding upcoming Math for Teachers courses
  • Science – 2 courses from two different science areas, 1 lab required (e.g., biology, chemistry, climate science, oceanography, geology, physics, engineering, etc.).
  • Fine Arts – 1 course focusing on the creation of or practice of an area of fine art (e.g., drawing, dance, music, photography, etc.)

Please document this critical college coursework on the K-8 Academic Breadth Transcript Review Form, available here.

Only classes at 100-level and above, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) will be accepted. All academic breadth coursework must be verified with official college transcripts and completed by March 31 of the year you enter the program.

It is important that teacher candidates are confident in their knowledge in the broad range of subject areas listed above. If you think you might need to brush up on any of these subject areas, the faculty of the K-8 Teacher Certification Program strongly recommends that you consider taking a class or workshop to become current.

*Math for Teachers courses are offered at the following locations/times. Please contact the college or university admissions office directly for enrollment and scheduling information.

Fall Quarter, 2018

  • UW Bothell: B EDUC 391 (Math 170)
  • Cascadia College: Math 131
  • Bellevue College: Math 131
  • South Seattle Community College:  Math 131/132, both online

Winter Quarter, 2019

  • Cascadia College: Math 132
  • Bellevue College: Math 131 & 132

Basic Skills Assessment WEST-B (095, 096, 097)

Teacher Certification applicants are required by the State of Washington to take the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic or the WEST-B. It is required of all applicants to Washington-approved teacher preparation programs.

  • The test consists of three separate subtests:
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Please read the information carefully on the WEST-B website for test dates and score reporting dates. Score reports are a requirement at time of application to the University of Washington Bothell K8 Teacher Certification Program. Please include a copy of your test results with your application.

We have the West B guides in the UW Bothell Library.  Links to these items in the current catalog can be found below.

Candidates entering a Washington approved teaching preparation program may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST-B.  More information, with specific numeric passing scores is located on the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) website.  If applicable, SAT/ACT score reports are a requirement at time of application.

Documentation of Experience Working With Children

Document a minimum of 60 hours of work with elementary and middle level school children within the past two years. At least 30 of these hours must be in U.S. K-9 public school classrooms. These hours must be completed prior to the application deadline. Additional hours of observation and experience in public school settings are highly recommended. The documentation of hours form is available online and may be duplicated.

Application Essay

Successful UW Bothell applicants think carefully about the interconnectedness between children, schools, and society, demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and are committed to the promotion of social justice and inclusion.

Please respond to the following prompts:

  1. Based on your recent experiences inside and outside of K8 schools, what have you learned about children, learning, and the role you will have as a teacher in a diverse society? (250-350 words total)
  2. Describe yourself as a learner. Give an example of something you pursued that led you to a surprising place. (250-350 words total)

Essay Resources:
Teaching Tolerance (social justice)
Rethinking Schools (inclusion)

Recommendation Forms

 Applicants should have 3 recommendations forms:

a. Academic recommendation form (Professor or Instructor)
b. Employer recommendation form (Professional)
c. School-Based recommendation form (Work with children)

Download the 3 recommendation forms, fill out the top section, then give the forms to the people writing the recommendations.  Recommendation forms should be sent to UWB via email to with the email subject “K-8 Post Bac Application [student’s name]”. 

Minimum Grade Point Average

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the most recent 90 graded upper-division quarter hours is required. Strong applications that do not document a 3.0 GPA may be considered.

Optional Supporting Documentation

You may supply two additional pieces of recent supporting documentation (which is optional) that will help the Admissions Committee assess your qualifications. The content and format of this documentation are up to you, but please address the specific qualifications sought by the program.


Applications for Spring 2019 will open

September 1, 2018


Application Deadline for

Spring 2019 is

December 1, 2018

Use the Academic Breadth Worksheet to determine if you have completed the required coursework for a K-8 endorsement.

Recommendation forms should be sent to UWB via email to with the email subject “K-8 Post Bac Application [student’s name]”.