Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate

Program Requirements

Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate Requirements

UW Bothell's Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate operates on a cohort model. Students are accepted once per year to begin coursework in Spring quarter and will take courses together throughout the program. Classes are held during the day, Monday-Friday.

School-Embedded Teaching Methods Coursework

A hallmark of our program is our school-embedded methods coursework.

 UW Bothell teacher candidate working with an elementary school student
UW Bothell teacher candidate working with an elementary school student on a math lesson as part of their Mathematics methods coursework.

School-embedded courses are university classes taught on-site at local elementary schools. These hands-on courses provide Elementary Education students with direct experience and contact with elementary school students. Elementary Education students not only learn about teaching, instruction, and student learning, but have the opportunity to practice lessons and see learning in action.

Program Requirements

18 credits - Foundations Courses

6 credits - Theory to Practice Courses

42 credits - Teaching Methods & Student Teaching

Teacher Certification Requirements

To be recommended for elementary teacher certification in Washington state, students must also complete these requirements:

  • Successfully complete student teaching internship
  • Pass the NES I and II Elementary Education exams - Attempted prior to student teaching and must be passed for certification
  • Complete and submit a Professional Growth Plan
  • Pass the edTPA assessment - Submitted in Winter Quarter of Elementary Education Cohort

Students will receive support and guidance on all certification requirements from academic advisors, field placement coordinators, and field instructors.

Elementary Education Course Fees

Some Elementary Education courses carry course fees. These fees cover the cost of honoraria for cooperating (mentor) teachers and a student's initial edTPA submission. Including the cost this assessment as a course fee allows students to use financial aid to cover the cost of edTPA.  

Course fees:

B EDUC 435 Student Teaching, Autumn Quarter, $325
B EDUC 435 Student Teaching, Winter Quarter, $625


Course Substitutions & Petitions

  • Current UW student: Course Petition Form (must be logged in to UW G Suite account)
  • Course Petitions are sent to Educational Studies faculty for consideration on the 15th of each month. Decisions will be sent to students by the 1st of the following month.
  • Students can petition up to 10 credits of coursework.
  • Petitions can include:
    • Request Course Exemption or substitution