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 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

Sample Schedule by Quarter

17 credits - Foundations Courses

6 credits - Theory to Practice Courses

40 credits - Teaching Methods & Student Teaching


Course Substitions & Petitions

Certification Requirements

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

  • 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.