Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate
The Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Program prepares students to become certified high school or middle school teachers in the state of Washington. Upon completion of this highly-structured, full-time, four-quarter program, students will meet all of the requirements to be recommended for Washington State Residency teacher certification.
UW Bothell's "cohort model" post-baccalaureate program progresses students together through a series of teaching foundations and adolescent development coursework, along with hands-on teaching methods courses and a structured student-teaching internship. You will be challenged to apply and extend what you learn in class to your work with youth in several school settings.
COVID-19 Admissions Update
Because many Washington school districts will start the 2020-21 school year with remote learning, the School of Educational Studies is waiving the 20 hours of classroom experience application requirement for all teacher certification programs for the 2020-21 application cycle. Elementary and Secondary certification applicants are instead encouraged to submit documentation of any experience with children or adolescents they may have had in the last two years, including classroom, youth programming, daycare or volunteer experiences. Applicants may reflect on these experiences when answering application essay questions. Additionally, applicants may substitute their School-Based Recommendation with an additional Academic or Employer Recommendation.
Washington state secondary teachers must be endorsed in a specific content area. UW Bothell supports the following endorsements:
- Full-time, day-time program
- Summer Quarter start
- Teaching methods courses provide direct experience and contact with high school students.
- Teaching methods courses held in local high schools and taught by full-time UW faculty
- Students progress through program as a cohort, fostering an enhanced learning community and life-long professional colleagues
- Students learn to design and employ curriculum and instructional practices that promote equity and social justice
- School placement partnerships with local school districts serving diverse student populations
- Dedicated academic advising and school placement staff
- Professional development and certification exam preparation workshops
- Students may use financial aid to fund program