Program Requirements

Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate Requirements

UW Bothell's Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate operates on a cohort model. Students are accepted once per year to begin coursework in Summer 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. School-embedded courses are university classes taught on-site at local high schools. These hands-on courses provide Secondary Certification students with an immersive experience and direct contact with high school students. Secondary Certification students not only learn about teaching, instruction, and student learning, but have the opportunity to practice lessons and see learning in action.

Program Requirements

20 credits - Foundations Courses

6 credits - Theory to Practice Courses

31 credits - Teaching Methods & Student Teaching

  • B EDUC 406 Introduction to Field Placement - held late August through September (2 credits)
  • B EDUC 4XX Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment in Middle and Secondary Education I (5)
  • B EDUC 4XX Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment in Middle and Secondary Education II (5)
  • B EDUC 435 Student Teaching - Autumn Quarter (2 credits)
  • B EDUC 435 Student Teaching - Winter Quarter (5 credits)
  • B EDUC 435 Student Teaching - Spring Quarter (10 credits)
  • B EDUC 439 Knowing, Teaching, and Assessing in Tribal Sovereignty (2 credits) - 70% online

Program Overview by Quarter

Summer Quarter - 12 credits

  • Foundations Coursework held at UW Bothell or online, including Community Based Learning and Research hours at local site placement
  • Introduction to Field Placement held mid-August through September; students at high school placements Monday through Friday for teacher-contracted hours; introductory seminars held at UW Bothell. Students must be available full-time beginning in mid-August.

Autumn Quarter - 15 credits

  • Coursework held at UW Bothell
  • School-embedded methods coursework held at partner high schools
  • Student teaching at high school placement site - students in schools for teacher-contracted hours

Winter Quarter - 12-15 credits

  • Coursework held at UW Bothell
  • School-embedded methods coursework held at partner high schools
  • Student teaching at high school placement site - students in schools for teacher-contracted hours; transition to full-time student teaching (Monday through Friday) approximately mid-quarter

Spring Quarter - 12-17 credits

  • Coursework held at UW Bothell
  • Student teaching at high school placement site - students in schools full-time, Monday through Friday, for teacher-contracted hours

Teacher Certification Requirements

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

  • Pass the WEST-E content test for Biology or History endorsements or NES content test for English Language Arts, Mathematics or Physics endorsements - Attempted prior to student teaching and must be passed for certification
  • Successfully complete student teaching internship
  • Complete and submit a Professional Growth Plan
  • Pass the edTPA assessment - Submitted in Spring Quarter

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


Policies

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
    • Substitute SES course for a course taken at a previous institution