Requirements to Apply
All applicants, regardless of intended endorsement, must meet the following application requirements. We strongly encourage all prospective applicants to contact an Admissions or Educational Studies advisor prior to applying.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
Note: International transcripts must be evaluated prior to application
- Completed Endorsement Area Coursework (or an Educational Studies/admissions advisor-approved plan for completion)
Secondary teachers must be endorsed in a specific content area:
- 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits of graded upper-division coursework
- WAIVED for 2021-2022 application cycle: 20 hours of documented work with secondary or middle-level students in U.S. public 6-12 grade classrooms, completed in the last two years
- Meet all UW Bothell admissions requirements
2021-2022 COVID-19 Update
In recoginition of the many challenges faced by applicants and school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Educational Studies is waiving the 20 hours of classroom experience application requirement for all teacher certification programs for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Elementary Education and Secondary & Middle Level certification applicants may list any classroom experience they may have on their resume, and reflect on their experience when answering application essay questions.
- Online application
- Four Admissions Essays
- Why do you want to be a teacher? What does it take to be a good teacher? Where do you need to grow in order to become one?
- Share what strengths and perspectives you would bring to UW Bothell's teacher certification program based on your lived experiences. Include examples of yourself as a learner and what you've learned from your interactions with youth.
- Describe your learning related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how you respond when new or challenging issues arise. How will you bring this learning into your future practice as a teacher?
- What connections do you see between your endorsement area and educational equity and social justice? What do you want to learn about these connections?
- Teaching-focused Resume (example here)
- Transcripts for all degree-granting institutions and institutions where you completed content area coursework
- Submit enrollment verfication forms for courses in progress.
- WAIVED for 2021-2022 application cycle: Documentation of 20 hours of classroom experience in a 6-12 grade classroom
- Endorsement Area Coursework form completed by a School of Educational Studies advisor
- An admissions advisor will help you work with the School of Educational Studies to review your transcripts for endorsement coursework and complete an endorsement area coursework form
- Two Recommendations - any two from the following:
- School-Based Recommendation: a recommendation from a teacher who has observed you in a middle or high school classroom
- Academic Recommendation: a recommendation from a university faculty member or college instructor (no high school teachers)
- Professional Recommendation: a recommendation from an employer or supervisor
*Please note: the School of Educational Studies does not accept recommendations from family members
- Reading, Writing & Math Test Scores
- Scores older than 5 years are accepted
- Accepted "basic skills" tests:
- SAT Reading, Math, Writing or Essay sections
- ACT Reading, Math, & Writing sections
- WEST-B, Reading, Math, & Writing subtests
Recommended but not required: Endorsement Area Test Scores
- Passing WEST-E test scores for History endorsement
- Passing NES test scores for Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, Mathematics or Physics endorsements
Please note you may experience a 24-48 hour delay after completing your application before the online system prompts you to upload supporting documentation.
If you experience difficulty with the online application, or if you have any questions about the status of your application, you can contact the UW Bothell Office of Admissions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students accepted to the Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate will be legally required to submit their fingerprints to the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State Patrol and FBI background checks.
Approved background checks are required before a teacher candidate can apply for their Pre-Residency Clearance, a pre-certification legally required for student teaching.
If students have any questions or concerns about fingerprinting or the implications of state and federal background checks, please contact an Educational Studies advisor.