History Endorsement Requirements

History Endorsement Requirements

The School of Educational Studies is transitioning to a new set of History/Social Studies endorsement requirements for the 2023 application cycle. The 2022 and 2023 endorsement requirements are listed below.

Why an Endorsement?

Washington state teachers must be certified to teach and must hold an endorsement in a teaching subject. To be eligible for an endorsement, applicants must complete college-level coursework in their endorsement subject to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of various topics in the discipline. Specific endorsement competency areas are outlined by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board.

History Endorsement Course Requirements

2022 Application Requirements

  • United States History - 3-4 courses*
          2-3 courses* must be United States history pre & post-1865
          1 course must cover a United States marginalized community
  • Washington or Pacific Northwest History - 1 course
  • Ancient World (pre-600 CE) - 1 course
  • European History - 2 courses
  • Global Studies or Non-Western History - 2 courses
  • History Methods or Historical Research - 1 course
  • American Government - 1 course
  • Geography - 1 course
  • Economics - 1 course

*Depends on institution (semester or quarter school)

2023 Application Requirements - Endorsement will be History/Social Studies

  • United States History - 3 courses
  • Global Studies or World History - 3 courses
  • History or Social Sciences Methods or Research - 1 course
  • Social Sciences - 3 courses
           Civics, political science, U.S. government, geography, and/or economics
  • History of Marginalized Communities - 3 courses
    • History centering BIPOC, LGBTQ, women, or other historically/globally marginalized groups
    • Courses in this category can satisfy other area requirements

Additional Requirements

2022 & 2023 Applications

  • Courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 or C will be accepted
  • 100-level or higher community college or university course level will be accepted
  • Courses may fulfill more than one content area requirement (Example: a history methods class that covers Japanese history would fulfill History Methods and Global Studies requirements)

Transcript Review

It is strongly recommended that applicants work with an admissions or School of Educational Studies advisor to complete an endorsement area transcript review to determine if any course requirements are missing.

Applicants may be asked to submit a syllabus to determine whether a course meets endorsement area competencies.

Approved UW Bothell Endorsement Courses

Lists of UW Bothell courses that satisfy History or History/Social Studies endorsement requirements


Endorsement Course Syllabus Review Request

Syllabus Review Form

Unsure whether a course you've taken satisfies an endorsement requirement? Complete this form to request that a past, current, or future course be considered for an endorsement requirement. Please submit the course syllabus - course descriptions will not be reviewed.

Please provide up to two weeks for requests to be processed.


Endorsement Course Petition

Petition Form

Prospective Secondary & Middle Level students may petition to substitute an endorsement area requirement with a course from another area. Additionally, prospective students may request an exemption from an endorsement requirement. Sample petitions: 

  • Sample substitution request: substitute one requirement for another because institution did not offer courses in that area 

  • Sample exemption request: earned lower than a 2.0 in an endorsement requirement, but completed an advanced degree in the discipline