Physics Endorsement Requirements

Physics Endorsement Requirements


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.

Physics Endorsement Course Requirements

  • Physics Introductory Sequence - 2-3 courses*
  • Classical Mechanics - 1 course
  • Modern Physics - 1 course
  • Thermal Physics - 1 course
  • Physics in Society - 1 course
  • Upper-Division Physics - 2 courses
          300-level or higher
  • Faculty-mentored Research in Physics or Physics Education
  • General Chemistry - 1 course
  • Calculus Sequence - 2-3 courses*
          Multivariable Calculus encouraged, but not recommended
  • Differential Equations- 1 course

*Depends on institution (semester or quarter school)

Additional Requirements

  • Courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 will be accepted
  • 100-level or higher community college or university course level will be accepted, except where 300-level requirement is noted
  • Courses may fulfill more than one content area requirement 
  • Because courses may fulfill multiple requirements, students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of coursework in Physics (a major in Physics is not required)

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.

Endorsement Course Petition

Petition Form

Applicants may submit an endorsement course petition. The following petitions will be considered:

  • Exemption from endorsement requirement

  • Substitute endorsement area course requirement with a course from another area

Endorsement Course Syllabus Review Request

Syllabus Review Form

Current and prospective UW Bothell students may request that a course which is not included on approved course lists be considered for an Endorsement requirement.

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