Educational Studies: Elementary Education Option



Requirements to Apply

  • Must be a declared Educational Studies Major for at least 1 quarter
  • Must have completed, or transfered in to UW Bothell, a minimum of 80 credits of community college or university coursework
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in most recent 80-90 credits of community college or university coursework
  • Completed Academic Breadth (or an SES advisor-approved plan for completion)
  • WAIVED for 2022-2023 application cycle: 20 hours of documented classroom experience completed in U.S. public K-5 grade classrooms, completed in the last two years and completed before application deadline 
  • Must have taken two Educational Studies Core Courses by start of the Elementary Education cohort in Spring Quarter (Core Courses are: B EDUC 205, 210, 300, 310)
  • Advisor-approved plan to complete Elementary Education foundation coursework

Students who do not meet all of these criteria are still encouraged to apply, as all applications are reviewed holistically. You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor to determine if the Elementary Education Option is the right path for you. Additionally, you may use the Supporting Documentation portion of the application to give the Admissions Committee more information about your academic experience.

Application Components

2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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
  • Three Admissions Essays (300-400 words each)
         1. 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?
         2. 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.
         3. 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?
  • Teaching Resume (2 page maximum; example here)
  • UW Bothell Transcripts (can be unofficial)
  • WAIVED for 2022-2023 application cycle: Documentation of 20 hours of public elementary school classroom experience
  • Documentation of completed Academic Breadth (submitted through the online application)
    • A School of Educational Studies advisor will work with you to complete a Academic Breadth Transcript Review form
  • Two Recommendations - any two from the following categories:
    1. School-Based Recommendation: a recommendation from a teacher who has observed you in an elementary school classroom
    2. Academic Recommendation: a recommendation from a university faculty member or college instructor (no high school teachers)
    3. 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

Background Checks

Students accepted to the Elementary Education Option 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.

Application to the 2023 Cohort is now closed.

The application to the 2024 cohort will open in Fall 2023.

Questions? Contact Us:

Current Pre-Elementary Education Students

Cristal Rangel Peña


Pre-Major Advising
(425) 352-3427

Prospective First Year or Transfer Students

UW Bothell Admissions
(425) 352-5000