Biology Endorsement Requirements

Biology 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.

Biology Endorsement Course Requirements

  • Biology Introductory Sequence with lab - 2-3 courses*
  • Biology with Lab - 2 courses
  • Anatomy & Physiology or Animal Physiology - 1 course
  • Ecosystems - 1 course
  • Evolution or Genetics - 1 course
  • Cell Biology - 1 course (can be substituted with Microbiology for 2022 application cycle)
  • Social Justice Issues in Science or Science in Society - 1 course
  • Calculus or Statistics
  • Chemistry Introductory Course Sequence - 2-3 courses*
  • Laboratory Internship or faculty-mentored research in biology

*Depends on institution (semester or quarter school)

Additional Requirements

  • 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

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

List of UW Bothell courses that satisfy Biology endorsement requirements

Endorsement Course Syllabus Review Request

Syllabus Review Form

Unsure whether a course you've taken satifies 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 alone 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