Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification

History & Social Studies Endorsement Prerequisites

History & Social Studies Endorsement Prerequisites

he School of Educational Studies has approved a temporary suspension of admissions to the Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate. The program will be paused for two years (2022-2023; 2023-2024). Currently-enrolled students are not affected. We are reevaluating a program delivery model that will best serve our students, local school districts, and community. Please check back for further updates as they become available.


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 & Social Studies Endorsement Course Requirements

The School of Educational Studies is transitioned to a new set of History/Social Studies endorsement prerequisites for the 2023 application cycle. Students will have the option to choose either the History or the Social Studies endorsement, or even pursue both.

2023 Application Prerequisites 

  • 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

  • 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 prerequisites


Endorsement Course Syllabus Review Request

Evaluations are on pause while program is being reevaluated.

Unsure whether a course you've taken satisfies an endorsement prerequisite? Complete this form to request that a past, current, or future course be considered for an endorsement prerequisite. 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

Petitions are on pause while program is being reevaluated.

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

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

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