Interested in Becoming a WA State Teacher?

There are multiple paths at the UW for those who are pursuing a career in classroom education, with some excellent paths outlined below for you to embark on after graduating with a bachelor’s degree:

Elementary Teacher Education Program

This one-year program has a focus on issues of equity and academic excellence. Graduates of the program are flexible, committed professional teachers with deep content knowledge in the entire elementary curriculum and the ability to differentiate learning for the students in their classrooms.

Students who complete this program earn a Master in Teaching degree and teaching certificate. The program requires field-based learning and academic coursework, which can be seen in more detail here. You will be eligible for certification after four consecutive quarters and meeting all other state and program requirements.

 

Secondary Teacher Education Program

Students of this one-year program earn a Master in Teaching degree, with a residency teacher certificate for middle or high school teaching in mathematics, sciences, social studies, language arts, or world languages, and optionally computer science.  Graduates are prepared to address adolescent-specific issues, to support youth from poverty-impacted communities, and to help these students make the transition into young adulthood.

The curriculum is grounded in content while maintaining a strong focus on issues of equity, access, and multicultural education. You will have multiple practica and receive a full year of school experience. There are also pathways for adding endorsement specializations in English Language Learners and computer science.

This cohort-based program starts in spring quarter and finishes with full-time student teaching in late winter. The program requires field-based learning and academic coursework, which can be seen in more detail here. You will be eligible for certification after four consecutive quarters and meeting all other state and program requirements.

 

Special Education Preparation Program

Students in this program develop the expertise to improve the lives and outcomes of students with disabilities from birth through adulthood. There are several options for graduate students interested in working with children and youth with disabilities and their families. Students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the program, in which you can earn your special education certification or endorsement.

Special Education Study Options:

Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed.)

Early Childhood Special Education (M.Ed./Cert.)

High Incidence-Learning and Behavioral Disabilities Special Education (M.Ed./Cert.)

Low-Incidence Teacher Education (M.Ed./Cert.)

 

Become a Seattle Teacher Resident

The Seattle Teacher Residency (STR) prepares residents to become teachers in the context of, and for classrooms in, Seattle Public Schools. This Master in Teaching program for individuals interested in elementary or special education blends classroom apprenticeship with aligned, graduate-level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership.  Graduates have a solid foundation in research-based teaching practice and a deep knowledge of curricula and resources used in Seattle schools.

Anyone who is passionate about teaching in urban schools and interested in making a five-year commitment to teaching in Seattle Public Schools should apply. The program requires field-based learning and academic coursework, which can be seen in more detail here.

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