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Information for Teaching Candidates Applying to UW's Teacher Education Program (TEP)


The UW Teacher Education Program through the College of Education is a Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) degree program resulting in a Washington residency teaching certificate for elementary or secondary (specific subject) school teaching.

If you'd like some more basic information about obtaining teacher certification in Washington, please click here.

Candidates to UW Seattle's Teacher Education Program for secondary education certification who seek an English Language Arts secondary teaching endorsement should arrange to have their undergraduate course work evaluated by a UW Department of English adviser. Once you have completed all course work for the endorsement, a UW English adviser must sign the Endorsement Evaluation that accompanies your application to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The UW Seattle Teacher Education Program holds information sessions, which you are strongly encouraged to attend, and for which you can register on the web. For more information, contact edinfo@u.washington.edu or visit the Teacher Education Program web site.

To request an evaluation of your endorsement course work, please follow these steps:

If you are currently a UW undergraduate student, you can see an undergraduate adviser in English during normal academic advising hours for endorsement questions.

1. Gather copies of official (sealed) transcripts from each college or university you attended (please do not have these transcripts mailed to us directly by other schools; instead, gather them together and send them to us in a group along with your letter of intent and your other materials);

2. Gather catalog course descriptions for all courses that may meet endorsement requirements (it is acceptable to submit descriptions from the institution's general course catalog);

3. If a course's title does not make its content clear (e.g., "Shakespeare's Major Tragedies" is clear, whereas "British Literature Seminar" is not specific enough), please gather syllabi, lecture schedules, or other detailed materialto assist advisers in evaluating the specific content of English courses;

4. Compare the courses you've taken with the UW's required endorsement coursework in English Language Arts.

5. Prepare a cover letter that states your intent and provides us with contact information for you (e-mail, phone, mailing address);

6. Submit the materials above to English Undergraduate Advising, either in person or by postal mail (sorry, we cannot accept electronic or FAX submissions):

Submit in person:

Bring materials to A-2-B Padelford Hall. (Click here to view Padelford Hall on a UW campus map.) Enter Padelford from the southernmost front entrance, closest to Hall Health or the HUB. Go down two floors below Floor One to the Plaza Level (PL in the elevator or stairwell) and turn to your right for the entrance to A-2-B.

During the academic quarter, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. During quarter breaks, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. If you would like your materials mailed back to you, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Submit by mail:

English Undergraduate Advising
Department of English
Box 354330
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4330

If you would like your materials mailed back to you, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

An English Department adviser will contact you within two weeks of the receipt of your materials to discuss options with you.


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