Bachelor's degree conferred before program starts.
Prerequisite Courses – One course each for education of an ethnic group, developmental psychology, and math for elementary teachers. A list of UW courses is available on the application checklist. The prerequisites can also be completed at a community college; a list of local community college courses that satisfy the prequisites is available. You may also submit a prerequisite evaluation form if you'd like to have your transcripts evaluated to see if previous courses may be used to meet the prerequisites.
Resume – detailing work experience, academic experience, honors, etc.
Goal Statement – 300-500 words (1-2 double spaced pages). Successful UW MIT applicants demonstrate strong knowledge of subject matter content knowledge, a passion for teaching traditionally underserved populations, and an interest in issues of social justice. Draw upon your personal experiences and qualities to explain your interest in becoming a teacher. Explain your views on the role of education in society and your reasons for wanting to enter the teaching profession. Describe how your educational background and your educational experience working with youth have influenced your interest in teaching. Indicate how your talents, skills, and experiences might contribute to the UW TEP community (may include: diverse cultural experiences, family background, extracurricular activities, accomplishments, career goals, life and work experiences, obstacles you have overcome, special talents) and why the elementary MIT is a good fit for your goals. Your statement will be read by the Admissions Committee that includes university faculty and staff and school administrators, and teachers with whom you may be placed for internships.
Character and Fitness form
A minimum of 40 hours of documented experience (observation and participation) with the age level you wish to teach, in a high needs school, group instructional setting, within the last 5 years, in a culturally and racially diverse community in the United States. (Classroom experience through EDUC 401, the Pipeline Program may be used.) Document your experience using the Description and Assurance of Classroom Observation form.
2 letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (must be from sources other than 40 hours)
West-B/Basic Skills Test - State required basic skills assessment for all teacher candidates. Applicants must pass the reading, writing, and math subtests of the WEST-B, Praxis I, CBEST, ACT, or SAT. Visit the WEST website for registration information and upcoming test dates. For those who passed the SAT/ACT prior to the inclusion of the writing subtest you will need to pass the WEST-B writing exam in order to meet the basic skills requirement. Official scores must be sent to the UW in addition to uploading a copy to your application. Any test taken after the application deadline must be petitioned as part of the online application. Passing scores for the SAT/ACT are listed below:
27.5 (beginning 3/5/16)
27 (beginning 3/5/16)
500 (through 3/4/16)
28 (beginning 3/5/16)
490 (through 3/4/16)
Writing scores prior to 2005 cannot be accepted.
8 (beginning 9/1/16)
8 (through 8/31/15)
ACT: Contact Student Services Score Report (319-337-1270) to order your score report in addition to requesting your scores be sent to University of Washington, Seattle. The cost is $12 for your score report plus $21 archive fee. Be sure to specify that your scores are sent to the UW. ACT scores prior to 1995 cannot be used to meet the basic skills requirement.
SAT: Call 866-756-7346 and ask that your scores be sent to University of Washington, Seattle, school code #4854. The cost is $12 for your score report plus $31 archive fee.
NES – State required content knowledge test. Visit the testing website for registration information, test dates, and sample questions. Elementary candidates must pass the Elementary Eduation subtests 102 and 103. The NES is not required at the time of application but must be passed in order to proceed with full time student teaching. Please note that NES is replacing the WEST-E as the state's required content assessment exam beginning September 1, 2014.
3.0 grade point average from the most recent 90 graded quarter (60 semester) credits.
Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended in the last 5 years, including where your degree was earned, should be uploaded to your online application. Transcripts must note your degree conferral if you have completed your degree.
For those interested in the Bilingual Education endorsement: Be sure to review requirements for the Bilingual Educator CApacity (BECA) Fellowship.
Submit your MIT application using the online Graduate School Application. Any paper documents should be mailed to the Office of Student Services, 206 Miller Box 353600, University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195-3600.