Secondary Math or Science Certification

The Master of Education Program with a focus on Secondary Certification partners with local schools to prepare future teachers to help students in middle and high school gain knowledge and success in science or mathematics. The preparation of secondary teachers in science or mathematics education addresses among the most significant gaps in the teacher corps today.

The Secondary Certification program begins in summer quarter only and is four quarters of full-time (mostly evening) study and clinical practice (or approx. two years part-time) for the certificate only. Students wishing to also obtain a master’s degree can usually complete this in an additional year of part-time evening study which is conducive to a working teacher’s schedule.

This program is based on the most current educational research and theory. Our goal is to ensure that our graduates have a positive impact on student learning. Students will earn certification in a content area; secondary science, earth and space science, biology or mathematics.

Application deadlines

Admission requirements

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Complete applications received by the Application Date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the Application Date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Remember, several items are required to complete your application. Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been received.

Bachelor's Degree

from a regionally-accredited university or college. Applicants who are in the final quarter or semester of their undergraduate work may apply for provisional admission, but must hold a bachelor's degree before beginning the Secondary Certification Program.

3.0 Grade-Point Average

calculated from the applicant's final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be eligible for admission depending on the quality of their complete application file.

Signed, Printed Copy of UW Graduate School Application

When applying online, be sure to choose "Graduate" from the pull-down menu of application types, then "Education - Tacoma (MEd - Secondary Education)" from the pull-down menu of graduate programs. The Education Program does not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for admission to the Teacher Certification programs.

Unofficial transcripts

From every college or university you have attended must be uploaded into the online application. If admitted to the program, one official transcript from your bachelor's degree college (except if UW) will be required by the UW Seattle Graduate Admissions Office.

Courses in the Following Subject Areas

The applicant must have earned at least a 2.0 ("C") grade in all Mathematics or Science prerequisite courses and at least a 2.7 ("B-") grade in Developmental Psychology. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the Secondary Education program begins in summer quarter:

Secondary Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet OR Secondary Science Prerequisite Worksheet

Program Selection Document

requires that you indicate the certification option that you will pursue.

Personal goal statement

The mission and values of the University of Washington Tacoma Education Program underscore our primary goal of building teacher capacity to understand and meet P-12 student needs. In this context, please include the following in your 2 page double-spaced goal statement:

Holistic criteria will be used for goal statement evaluation and will include attention to clarity and quality of discussion, example specificity, and mechanics.

You may wish to review UWT education program mission/values for guidance.
  • A discussion of: 1) Your experiences in seeking to understand and meet the needs of children and youth; 2) and how those experiences shape your professional ambitions.
  • A discussion of how UWT graduate studies in the education program will help meet your professional goals.

Resume

of professional experience, educational background and other relevant information including volunteer experience.

Two Letters of Recommendation

The Letters of Recommendation are now incorporated into our online application and you will identify your recommenders within the application.

40 hours of documented experience

(minimum) within the last 5 years in a school classroom or group instructional setting. The experience should closely match the subject and age level you wish to teach. This requirement must be completed by the time the program begins in summer quarter.

Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B) scores

Required of all applicants to the Teacher Certification Program. Applicants must take the test no later than April 30, 2015 to be considered for admission to the Summer 2015 class. Visit the WEST-B website for a Study Guide, registration details, and other information about the test.

For information on WEST-B alternatives Click here!

For information on WEST-B exemptions Click here!

Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E) / National Evaluation Series (NES)

WEST-E in content area: Science , Earth and Space Science , Biology , or NES in content area: Mathematics. Applicants must take the test no later than April 30, 2015 to be considered for admission to the Summer 2015 class.

For more information on the WEST-E, please visit the WEST-E Website.

For more information on the NES, please visit the NES Website.

To review the WEST-B and WEST-E / NES test schedule for required test dates click here.

Personal Interview

Be prepared for a March to early April interview which will be conducted in a group format. You should prepare as you would for a job interview. This means you should dress as you would for teaching. In addition to responses to interview questions, faculty will be considering communication skills, professional behavior and your current perspective regarding teaching. This is an opportunity for you to shine as a prospective member of the cohort and to demonstrate professional skills. Please consider this in your planning and preparation for the interviews. The interview is required as part of the admissions process.

Important Immunization Information

All enrolled students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until the UW Tacoma Registrar's Office confirms that they have satisfied this requirement. Students born before 01/01/57 are considered to be immune to measles and therefore do NOT need to submit proof of immunity.

How to apply

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Applicants must apply online to the UW Graduate School and submit required documents to the UW Tacoma Education Program. The Education Program does not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for admission to the Teacher Certification programs.

The application checklist is a helpful document to ensure that all items are complete. No action can be taken until all materials are received.

Download the Application Checklist

In an envelope
addressed to:
Send the following materials:
Education Program
UW Tacoma
Campus Box 358435
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma WA 98402-3100

(1) Signed copy of the online - UW Graduate School application
(1) Unofficial transcript from every college/university attended (will also be uploaded into application)
(1) Completed Secondary Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet OR Secondary Science Prerequisite Worksheet
(1) Program Selection document
(1) Personal goal statement
(1) Resume
(1) Documentation of Classroom Experience form
(1) Official WEST-B scores
(1) Official WEST-E / NES scores

  Within the online Graduate School Application:
 

(2) Letters of Recommendation
(1) Unoffical transcript from every college/univeristy attended uploaded into application

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu; 253-692-4437)

Information sessions

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It is highly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions listed below.

Date Time Room RSVP
Monday, October 6, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm Cherry Parkes (CP) 331 Click to RSVP
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm Cherry Parkes (CP) 331 Click to RSVP
Thursday, December 11, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm Cherry Parkes (CP) 331 Click to RSVP
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm Cherry Parkes (CP) 331 Click to RSVP
Thursday, February 5, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Cherry Parkes (CP) 331 Click to RSVP

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Frequently asked questions

Where do I start the process of learning about the program?
It is highly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions listed in the tab above.

How long is the program?
The Secondary Certification program begins in summer quarter only and is four quarters of full-time (mostly evening) study and clinical practice (or approx. two years part-time) for the certificate only. Students wishing to also obtain a master’s degree can usually complete this in an additional year of part-time evening study which is conducive to a working teacher’s schedule.

What endorsements are offered?
Upon successful completion of the secondary education program, students will be recommended to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a Residency Teacher Certificate in your chosen endorsement area:

Mathematics

OR

Science: Science, Earth and Space Science and/or Biology for grades 5-12.

How do I know if I have satisfied all of the prerequisite courses required for admission to the program?
Depending upon the endorsement you are pursuing, complete the Secondary Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet or the Secondary Science Prerequisite Worksheet and contact the pre-admission adviser for prerequisite course evaluation: Carla Van Rossum at carlavr@uw.edu or 253-692-4437.

Where will I be placed for the clinical practice in the program?
We have contracts with several districts in the South Sound area. Students are not allowed to arrange their own clinical practice placements.

How much is tuition?
Please visit the tuition webpage for current tuition rates.

How do I get information about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities?
Please visit the Student Financial Aid website for Graduate Students and the Education Program Scholarship webpage.

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu; 253-692-4437)

Program plans

The Secondary Certification program is a 43-credit (teaching certificate only) or a 55-credit (teaching certificate with master's degree) program. Most courses are offered in the evening and may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The clinical practice requirement during winter and spring quarters takes place during regular school hours.

Secondary math certification program plan
Secondary science certification program plan

Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Education Program