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How to Become a UWHS Teacher

UW in the High School accepts teacher applications between January and April of each year. Applications are currently closed. 

You must apply to teach a specific course and be approved by the UW department sponsoring the course. Not every course accepts teacher applications every year.

How to Apply

  1. Check the course status and teaching qualifications below for the course you'd like to teach. If the course status is listed as open, the department is accepting applications from teachers who meet the qualifications. If the status is closed, applications are not or no longer being accepted this year. 
  2. If the course is open, send your application materials to the UWHS office by email (uwhs@uw.edu) or fax (206- 543-6520) by the application deadline. We encourage you to apply early because some courses may fill before the deadline.

Course Status and Teacher Qualifications

At a minimum, prospective UWHS teachers must:

  • Be currently teaching in a Washington State public or private high school
  • Have a master’s degree
  • Have at least two years of teaching experience in the subject area at the high school level
  • Meet the minimum qualifications below for the course you would be teaching
     
Course Status Minimum Qualifications
ASL 103: Elementary Sign Language III Closed
  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • ASLTA certification
ASTR 101: Astronomy
ASTR 150: The Planets
Closed
  • B.S. or B.A. in astronomy, physics, chemistry, earth sciences or related field
  • Ability to teach astronomy at the college level as demonstrated by relevant coursework, professional development experiences and/or other significant background in the field
ATM S 111: Global Warming: Understanding the Issues Closed
  • M.S. or M.A. in physics, chemistry, earth science/geology, oceanography, atmospheric science or engineering, or B.S. in one of the above fields and recent significant involvement in climate change literacy or field-based research experiences related to climate change teacher efforts
  • Strongly recommended: College-level coursework in climate science
BIOL 100: Introductory Biology: Addiction and the Brain Closed
  • B.S. in biology or chemistry
  • M.S. or M.A. in teaching or education
  • At least 2 years teaching biology at the high school or college level
BIOL 118: Survey of Physiology Closed
  • B.S. in biology, chemistry or closely related field
  • M.S. or M.A. in teaching or education
  • Experience teaching physiology at the high school or college level
CHEM 110: Introduction to General Chemistry Closed
  • B.S. or B.A. in chemistry (preferred) or a physical or life science
  • Five total years or three consecutive years of experience teaching high school chemistry
CHIN 103: First-Year Chinese for Non-Heritage Learners Closed
  • M.A. in Chinese linguistics, Chinese literature, education or related field (master’s degree in another field considered if you have training in college-level Chinese instruction)
  • At least three years of Chinese language teaching experience
  • Strong Chinese language skills
C LIT 240: Writing in Comparative Literature Closed
  • M.A. in English or closely related field, including education or teaching
  • Experience teaching writing, especially at the junior and senior level
CSE 120: Computer Science Principles Closed
  • B.A. or B.S. in STEM field
  • Experience teaching programming
CSE 142: Computer Programming I
CSE 143: Computer Programming II
Closed
  • B.A. or B.S. in STEM–related field
ENGL 111: Composition: Literature
ENGL 131: Composition: Exposition
Closed
  • M.A. in English or closely related field, including education or teaching
  • Experience teaching writing, especially at the junior and senior level
ESRM 101: Forests and Society
ESRM 150: Wildlife in the Modern World
Closed
  • B.A or B.S. in biology, environmental science, forestry or closely related field
  • M.S. or M.A. in teaching or education
  • Experience teaching environmental science coursework at the high school or college level
FRENCH 103: Elementary French Closed
  • M.A. in French, education or related field
  • Advanced Low (ACTFL) or C1 (CEFR) language proficiency
  • Experience teaching French through immersion
FRENCH 201: Intermediate French Closed
  • Experience teaching UW French 103 through UWHS
  • Advanced Low (ACTFL) or C1 (CEFR) language proficiency
  • Contact the UWHS office for approval process
GERMAN 103: First-Year German Closed
  • M.A. in German, education or related field
  • Advanced Low (ACTFL) or B2 (CEFR) language proficiency
GERMAN 201: Second-Year German

Closed

G H 101: Introduction to Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies and Outcomes Closed
  • No specific degree requirements; interest and background in interdisciplinary study of global health
JAPAN 113: First-Year Japanese Closed
  • M.A. in Japanese, education or related field, such as TESOL, Asian studies or Japan-related humanity subjects (master’s degree in another field considered if you have substantial training in or experience teaching Japanese at the secondary and/or post-secondary level)
  • Advanced Low (ACTFL) language proficiency
JAPAN 211: Second-Year Japanese Closed
KOREAN 103: First-Year Korean Closed
  • M.A. in Korean, education or related field (master's degree in another field considered if you have training in college-level Korean instruction) 
  • Advanced Low (ACTFL) language proficiency
LATIN 103: Elementary Latin Closed
  • B.A. in Latin or equivalent
  • Experience teaching Latin, preferably at the Advanced Placement or college level
MATH 120: Precalculus
MATH 124: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MATH 125: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Closed
  • B.A. or B.S in math (not math education)

MODHEB 407: Hebrew in Song

Closed
  • M.A. in Hebrew literature, education or related field, such as TESOL or Israel-related humanity subjects (master’s degree in another field considered if you have substantial training in or experience teaching Hebrew at the high school and/or college level)
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology Closed
  • B.A. or B.S. in psychology or related field, such as biology or sociology
  • Preferred: College-level coursework and recent training and teaching experience in psychology, such as AP Psychology
SPAN 103: Elementary Spanish Closed
  • M.A. in Spanish, education, or related field
  • Advanced Low (ACTFL) language proficiency
SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish Closed

Application Materials

  • Teacher application form
  • Cover letter that includes:
    • What course you are applying to teach
    • How you meet the course-specific qualifications
    • How the UW course would fit within your school’s current course catalog
  • Current resume/CV that includes:
    • Your contact information
    • Degrees and endorsements
    • Teaching experience, including grade levels and courses taught
    • Additional professional development in the subject area (e.g., workshops)
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts for all degrees earned

Additional Application Materials (for certain courses only)

If you’re applying to any of the courses below, you must submit the additional materials indicated.

CHIN 103

  • 30-minute or longer video recording of your high school class that is comparable to CHIN 103; recording should not include quizzes or project presentations
  • For non-native speakers of Chinese only: Results from the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test

CSE 142

  • Include response in cover letter to these questions:
    • Other than learning the Java programming language, what are some of the core competencies you hope students will demonstrate in your course?
    • Have you ever completed a project that involved computer programming outside of the classroom (e.g., for a job, personal interest, etc.)? Describe this project and what you thought you did well and what you could have done better.
    • If you have not completed a programming project outside of the classroom, can you describe any medium-to-large project that you completed that required learning, planning and then doing? Describe the project and what you thought you did well and what you could have done better.

FRENCH 103

  • ACTFL or CEFR test results

FRENCH 201

  • ACTFL or CEFR test results

GERMAN 103

  • ACTFL or CEFR test results

JAPAN 103

  • For non-native speakers of Japanese only: Results from the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test; if test scores are unavailable, please indicate in your cover letter

KOREAN 103

  • ACTFL test results
  • You may be requested to submit a copy of any certification included on your resume/CV

PSYCH 101

  • Detailed syllabus
  • Sample materials (e.g., exam, project, lab) from your current high school psychology course

SPAN 103

  • For non-native speakers of Spanish only: Results from ACTFL tests in writing and speaking proficienct

Teacher Approval and Training

Each application is evaluated by the sponsoring UW academic department. For some courses, the department may request a classroom observation or additional information as part of the review and approval process.

You and your principal will be notified via email if you’ve been approved to teach the UW course, generally within two weeks of submitting your application to the UWHS office. 

Following approval, you are required to participate in both a program orientation and discipline-specific training before offering the UW course at your high school.

The program orientation covers the program's goals, policies and procedures, including course administration, student registration, and access to UW online resources. The orientation is approximately 30 minutes and is completed online.

In the discipline-specific training, UW departmental representatives lead new teachers through the expectations for delivering UW courses, including the course content, recommended or required assessments, and teaching resources. The length and date for the training varies by subject area. Trainings are typically held on the UW Seattle campus in late spring or summer.