How to Become a UWHS Teacher

UWHS accepts teacher applications between January and April of each year. 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.

Teacher Eligibility

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 for the course you would be teaching 

How to Apply

First, check the course status and teaching qualifications for the course you are interested in teaching.

Second, send your application materials to the UWHS office by email ( or fax (206- 543-6520). The application deadline is April 22, 2019. We encourage you to apply early because some courses may fill before the deadline.

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.


  • ACTFL or CEFR test results


  • ACTFL or CEFR test results


  • ACTFL or CEFR test results


  • 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


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


  • 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.