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 they would be teaching (qualifications are posted when teacher applications are open)

How to Apply

UWHS teacher applications are closed at this time. Contact the UWHS office if you have any questions or want to be added to a list of prospective UWHS teachers and notified when teacher applications are open. The next application window is scheduled to open in early January 2019. 

The standard UWHS application consists of an application form, cover letter, resume or CV, and unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Some courses may require additional application materials.

  • 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

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.