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

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 23, 2018. We encourage you to apply early because some courses may fill before the deadline.

Application Materials

  • Teacher application form
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts for all degrees earned
  • 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

‚ÄčAdditional Application Materials (Certain Courses Only)

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

CHEM 110

  • Include additional detail beyond employment history and education in resume/CV; as applicable, include continuing education or trainings attended, conference or meeting presentations, publications and certifications
  • Syllabus of current high school chemistry course, including course outcomes, outline and course schedule
  • Current textbook information: title, edition, author, publisher and ISBN

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 (i.e., 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.

ENGL 111/131

  • In your cover letter describe your experience teaching writing and explain how you view and incorporate the UW Expository Program Outcomes in your writing instruction


  • 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.