STR Application Requirements

All applications for the STR program are submitted through the University of Washington Graduate School online application system. After logging into your account, select the Graduate program: Education – Seattle (MIT – Teacher Education – Elementary Seattle Teacher Residency). For Special Education Pathway applicants, indicate this option under "Area of Interest" in the online application.

The application for Cohort 10 (2022-23) is now closed. Recruitment for Cohort 11 (2023-2024) is now open! All documents attached to website (as of April 4, 2022) will be subject to change. Please be patient with us as we update our information and application process to serve our Residents better!

Application CycleDeadlineSelection Day*Final Decision Notification Date
Early Application Dates Subject to ChangeOctober 21, 2022December 2, 2022January 20, 2023
Final Application Dates Subject to ChangeJanuary 19, 2024March 15, 2024April 12, 2024

*Selection Day is a full day consisting of interviews and performance tasks and is a requirement for admission into STR.

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Bachelor's Degree
Your Bachelor’s degree must be completed before starting the STR program. There is no specific major/coursework requirement for the program.
Your resume should detail relevant work and volunteer experience especially any experience with youth, K-5 setting or service with students.
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose has 3 sections, with separate prompts and maximum word counts. It is recommended that you save them as 3 separate files and submit in PDF or MS-Word format before uploading to the online application. *We are currently in the process of updating the Statement of Purpose document for our Cohort 11 for the year 2023-2024. Please use this document as a tool to prepare while we release the updated version. Thank you for your patience!
Three References
Each reference should complete a STR reference survey. References should email completed forms to *We are currently in the process of updating the Reference Forms document for our Cohort 11 for the year 2023-2024. Please use this document as a tool to prepare while we release the updated version. Thank you for your patience!
Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded in the online application. Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program. Note that if you are a University of Washington graduate, it is not necessary to send official transcripts. All other applicants must submit an official transcript directly from your institution to the Graduate School.
Basic Skills Test (WEST-B or Equivalent)
The State of Washington requires all teacher certification candidates take an approved assessment of Basic Skills in writing, reading and mathematics.

Applicants can upload their score report in the online application. If the report is not available to upload, applicants must then send official scores to UW from the testing agency. You may also submit your ACT/SAT scores as a replacement for the Basic Skills (WEST-B) test. There is no threshold score you need to meet; however, you must submit ACT/SAT scores or submit scores for WEST-B.
NES Elementary Education Content Knowledge Test
All applicants must take the The NES Elementary Education Subtests I and II (tests 102/103) before the program start date in June 2023 (for Cohort 11). The passing score for NES Subtests I and II are 220. Passage of these subtests are a requirement for teacher certification.
Application Fee
There is a non-refundable $85 application fee, due when you are ready to submit. Fee waivers can be requested on the final screen before submission and take several business days to process.

Application checklist here! *We are currently in the process of updating the Application Checklist document for our Cohort 11 for the year 2023-2024. Please use this document as a tool to prepare while we release the updated version. Thank you for your patience!

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the Seattle Teacher Residency program, you must: hold a 4-year Bachelor’s degree by the time the program starts, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, take the WEST-B test or equivalent test scores before the program start deadline, and be legally authorized to work in the United States.

What are we looking for?

Commitment to Social Justice and Racial Equity
Our strongest applicants have a deep belief that all students can learn and a sense of responsibility for student learning. They are open and willing to engage around issues of power, privilege, equity, race, gender, systemic racism, white supremacy and socioeconomic background.
Passion for Service in Urban Communities
STR applicants make a minimum 5-year commitment (post-residency year) to teaching in Seattle Public Schools in schools serving historically marginalized student populations.
Leadership Abilities
Applicants are committed to ongoing learning, collaboration, and communication. They demonstrate resilience, perseverance and ask for support, especially when faced with challenges.
Prior Experience with Youth
Volunteer or professional work experience with K-5 youth is strongly encouraged. In particular, successful and sustained engagement with youth of color from urban settings is highly valued in the admissions process.
Academic Preparation and Content Knowledge
Applicants should show evidence of being prepared to engage K-5 students in content across subject areas in elementary schools, including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Past Residents include…

  • Recent college graduates going on to earn their Master’s degree
  • School paraprofessionals and instructional assistants
  • Career changers
  • Master’s degree holders and PhD candidates
  • Parents
  • Out-of-staters
  • AmeriCorps/Peace Corps alumni
  • People of all backgrounds and diverse identity markers!

Click here to access the UW Application and submit your application today!