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 available to browse and for applicants to prepare. The UW Graduate School portal will begin accepting submissions within the next few weeks.

Application CycleDeadlineSelection Day*Final Decision Notification Date
Early ApplicationOctober 22, 2021December 1, 2021January 21, 2022
Final ApplicationJanuary 21, 2022March 2022 (exact date TBD)April 8, 2022

*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.
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.
Three References
Each reference should complete a STR reference survey. References should email completed forms to
Unofficial Transcripts
Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded in the online application. Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program.
Basic Skills Test (WEST-B)
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.
NES 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 2022. 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.

Get your own copy of the detailed application checklist here!

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 before the application 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, 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 low income communities and historically marginalized student populations.
Leadership Ability
Applicants are committed to ongoing learning, collaboration, and communication. They demonstrate resilience and perseverance, especially when faced with challenges.
Prior Experience with Youth
Volunteer or professional work experience with 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
  • Parents
  • Out-of-staters
  • AmeriCorps/Peace Corps alumni
  • People of all ages and backgrounds

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