Adding an Endorsement
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Adding an Endorsement


PLEASE NOTE: Endorsements CANNOT be added by testing only unless specifically identified as Pathway 1.

** Scholarships are available for adding endorsements in shortage areas.**  For more information, see retooling.

 

Pathway 1 or 2

Pathway 1 - Must pass a WEST-E/NES test in a desired endorsement that is closely compatible with an endorsement already held, or Pathway 2 - pass the WEST-E/NES test in a desired endorsement that is somewhat compatible with an endorsement already held, plus successfully undergo evaluation of teaching skill in the desired endorsement area by a Washington college/university. Please see the Pathway Chart for compatible endorsements available via Pathway 1 or Pathway 2. Recent changes have been made to the pathway chart, effective 12/1/2015. Please review the chart carefully before submitting an application.

Washington colleges offering pedagogy assessment.

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Process:

  • Pathway 1 - Submit APPLICATION.
  • Pathway 2 - Follow instructions of your college/university. The college/university will submit verification of program completion to OSPI for you.

Pathway 3 - Program

Consult with your college/university for advice on requirements. Methods, field experience/internship, and subject matter credit hour requirements* are as follows:

  • Methods course(s). Certificated teachers are required to complete related methods coursework in the desired endorsement area.
  • Field experience/internship. For at least one endorsement area, certificated teachers are required to complete a supervised practicum which includes teaching in the specific endorsement area. For additional endorsement areas, the college will determine whether to require a field experience/internship, and the extent of that internship.
  • Complete appropriate content area testing. The WEST-E/NES.

View available in-state programs.

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Process:

  • In-state: Follow instructions of your college/university. The college/university will submit verification of program completion to OSPI for you.
  • Out-of-state: Submit APPLICATION.

Your out-of-state institution must complete the Institutional Verification of Endorsement Program Completion and Character form (1522E). You must include the completed form when you apply for the additional endorsement.

Pathway 4 - NBPTS

The subject area or grade level indicated on the National Board certificate must be comparable to one of the Washington endorsement areas. (See NBPTS Exemption)

Process: Submit APPLICATION.


Pathway 5 - Migration

Certain endorsements may be added by means of migration to align previously-issued endorsements with current standards. (See migration chart.)


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   Updated 9/13/2016

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