Adding an Endorsement
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Adding an Endorsement

   Educators may add endorsements to their Washington certificate in ONE of THREE ways:
  
* Subject matter requirements include documented coursework and/or experience that addresses the competencies in a specific endorsement area.

A  

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.

View available in-state programs (on the PESB Web site)

View Testing Information

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.*

Electronic Certification Application
benefits of applying online

OR

Download Certification Forms

B

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.*

Electronic Certification Application
benefits of applying online

OR

Download Certification Forms

 

C

For Pathway 1 or 2, you must have at least 90 days of teaching experience in the compatible endorsement area you are currently endorsed. (Pathway 1) Must pass a WEST-E test in a desired endorsement that is closely compatible with an endorsement already held, or (Pathway 2) pass the WEST-E 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.

The Professional Educator Standards Board maintains a list of Washington colleges offering the pedagogy assessment.

Note: Pathways 1 and 2 are for individuals who hold an endorsement under current guidelines. If you hold an endorsement under previous guidelines click here

View Testing Information

 

Process:

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

*For details on the documents needed and process to obtain an additional endorsement, please see the application.

 

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