Endorsement offerings for practicing educators

Pathways

Three pathways are available to certified teachers wishing to add an endorsement to their teaching certificate:

  • Pathway 1 is for teachers who wish to add an endorsement that is compatible in instructional methodology and content skills to their current endorsement.
  • Pathway 2 is for teachers who wish to add an endorsement that is similar in instructional methodology and content skills to their current endorsement.
  • Pathway 3 is for teachers who wish to add an endorsement that is neither compatible nor similar in instructional methodology and content skills to their current endorsement.

Refer to the Pathway Chart which lists endorsements that can be acquired via Pathway 1 and 2. For Pathway 3 endorsements, see below.

Pathway 1

Eligibility criteria:

  • Hold an endorsement that is compatible to the one being added (refer to Pathway Chart ).
  • Must have taught at least 90 days in your currently held endorsement area identified as a Pathway 1 option for the endorsement you wish to add.

Steps:

  1. Complete the Request for an Endorsement to a Washington State Teaching Certificate form and all supporting documents and mail, including appropriate fee, as directed on application.
  2. Pass the Washington Educators Skills Test-Endorsement (WEST-E) / National Evaluation Series (NES) test.

 

Pathway 2

Eligibility criteria:

  • Hold an endorsement that is similar to the one being added (refer to Pathway Chart).
  • Must have taught at least 90 days in your currently held endorsement area identified as a Pathway 2 option for the endorsement you wish to add.

Steps:

  1. Complete the Request for Pathway 2 Endorsement form and mail as directed on application. Be sure to include appropriate fee and all supporting documents.
  2. Successfully complete the Pedagogy Assessment.
  3. Pass the Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E) / National Evaluation Skills (NES) test.
     

Pathway 3

Eligibility criteria:

Must be a Washington State Certified Teacher

Steps:

  1. Contact Megan Bentley-Moon at praxes@uw.edu for information regarding admission criteria.
  2. Complete required courses in your new endorsement area (subject to transcript evaluation). For deadlines, admissions and how to apply please visit the Master of Education for Practicing Educators website.
    English Language Learners
    Special Education
  3. Pass the Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E) / National Evaluation Series (NES) test.
  4. Complete the Request for Pathway 3 Endorsement form and mail as directed on application. Be sure to include appropriate fee and all supporting documents.

Endorsements offered by University of Washington Tacoma

The following is a list of endorsements offered through University of Washington Tacoma and their corresponding WEST-E/NES test numbers.

Biology 022 (Pathway 2 only)
Earth and Space Science 024 (Pathway 2 only)
Elementary Education 102 and 103 (Pathway 2 only)
English Language Arts 301 (Pathway 2 only)
English Language Learners 051 (Pathway 3 only)
History 027 (Pathway 2 only)
Mathematics 304 (Pathway 2 only)
Middle Level Humanities 010 and 011 (Pathway 2 only)
Middle Level Science 013 (Pathway 2 only)
Middle Grades Mathematics 203  (Pathway 2 only)
Reading 104(Pathway 2 only)
Science 021 (Pathway 2 only)
Social Studies 028 (Pathway 2 only)
Special Education 070 (Pathway 3 only)

For further information regarding endorsements at University of Washington Tacoma, contact Megan Bentley-Moon at praxes@uw.edu or 253-692-5698.