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 and all supporting documents and mail, including appropriate fee, as directed on application.
  2. Pass the WEST-E test.

For more information on the WEST-E test, please visit the WEST-E website.

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 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 WEST-E test.

For more information on the WEST-E test, please visit the WEST-E website.

Pathway 3

Eligibility criteria:

Must be a Washington State Certified Teacher

Steps:

  1. Contact Sarah Miksa at smiksa@uw.edu for information regarding admission criteria.
  2. Complete required courses in your new endorsement area (subject to transcript evaluation). For admissions and deadlines please visit the Master of Education admission requirements.
    English Language Learners
    Special Education
  3. Pass the WEST-E test.
  4. Complete the Request for Pathway 3 Endorsement and mail as directed on application. Be sure to include appropriate fee and all supporting documents.

For more information on the WEST-E test, please visit the WEST-E website.

Endorsements offered by UW Tacoma

The following is a list of endorsements offered through UW Tacoma and their corresponding WEST-E test numbers. The WEST-E test is required in order to add an endorsement to a Teaching Certificate. For more information on the WEST-E tests, please visit the WEST-E website.

Biology 022 (Pathway 2 only)
Earth and Space Science 024 (Pathway 2 only)
Elementary Education 005 and 006 (Pathway 2 only)
English/Language Arts 020 (Pathway 2 only)
English Language Learners 051 (Pathway 3 only)
History 027 (Pathway 2 only)
Mathematics 026 (Pathway 2 only)
Middle Level Humanities 010 and 011 (Pathway 2 only)
Middle Level Science 013 (Pathway 2 only)
Middle Level Mathematics 012 (Pathway 2 only)
Reading 030 (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 UW Tacoma, contact Sarah at smiksa@uw.edu or 253-692-4432.