Certified teachers in Washington State wishing to add an endorsement to their teaching certification may do so one of two ways:
Test Only - Must pass a WEST-E/NES test or an alternative approved through the PESB (Professional Educator Standards Board) for the desired endorsement. OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) maintains a list of endorsements eligible to be added through testing only:
Program + Test - Must complete a college preparation program in addition to passing the approved WEST-E/NES content knowledge test. UW Tacoma's School of Education offers the following to endorsements via this pathway:
English Language Learner
This endorsement is designed as a fully online, part-time program of study that can be completed in one year while teaching. Each course has been carefully designed to prepare practicing educators to meet the diverse needs of English language learners by providing clear instructions and scaffolded assignments within a supportive online learning environment. We employ best practices to help ensure course content is accessible, memorable, and directly applicable in the classroom
Our program incorporates Direct Instruction as well as other research-based practices that produce positive academic and social outcomes for students in poverty and with high-incidence disabilities. Upon certification, program graduates are ready to provide systematic and explicit instruction in high-needs schools. Upon successful completion of the Special Education Endorsement program (including passing score on the Special Education WEST-E), teachers will be recommended to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for an endorsement in Special Education.
Pass the Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E) / National Evaluation Series (NES) test. NOTE: Test completion is required prior to earning an endorsement. Candidates are encouraged to wait and take their endorsement test after completing the related coursework.