Adding an Endorsement

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

This information does NOT apply to CTE certificates or specialty area endorsements.


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Test Only - Must pass a WEST-E/NES test or an alternative approved through the PESB for the desired endorsement. The endorsements eligible to be added through testing only are as follows:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Choral Music
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Earth & Space Science
  • English Language Arts
  • General Music
  • Health/Fitness
  • History
  • Instrumental Music
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Level Humanities
  • Middle Level Mathematics
  • Middle Level Science
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Designated World Languages

**Individuals who hold ELL or Bilingual may add the other endorsement via testing only.

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  • Test Only - Complete required testing and submit APPLICATION online through your E-Certification account.

Program + Test

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 or an alternative approved through PESB

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The endorsements eligible to be added through program + testing are as follows:

  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Reading
  • English Language Learner
  • Bilingual
  • Agriculture
  • Business & Marketing
  • Family Consumer Sciences
  • Technology Education
  • Library Media

**Individuals who hold ELL or Bilingual may add the other endorsement via testing only.

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  • In-state program: Follow instructions of your college/university. The college/university will submit verification of program completion to OSPI for you
  • Out-of-state program: Complete program, testing, form 1522E, and submit APPLICATION through your E-Certification account

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.

National Boards

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

Process: Submit APPLICATION through your E-Certification account.


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


   Updated 3/12/2018

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