The following endorsement areas require completion of the WEST-E/NES or approved alternative tests.
- Agriculture Education
- American Sign Language***
- Bilingual Education*
- Business and Marketing Education
- Computer Science
- Earth and Space Science
- Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Elementary Education
- English Language Arts
- English Language Learner
- Family Consumer Science Education
- Latin Language
- Library Media
- Middle Level Humanities
- Middle Level Math
- Middle Level Science
- Music: Choral
- Music: General (neither Choral nor Instrumental)
- Music: Instrumental
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Technology Education
- Theatre Arts
- Traffic Safety Education
- Visual Arts
- World Languages**
- World Language Latin
*Individuals will not only need to complete the WEST-E test in bilingual education but will also need to complete the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview at the Advanced-Mid level in a world language area. ACTFL does not administer tests for Latin. For Latin, a candidate must take the new WEST-E: DWL and the WEST-E: Latin. Language Testing International
**In addition to the designated world languages WEST-E test above, applicants must complete the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in the specific world language, scoring Advanced-Low or higher. Please visit ACTFL at Language Testing International.
*** There are two Board approved assessment options for the American Sign Language endorsement:
- American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) certification.
- American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) and the Designated World Language (DWL) WEST-E. A proficiency level of 3+ is required for the ASLPI assessment.
WEST-E/NES Test information and registration is available online.
In Lieu of the West E/NES, candidates from outside the state may submit an official score report verifying successful completion of the following alternative content knowledge test systems. Please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board for details.
If you took a Pearson administered assessment in another state and would like to have your test results reported to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction electronically you can print and submit a Request Form.
Mail the form and required payment directly to Pearson at the address on the form. Do not mail the form to Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certificate Exemptions
Individuals who hold a valid National Boards certificate in a subject area or grade level comparable to one of the Washington endorsement areas are exempt from testing requirements for that endorsement area. (See National Boards Exemption).
Additional information regarding basic skills and endorsement test information visit the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board website.