Department ofEducation

Add-On Endorsements

If you are planning to complete your add on endorsement this academic year, please note that you would need to have completed your application and be ready to do your pedagogy assessment by March 15.  Summer Endorsements @ PLU Applications due by May 3rd.

Questions?

School of Education & Kinesiology

educ@plu.edu

Phone:(253) 535-7272

PLU's Add-On Endorsement Program enables Washington Certified teachers to add content area endorsements to their existing valid teaching certificates. Please note that if you hold a Standard/Continuing Certificate in effect prior to 1987, you do NOT have the option of adding endorsements.

The State of Washington uses a standards-based approach for obtaining endorsements. Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence on all the knowledge and skill standards within the desired endorsement area. You can view a list of standards for each endorsement area by clicking here.

Washington State Requirements for adding endorsements are "endorsement dependent", meaning that requirements will vary depending on which endorsement(s) is/are currently held, and which are to be added.

Interested in a Special Education or ELL Endorsement?  Check out the Summer Endorsements program

Pathways

 In the Pathways Chart, the State of Washington has designated that certain endorsements, which they consider aligned or similar to others,  can be added via an abbreviated process referred to as Pathway 1 or 2.  Some endorsements may require only a passing WEST-E in the endorsement area being added (Pathway 1), while others may require a passing WEST-E plus a Pedagogy Assessment (Pathway 2).  Endorsement combinations not covered in either Pathway 1 or 2, can be added via Pathway 3.

Pathway 1: Pass the WEST-E in the endorsement area and apply for the add-on endorsement directly from OSPI.  Click here to access the application (refer to section C to download the application).

Pathway 2: Pass the WEST-E in the endorsement area and successfully complete a pedagogy assessment through an approved program such as PLU.

Pathway 3: Complete endorsement coursework, pass the WEST-E in the endorsement area and successfully complete a pedagogy assessment through an approved program such as PLU.

 To see which endorsements align for each of these Pathways, refer to the Pathways Chart.

 


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