Endorsements

All teaching candidates must earn at least one endorsement.  Endorsements indicate which content and grade levels you are qualified for and authorized to teach.  Elementary education covers grades K-8.  Elementary candidates are strongly encouraged to earn an additional endorsement in order to improve job prospects.  Some local districts only consider elementary candidates with additional endorsements.

Secondary endorsements cover grades 5-12, middle level endorsements cover grades 5-9, and several endorsements including Special Education, the Performing and Visual Arts, Health/Fitness, Reading, and English Language Learners include grades K-12.  Early Childhood Special Education covers birth through 3rd grade.  Special Education and ELL may not be earned without a content endorsement.

Candidates must pass the appropriate WEST-E/NES test for each endorsement.

Endorsements Available at PLU

  • Biology (5-12)
  • Chemistry (5-12)
  • Chinese (P12)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (P-3)
  • Earth & Space Science (5-12)
  • Elementary Education (K8) (Not available for Alternative Routes)
  • English Language Arts (5-12)
  • English Language Learners (P12) (Cannot be earned without another content area endorsement such as Elementary Education or a Secondary Education content area)
  • French (P12)
  • German (P12)
  • History (5-12)
  • Health and Fitness (P12, formerly Physical Education, undergraduate only)
  • Japanese (P12)
  • Mathematics (5-12)
  • Middle Level Humanities (5-9)
  • Middle Level Mathematics (5-9)
  • Middle Level Science (5-9)
  • Music (P12 endorsements available in General, Choral, and Instrumental, undergraduate only)
  • Physics (5-12)
  • Reading (P12) (Only for Elementary Education candidates)
  • Russian (P12)
  • Science (5-12)
  • Social Studies (5-12)
  • Spanish (P12)
  • Special Education (P12) (Cannot be earned without another content area endorsement such as Elementary Education or a Secondary Education content area)
  • Theatre Arts (P12)
  • Visual Arts (P12)