Add-On Endorsement Programs

Pacific Lutheran University is pleased to offer an extensive, 23-credit course of study for teachers seeking to add an endorsement during the summer months. There are 5 endorsements for students to select from:

Special Education (SPED)

English Language Learners (ELL)

Bi-Lingual 

World Language

This rigorous program is designed to complete endorsement coursework in one summer. Participants will be expected to be in class and/or working on class assignments every day of the program. Class meetings will be held in the evenings and on Saturdays until K-12 schools are done for the summer and then class meetings will be held during the day. In order to complete the Pedagogy Assessment, participants will be required to participate in an on-site Summer School or Extended School Year program with a local school district. Placement in a Summer School or ESY will be scheduled through PLU.

Questions?

Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184
Email: profdev@plu.edu

Look below for more information on each endorsement and our application deadlines.

Deadlines

March 1: priority consideration

*All other applications will be reviewed on a space available basis though May 1.

Application Components

  • Online Application: Click here.
  • OSPI form 1535.
  • Official Transcripts from ALL Colleges Attended
  • A copy of your Current Teaching Certificate
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals who have observed your experience and ability
  • $40 non-refundable processing fee (checks made payable to PLU)

Send all completed materials to:

Pacific Lutheran University

School of Education – c/o Lauren Hibbs

12180 Park Ave S.

Tacoma, WA 98447

The Program Includes:

  • Blended learning model
  • Online in real time (synchronous) + Instruction Modules (asynchronous). Course content and expectations are rigorous and will demand the full-time attention of the candidate throughout the endorsement process.
  • 24-7 access to Summer Endorsements curriculum and support materials through specific online tools.
  • Calendar, class schedules, and tuition designed to meet the needs of practicing educators.
  • Check out each tab for Endorsement offerings and information, Program and Course Schedule, Cost, and the Application Process.

Participants will learn to intentionally use:

  • Data
  • Team Building Strategies
  • Specific Instructional Strategies
  • Effective Management
  • Assessment
  • Goal Setting and Education Program Design
  • Adaptation and Accommodations

Timeline

The Special Education program runs from the middle of May to the middle of August.  Class meeting times are scheduled to accommodate working P-12 teachers with online class meetings in the late afternoon, evenings, and some Saturdays.

Participants take 8 courses (18 credits total) and a Pedagogy Assessment (5 credits)

Program Structure

For SPED endorsement participants, fieldwork will take place in conjunction with Tacoma Public School’s Extended School Year or independently in a host classroom during the fall.  For those selecting to complete summer fieldwork, this unique opportunity allows participants to work with current Tacoma Public School teachers as well as PLU faculty during their Pedagogy Assessment.  This also allows participants to complete all of the components necessary to earn their Special Education endorsement prior to the start of the school year!  Individuals who are not in the Tacoma area can either make arrangements to be in the area for the summer fieldwork experience or we will work with you on an individual basis for placement in a school district in your local area for the following Fall.  Students will need to secure their own host classroom through a joint approval process if electing to complete fieldwork post-summer.

Program Requirements

  • Access to Technology: To successfully participate in the online class meetings you will need to have a webcam and headphones with a microphone (an internal mic on your computer will not work) as well as a stable Internet connection.
  • West-E Test: Students will need to take and pass the West-E.  Be sure to select to have your scores sent directly to PLU during registration for the test.
  • Pedagogy Assessment
  • Earn a B- or better in all endorsement coursework
  • You must also submit all required paperwork in a timely manner and pay tuition and fees as they are due.

Not complying with the requirements may cause a delay in your endorsement.

Participants will learn to intentionally use:

  • Theories and Research of Language Acquisition
  • Specific Instructional Methods
  • Effective Management Tools
  • Knowledge of Culture and Linguistics
  • Differentiated Instruction

Expected Outcomes

Teachers completing the ELL summer program are prepared to work effectively with students who are English Language Learners, reflect on contemporary issues and positively impact student learning.

Timeline

The ELL program runs from the middle of May to the middle of August.  Class meeting times are scheduled to accommodate working P-12 professionals with online class meetings in the late afternoon, evenings, and some Saturdays.

Participants take 8 courses (18 credits) and a Pedagogy Assessment (5 credits).

Program Structure

For ELL add-on endorsement participants, the Pedagogy Assessment will take place in the Fall in a school district local to you. We will work closely with you and PLU’s Placement Coordinator to schedule your placement.  Participants will need to secure their own host classroom through a joint approval process.

Program Requirements

  • Access to Technology: To successfully participate in the online class meetings you will need to have a webcam and headphones with a microphone (an internal mic on your computer will not work) as well as a stable Internet connection.
  • West-E Test: Students will need to take and pass the West-E.  Be sure to select to have your scores sent directly to PLU during registration for the test.
  • Pedagogy Assessment
  • Earn a B- or better in all endorsement coursework
  • You must also submit all required paperwork in a timely manner and pay tuition and fees as they are due.

Not complying with the requirements may cause a delay in your endorsement.

Participants will learn to intentionally use:

  • Theories and Research of Language Acquisition
  • Knowledge of Culture and Linguistics
  • Differentiated Instruction

Expected Outcomes

Teachers completing the Designated World Language or Bi-Lingual summer program are prepared to work effectively with students in a specific language content area, reflect on contemporary issues and positively impact student learning.

Timeline

The World Language and Bi-Lingual program runs from the middle of May to the middle of June.  Class meeting times are scheduled to accommodate working K-12 professionals with online class meetings in the late afternoon, evenings, and some Saturdays.

Participants take 2 courses (6 credits) and a Pedagogy Assessment (5 credits).

Program Structure

For World Language and Bi-Lingual endorsement participants, the Pedagogy Assessment will take place in the Fall in a school district local to you. We will work closely with you and PLU’s Placement Coordinator to schedule your placement. Students will also need to take and pass the Designated World Language  or Bi-Lingual West-E and the ACTFL assessment, available at PLU.

Program Requirements

  • Access to Technology: To successfully participate in the online class meetings you will need to have a webcam and headphones with a microphone (an internal mic on your computer will not work) as well as a stable Internet connection.
  • West-E Test: Students will need to take and pass the West-E.  Be sure to select to have your scores sent directly to PLU during registration for the test.
  • Pedagogy Assessment
  • Earn a B- or better in all endorsement coursework
  • You must also submit all required paperwork in a timely manner and pay tuition and fees as they are due.

Not complying with the requirements may cause a delay in your endorsement.

To begin preparing for the WEST-E assessment, we recommend reviewing:

  1. The relevant Washington state endorsement competency outline
  2. Test summary and framework
  3. Free practice tests (scroll to the appropriate test at the bottom of the hyperlinked webpage)

Retooling Scholarship

The Professional Educator Standards Board is currently providing a $3000 Retooling Scholarships for high need endorsement areas. Endorsement areas include Special Education, English Language Learner, Mathematics, and Science.  Should you intend to apply for the $3000 Retooling Scholarship, the application may be accessed here.

To apply for the Retooling Scholarship candidates will need to complete three pieces:
1. A promissory note: this serves as the scholarship application
2. A letter of support from your district & supporting evidence
3. A program budget (readily available from PLU upon request)