There are several ways current teachers may add additional endorsement to their teaching certificates:
National Board Certification in a subject area and grade levels compatible to one of the Washington endorsement areas. See: the OPSI website at k12.wa.us/certification/teacher/Endorsement.aspx and select the NBPTS Exemption link. Apply directly with OPSI.
Through the three pathways established by the Professional Educator Standards Board. See: http://www.pesb.wa.gov/educators/pathways
All three of these pathways require passing the WEST E in the new endorsement area.
Pathways one and two require a current endorsement be closely aligned or closely related to a current endorsement held by a teacher. For a chart of compatible endorsements, see: http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/ProfEd/pubdocs/PathwayChart2011.pdf
Pathway One involves holding an endorsement in an area designated as being compatible to the new endorsement area one wishes to add, documenting 90 days of experience in the current endorsement, passing the WEST E in the new endorsement, and submitting appropriate application and fee to OSPI. For instance, one endorsed in middle level humanities can use pathway 1 to add an English Language Arts or Social Studies endorsement to a certificate.
Pathway Two involves holding an endorsement in an area designated as being compatible to the new endorsement area one wishes to add, documenting 90 days of experience in the current endorsement, passing the WEST E in the new endorsement, and successfully completing the state’s approved pedagogy assessment during a minimum of two observations of teaching in the new endorsement area by a qualified teacher education program with authority to provide that pathway 2 program by PESB. Application and fees are made to the approved teacher education program. For a list of approved programs see the PESB website at: http://www.pesb.wa.gov/educators/pathways
Pathway Three involves passing the WEST E in the new endorsement area and all the endorsement program requirements of a PESB approved program. Requirements can include methods coursework and practicum experience at the institution’s discretion, in addition to content knowledge classes. For a list of approved programs see the PESB website at: http://www.pesb.wa.gov/educators/pathways
In 2014-2015 Evergreen offers pathway two options for current teachers in the following areas:
- Middle Level Science
- Middle Level Mathematics
- Middle Level Humanities
- Social Studies
- English Language Arts
The pathway 2 fee at Evergreen is $1400, and may be slightly more for mileage beyond a round trip of 80 miles from campus.
Evergreen offers a two summer option to earn a reading endorsement through pathway three, see: http://www.evergreen.edu/mit/readingendorsement.htm
Evergreen regrets being unable to offer pathway three options in other areas during the 2014-2015 academic year. Thank you for your interest and please see other program options on the pesb.wa.gov website.
For questions, or to obtain an application form to pursue a pathway two option or the reading endorsement at Evergreen, please contact Evergreen’s certification officer Maggie Foran at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, and identify your current endorsements and desired endorsement area.