What is an Endorsement
An endorsement is the subject area in which a certified teacher is authorized to teach, along with designated grade levels for that area. There are 42 endorsements in Washington, not including a large number of career and technical education endorsements. Evergreen offers 25 of those endorsements. Each endorsement has “endorsement competencies,” which are the standards that list what teachers should know and be able to do for various teaching assignments. They are based on national content standards and related to Washington’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) for students. Here is a complete list of all endorsements in the state and the knowledge and skill competencies for each endorsement.
Prospective teachers must demonstrate that they meet the knowledge and skill competencies for each endorsement they earn through passing the state-required subject knowledge assessment (WEST-E), through prior content area coursework, and through projects and field experience within their certification program.
Applicants must select one or more endorsement areas upon entrance to the MiT program. Applicants should consider the age levels of the students they wish to teach and the subject areas they would enjoy teaching. In addition, it is essential to have sufficient content mastery to support the learning of children and youth. Please review the expected coursework for each endorsement area and fill out the corresponding endorsement worksheet/s with the coursework you have already completed toward your endorsement/s as well as planned coursework.
- All-level endorsements (P-12); good for preschool (birth) to grade 12
- Secondary endorsements (5-12); good for single subjects in grades 5-12. Generally one is a content specialist in a middle or high school
- Middle level endorsements (4-9); good for listed subjects generally taught in middle schools and junior high schools
- Elementary endorsement: (K-8); good for all subjects Kindergarten to grade 8
- Early childhood endorsements (P-3); good from birth to grade 3
Endorsements Offered at Evergreen:
- Biology2 (5-12)
- Chemistry1 (5-12)
- Earth and Space Science1 (5-12)
- Elementary Education (K-8)
- English Language Arts2 (5-12)
- English Language Learners1 (P-12)
- French1 (P-12)
- History2 (5-12)
- Japanese1 (P-12)
- Mathematics (5-12)
- Middle Level Humanities2 (4-9 English and Social Studies)
- Middle Level Math (4-9)
- Middle Level Science2 (4-9)
- Physics1 (5-12)
- Reading1 (P-12)
- Science1 (5-12)
- Social Studies2 (5-12)
- Spanish1 (P-12)
- Social Studies (5-12)
- Theatre Arts1 (P-12)
- Visual Arts2 (P-12)
1 In addition, you must also choose another endorsement area.
2 You are strongly encouraged to choose an additional endorsement area.