What You Can Teach

In order to teach a specific subject, you need to have an endorsement. Endorsements come with different levels, equivalent to the grade levels you can teach at.

To earn an endorsement to teach a specific subject, you must:

  • Have completed coursework in your preferred endorsement area
  • Take tests that demonstrate your content knowledge
  • Complete curriculum planning, assessment and teaching methods work for your endorsement within MiT, and a field experience
Student teacher, McCurdy (Mac) Jones III (MiT '07), with his class

Mac Jones, MIT '07, in his class at River Ridge High School.

Endorsement Levels

All Level: P–12 endorsements cover a subject area that you can teach at any level, from birth (preschool) all the way through high school. Most P–12 endorsements require a second endorsement.

Elementary: K–8 is the state endorsement for teaching elementary school. You’ll be prepared to teach in schools where students stay in the same class all day long.

Middle: 4–9 endorsements specifically prepare you to teach in intermediate, middle school, or junior high schools.

Secondary: 5–12 endorsements prepare you to teach in any intermediate, middle school, junior high, or high school, where teachers teach specific subjects and students move from class to class.

Amy Solomon-Minarchi teaches her class

Amy Solomon-Minarchi teaches American Literature at the high school where she now works.

Endorsements Offered at Evergreen

Evergreen offers endorsements in multiple areas, including some that are offered at only a few places in Washington state. Successful applicants to MiT will meet or exceed the minimum coursework expectations for one endorsement area, documented on the worksheet.

Download the worksheet for your selected endorsement to see what coursework and other things are required. The WEST-E Code tells you which tests you need to take for your endorsement in addition to the WEST-B. Find out more about required tests. View a sample worksheet.

Endorsements Offered at Evergreen
EndorsementLevel2nd EndorsementPrerequisites WorksheetsWEST-E Code
Biology5–12EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)NES 305
Chemistry5–12RequiredPrerequisites (MS Word)NES 306
Earth and Space Science5–12

Required

another science or math preferred

Prerequisites (MS Word)NES 307
Elementary EducationK–8EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)NES 102 & NES 103
English Language Arts5–12EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)NES 301
English Language LearnersP–12

Required

generally elementary or ELA

Prerequisites (MS Word)051
History5–12EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)027
Mathematics5–12 Prerequisites (MS Word)NES 304
Middle Level Humanities (English and Social Studies)4–9EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)052 & 053
Middle Level Math4–9 Prerequisites (MS Word)NES 203
Middle Level Science4–9EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)NES 204
Physics5–12

Required

generally another science or math

Prerequisites (MS Word)NES 308
Social Studies5–12EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)028
Theatre ArtsP–12RequiredPrerequisites (MS Word)055
Visual ArtsP–12EncouragedPrerequisites (MS Word)503
World Languages: French, Japanese, or SpanishP–12RequiredPrerequisites (MS Word)100*

Upon application, submit worksheet with courses completed, planned and in progress. List all worksheets in quarter credit hours, converting semester hours to equivalant quarter credits. Successful applicats will meet or exceede the minimum coursework expectations and have most of it done by the time of application.

* Foreign language endorsements also require the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or computerized interview (OPIC) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) from Language Testing International. These proficiencies must be passed at the advanced low level.