All certificates must have at least one endorsement (also called subject area or content area), and some endorsement areas cannot stand alone on a certificate. Below is a list of all endorsements currently available in Washington State, plus any special requirements associated with them. For detailed information on the competencies covered by each endorsement area, please see PESB’s Endorsement Competencies Webpage.
- Bilingual Education*
- Computer Science
- Designated Arts: Dance
- Designated Arts: Theatre arts
- Designated Arts: Music – Choral
- Designated Arts: Music – Instrumental
- Designated Arts: Music – General
- Designated Arts: Visual Arts
- Designated World Languages
- English Language Learner*
- Library media
- Special Education*
- Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Special Education*
- Elementary Education
- Middle Level – Humanities
- Middle Level – Mathematics
- Middle Level – Science
- Designated Science: Biology
- Designated Science: Chemistry
- Designated Science: Earth and space science
- Designated Science: Physics
- Designated CTE: Agriculture Education
- Designated CTE: Business and Marketing
- Designated CTE: Family/Consumer Sciences
- Designated CTE: Technology Education
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Traffic Safety
*Non-subject endorsements: After September 1st, 2019, a teacher who obtains a special education, early childhood special education, bilingual education, or English language learner endorsement must earn and/or hold a second endorsement in another endorsement area. Special education, early childhood special education, bilingual education, English language learner, and traffic safety do not qualify as the other endorsement area. (WAC 181-79A-132).
**Science: Beginning September 1st, 2019, newly awarded general science endorsements cannot stand alone on a certificate (WAC 181-79A-227).
The Dual Endorsement FAQ (PDF) addresses many common questions about the change.
Specialty endorsements cannot stand alone (meaning, an educator cannot hold just a specialty endorsement; a non-specialty endorsement is also required) and cannot be earned during pre-service. An educator must already hold a teacher certificate with at least one other endorsement area before adding a specialty endorsement.
- Deaf Education
- Environmental and Sustainability Education
- Gifted Education
- Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Orientation and Mobility Teacher