To add an endorsement or basic area endorsement offering, your institution must already be approved to offer a residency teacher or CTE plan 1 program.
All residency teacher programs must offer at least one endorsement. All CTE plan 1 programs must offer at least one broad area endorsement. View a list of all endorsements.
Offer an endorsement
The approval process to offer an endorsement:
- Complete an endorsement proposal
- Present the proposal to the PESB Board for an approval decision
Every prospective endorsement program requires its own endorsement proposal. Through the proposal, prospective program leaders provide a complete picture of the endorsement program. This includes providing concrete evidence of subject matter expertise, strategies, and endorsement program design. If approved, program leaders should be prepared to fully implement the endorsement.
The form below pertains only to endorsements and basic area endorsements, for the specialty endorsement form see below. View a list of all endorsements and specialty endorsements.
- Endorsement proposal (document) – once you’ve downloaded the form, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the process.
- Endorsement competencies
If the endorsement proposal is approved by the Board, the institution can offer the endorsement immediately. If the proposal is denied, the institution cannot offer the endorsement, and program leaders can make the decision to resubmit the proposal with changes that have been informed by Board member feedback.
Dual endorsement certification requirement
Beginning September 1, 2019, candidates for teacher certification seeking certain endorsements are required to pair it with a second endorsement. Although important to know as a prospective preparation program, candidates do not need a second endorsement to complete a program, rather it is a certification requirement. Find out more information on the dual endorsement requirement here.
Offer a specialty endorsement
Specialty endorsements can only be added to an existing teacher certificate with an endorsement. If the requirements for the specialty endorsement are completed pre-service, the individual must also complete the requirements for another endorsement. Specialty endorsement content knowledge assessments are program developed.
For the specialty endorsement proposal form, contact Sophia Keskey at email@example.com. Other than the form, the approval process to offer a specialty endorsement is the same as a “regular” endorsement (see above).
Proposal language should be specific, supported by evidence, and related to a projected outcome, strategy, action, or system. The strongest proposals make clear connections between identified need; how the program design directly responds to that need; and how program leaders, faculty, and staff’s specific actions bring that program design to life.
- Before starting the process, familiarize yourself with the relevant endorsement competencies. These competencies outline the relevant subject matter for teacher candidates seeking that endorsement.
- Proposals are formal documents; review and check all materials for completion prior to submitting.
- Board members review a lot of materials for Board meetings. Proposal language should be concise, direct, and avoid redundancies. You can cite descriptions from one section of your proposal in another section.
- Cite all sources via a works cited list.
All proposals are due at least 60 days in advance of their requested PESB board meeting. Due dates are firm and there is no guarantee a proposal will come forward at the requested board date.
All proposals should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as Microsoft Word documents. Find additional submission instructions in each form.
|Board meetings||Final draft proposal due|
|March 19-20, 2020||Jan. 17, 2020|
|May 21-22, 2020||March 20, 2020|
|July 16-17, 2020||May 15, 2020|
|Sept. 24-25, 2020||July 24, 2020|
|November 5-6, 2020||September 4, 2020|
|Jan. 21-22, 2021||Nov. 20, 2020|
|March 18-19, 2021||January 15, 2021|
|May 20-21, 2021||March 19, 2021|
- Bilingual Education*
- Computer Science
- Theatre Arts
- Music – Choral, Instrumental, or General
- Visual Arts
- Designated World Languages
- English Language Learner*
- Library Media
- Special Education*
- Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Special Education*
- Elementary Education
- Middle Level Mathematics
- Middle Level Science
- Middle Level Humanities
- Earth and Space Science
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Traffic Safety
- Agricultural Education (designated career and technical education)
- Business & Marketing Ed (designated career and technical education)
- Family & Consumer Science Ed (designated career and technical education)
- Technology Education (designated career and technical education)
*Non-subject endorsements: After September 1, 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 1, 2019, newly awarded general science endorsements cannot stand alone on a certificate (WAC 181-79A-227).
The dual endorsement FAQ (PDF) addresses several questions about the change.
- Deaf Education
- Environmental and Sustainability Education
- Orientation and Mobility Teacher
- Teacher of Visually Impaired
- Elementary Mathematics Specialist