If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI Certification website.
Effective June 27, 2017, there are two options for adding an endorsement. Additional details on testing and adding endorsements can be found on the OSPI Certification site. Find additional information about this policy change here and by reviewing the May 2017 Board materials (Tab 11) (Folder).
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).
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.
Test Only Endorsements
The pathway to adding these endorsements was formerly referred to as Pathway 1. Individuals must pass a WEST-E/NES test or an alternative approved through the PESB for the desired endorsement. Further testing information here.
- Choral Music
- Computer Science
- Earth & Space Science
- English Language Arts
- General Music
- Instrumental Music
- Library Media*
- Middle Level Humanities
- Middle Level Mathematics
- Middle Level Science
- Social Studies
- Theatre Arts
- Visual Arts
- Designated World Languages
*Library media may currently be added through a test-only process. Beginning October 31, 2018, the library media endorsement may only be added through completion of an approved program plus a qualifying score on the relevant test.
**Health/fitness may currently be added through a test-only process. Beginning May 19, 2019, the health/fitness endorsement may only be added through completion of an approved program plus a qualifying score on the relevant test.
Program Plus Test Endorsements
The pathway to adding these endorsements was formerly referred to as Pathway 3. These endorsement may only be added by completion of an approved program. Find the list of approved programs here.
- Elementary Education
- Special Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Traffic Safety
- English Language Learner***
***Individuals who hold an ELL or Bilingual endorsement may add the other endorsement via passage of the appropriate required subject knowledge or language proficiency test(s).
Please note: The ability for certified teachers to add endorsements via National Board Certification or a PESB-approved endorsement program remains unchanged. This WAC does not apply to either CTE or specialty endorsements.