If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI Certification website.
Beginning 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.
Beginning September 1, 2019, newly awarded general science endorsements cannot stand alone on a certificate.
- Dual endorsement FAQ (PDF) – addresses many common questions about the change
- OSPI certification site – additional details on testing and adding endorsements
- Retooling conditional loan scholarship – provides financial support to Washington State certified educators looking to add a shortage area teaching endorsement
- Assignments page – identify which courses can be taught by which endorsements and remain in assignment
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 be added through a test-only process if a qualifying score is achieved on the test by October 31, 2018, and an application for the endorsement is submitted by December 31, 2018. After 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 be added through a test-only process if a qualifying score is achieved on the test by May 19, 2019, and an application for the endorsement is submitted by July 31, 2019. After 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
- Health Fitness**
- Library media specialist*
- 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.
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