An endorsement signifies the subject area in which a teacher is prepared and authorized to teach.
Whitworth University is approved by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board to offer the following endorsements:
NOTE: Per WAC 181-79A-132, after Sept. 1, 2019, any candidate who seeks to earn one of the following endorsements will be required to pair it with a content area endorsement (i.e., Elementary Education, History, Mathematics, etc.):
- Bilingual Education
- English Language Learner (ELL)
- Special Education (SPED)
- Early Childhood Special Education
- General Science
For the Bilingual Education, ELL, SPED and Early Childhood Special Education endorsements, the second endorsement obtained cannot be Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Bilingual Education, English Language Learners, or Traffic Safety.
*Per WAC 181-79A-227, beginning Sept. 1, 2019, newly awarded General Science endorsements cannot stand alone on a certificate. Only teachers with an endorsement in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, or Physics will be eligible to add the General Science endorsement.
**The Health/Fitness endorsement may be added through a test-only process, for already certified teachers, if a qualifying score on the WEST-E is achieved by May 19, 2019, and an application for the endorsement is submitted to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by July 31, 2019. After May 19, 2019, the Health/Fitness endorsement may only be added through the successful completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program plus achieving a qualifying score on the WEST-E exam.
Information regarding adding additional endorsements to a teaching certificate can be found through the Professional Educator Standards Board's website at www.pesb.wa.gov.
For information on Whitworth's add-on endorsement programs, click here: Whitworth Endorsement Programs.
For additional information about how to add endorsements in Washington State, visit the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction here: OSPI Adding an Endorsement.