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Endorsements

Endorsements

SPU's endorsement program requires students to successfully complete coursework that is continually being aligned with the most recent state competencies. The program is designed to prepare teachers with the content and pedagogy skills necessary to demonstrate a positive impact on student learning.

The Center for Professional Education offers the following endorsements:

ELL and Bilingual: Equips you with the knowledge and skills to appreciate and effectively teach diverse learners.
Health Fitness: Prepares you to implement fitness programs that promote lifelong health and fitness habits in students. 
Library Media: Prepares you to be a literacy and media leader in your educational settings.
Reading: Provides the opportunity for you to learn and apply current research on effective reading strategies. 
Special Education: Prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to help exceptional students learn.

Additional Endorsements

SPU also offers the following endorsements: Biology; Bilingual Education; Chemistry; Designated World Languages; Earth and Space Science; Elementary Education; English Language Arts; Environmental and Sustainability Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; History; Math; Middle Level Humanities; Middle Level Math; Middle Level Science; Music – Choral, General, Instrumental; Physics; Science; Social Studies; Theatre Arts; and Visual Arts.

Please contact our office at 206-281-2274, 800-589-4038, or endorse@spu.edu for more information. You can also review the Endorsements Handbook (PDF).

Several options are available to earn your endorsement. Visit the Professional Educator Standards Board to determine which pathway is applicable for you to add a second endorsement. This will depend on the current endorsement(s) you hold.

Pathway 1
Granted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for adding an endorsement in a closely aligned field:

  • Have 90 days experience in the current endorsement area.
  • Pass WEST-Ein new area.
  • Apply directly to OPSI for additional endorsement.

Pathway 2 
Application process handled by an approved university or college for adding an endorsement in a related field:

  • Have 90 days of experience in the current endorsement area.
  • Pass WEST-E* in new area.
  • 5-credit course that includes on-site field experience and Pedagogy Assessment.

A Pathway 2 application is required (PDF). Please follow the instructions (PDF) and submit the application to the Center for Professional Education as indicated.  

Pathway 3
Application process handled by an approved university or college for adding an endorsement in an unrelated field:

  • Complete a college program.
  • Pass WEST-E* in new area.
  • 5-credit course that includes on-site Pedagogy Assessment and field experience.

A Pathway 3 application (PDF) is required. Please follow the instructions (PDF) and submit the application to the Center for Professional Education as indicated.

To request an information packet, call 206-281-2274 or email endorse@spu.edu. Please designate which endorsement(s) you currently hold on your certificate and which endorsement area or areas interest you.

*The Washington Educator Skills Test for Endorsements (WEST-E): Washington state has replaced the Praxis II test with the WEST-E, which is more closely aligned to the endorsement competencies.

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