Secondary Certification


Foundations Quarter

The following Foundations prerequisites apply to EDU 2300. It is recommended that students take EDU 2100 concurrently with EDU 2300 whenever possible.

Foundations prerequisites include:

  • Official admission to SPU.
  • Sophomore standing (45 credits).
  • Minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA or 3.0 GPA in last 30 credits or higher.
  • Completed Foundations packet (contact the education office to obtain paperwork).
  • Registered for EDU 2100 in the same quarter as EDU 2300 or you must have completed EDU 2100.
  • Post-baccalaureate students only: Passing scores on the Washington state basic skills test (WEST-B), Washington state educators’ endorsement test (WEST-E/NES), and transcript evaluation by the School of Education.

Methods and Skills courses

These courses may be taken independently of each other and the professional quarters. Courses must be completed prior to Methods Quarter. See the School of Education for more details.

You must receive a minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) or better in all methods and skills courses to be recommended for certification. 

Methods Quarter

Methods Quarter is offered only Autumn Quarter. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) is required in all methods courses. If you are a Secondary Certification student, you must take a methodology course for each endorsement area being earned. 

Methods prerequisites include:

  • Successful completion of the Foundations Quarter with a 3.0 (“B”) average and no grade lower than a 2.0 (“C”).
  • Senior standing (135 credits).
  • Accepted into major. 
  • Applied to the Residency Teacher Certification program and admitted to the School of Education. 
  • Minimum Cumulative 3.0 GPA or 3.3 GPA in the last 45 credits.
  • Successful completion of nearly all required Major courses.
  • Receive a favorable recommendation from SPU faculty and staff.
  • Pass ENG 3301, or both WRI 1000 and WRI 1100, with a grade of  2.0 (“C”) or better (if admitted to SPU Autumn Quarter 2012 or later). 
  • Pass EDU 4530 with a minimum GPA 2.0 ( “C”).
  • Fingerprint and pre-residency clearance completed.
  • Official passing scores on the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B) testing requirement for teachers or official SAT/ACT scores meeting the minimum requirement for reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Take the appropriate Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E/NES) for each endorsement being earned.

Integrated and Internship quarters

Students must take Integrated and Internship quarters sequentially in the same academic year (Winter-Spring). A minimum 3.0 GPA (“B”) is required for Secondary Internships A and B.

Integrated and Internship prerequisites include:

  • Successful completion of the Methods Quarter with no grade lower than a 2.0 (“C”).
  • Completion of 15 upper-division credits in your major.
  • Maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.3 in the last 45 credits throughout both quarters.
  • Official passing score(s) on the appropriate Washington Educator Skills test - Endorsement (WEST-E/NES).
    • SPU should have official passing scores by September 1 of your student teaching year. Official passing scores must be received by SPU before you will be given permission to register for Integrated quarter.

Additional endorsement

Students are eligible to complete requirements for multiple endorsements. Additional endorsements should be closely related to their primary endorsement.

The following are the most common endorsement combinations:

  • History and social studies
  • History and English language arts
  • English language arts and theatre
  • Biology and chemistry
  • Chemistry and physics
  • Physics and Math
  • Elementary- and middle-level math
  • Elementary- and middle-level science
  • Special education and elementary education (Refer to Special Education page.)
  • Special education and English language arts (Refer to Special Education page.)

Other endorsement combinations can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For questions about additional endorsements please contact the certification advisor.


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