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Washington State University
College of Education

Teacher Education – Endorsements

You know your stuff. Here is how you can teach it.

In addition to being certified, teachers must hold an endorsement in a teaching subject approved by Washington state.

For our students who plan to teach grades K-8, they will pursue an endorsement in elementary education. These students must also choose one of the following add-on endorsements: English Language Learners, Middle Level Mathematics, Middle Level Science, or Special Education.

For WSU students who plan to teach specific subjects (such as high school history or music), the students will complete a major in that area of expertise, and will choose the teacher preparation option.

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Specific subject teaching certificate programs

Candidates for specific subject certificates shall declare a major and meet the degree and endorsement requirements of the subject-matter department, and complete the Secondary Professional Education Core Requirements. To enhance employment opportunities, it is recommended that candidates complete requirements for an additional endorsement.

Secondary education professional core requirements

Endorsement checklists
Career and Technical Education
Add-on Endorsements (non-degree)
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