Certifications & Endorsements

The Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares candidates for a first-issue Residency Certificate. Washington State currently require all teacher candidates to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills in order to be admitted to a preparation program.  This may be done by meeting minimum scores in reading, writing, and mathematics on one of several approved exams.  For the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B), the passing score set for all subsections is 240.   Puget Sound will also accept SAT and ACT scores from exams taken after 2005.  The minimum scores for SAT are: math 515; reading 500; writing 490.  The minimum scores for ACT: math 22; reading 22; writing 8.  Out-of-state applicants may substitute either CBEST or Praxis I scores with pre-approval. 

All candidates seeking an endorsement to a new or existing Washington teaching certificate will be required to pass a content area exam.  Washington utilizes both WEST-E and NES content area exams. The Pearson's web site provides details on the specific exams required as well as registration.  The tests will be required for enrollment into our Master of Arts in Teaching program.  The University of Puget Sound also requires all candidates for a secondary endorsement to hold the minimum of a minor (or its credit equivalent: 5 units/20 semester credits/30 quarter credits) in the desired subject area.  Candidates seeking an endorsement in music, which covers the full k-12 grade range, should hold a major in music education. 

Listed below are the current endorsements supported by the University of Puget Sound. For test dates and information please refer to the Pearson Education, Inc. site.

  • Designated Arts (Music): Choral, Instrumental, and General
  • Designated Science: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Science (broad area), and Physics
  • Elementary Education (K-8)
  • English/Language Arts
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies