Certifications & Endorsements

Washington has established a new standard for what all teachers should know. The governor, legislature, state board of education, and superintendent of public instruction proposed a uniform means of assessing basic skill competency for all teaching candidates statewide. Washington joins 45 other states that currently require a basic skills test. Passage of all three subsections (reading writing and math) of the Washington Educator Skills Test- Basic, or WEST-B, is required for admission to the M.A.T. program.  Out of state applicants may substitute either CBEST or Praxis I scores with preapproval.  Beginning in September 2014, SAT and ACT scores taken after 2005 may also be used to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills.  Official scores must meet the following minimums:
SAT: math 515; reading 500; writing 490.  ACT: math 22; reading 22; writing 8.

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.  Music candidates should contact Ruth Schauble in the School of Music at rschauble@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.3228. to arrange for transcript evaluations and auditions.

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