WWU Teacher Education, a University-wide Enterprise

Teacher candidates complete a professional education program through the Woodring College of Education and an endorsement program offered by academic departments across the University. Together, these programs lead to a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate endorsed in at least one subject.

  • An endorsement designates the subject and grade level in which a teacher is prepared to teach.
  • Candidates must complete at least one qualifying endorsement program. Secondary Education undergraduates choose an academic major leading to a qualifying endorsement.
  • Candidates may choose to complete an additional endorsement program.
  • Teachers earn an add-on endorsement via Pathway 3 and in some cases, Pathway 1 or 2.
  • Programs are delivered on the Bellingham main campus except where otherwise noted.
Qualifying Endorsements
Sciences and Mathematics

Designated Arts

Designated World Languages


Early Childhood / Elementary / Special Education

Additional Endorsements

For Candidates and Teachers

For Teachers Only

Classroom Assignment Policy and HQT

According to the Washington State classroom assignment policy teachers should be assigned to teach courses with content that matches the endosement they hold, as determined by the PESB course codes and endorsements matching tool. The federal Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirement must also be met.


Request an Endorsement Evaluation for a Secondary or P-12 Level Content Endorsement

Bellingham Programs:

  1. Review the endorsement curriculum found above. 
  2. Locate non-WWU course descriptions for courses that may serve but do not clearly articulate with the WWU course.
  3. Send unofficial transcripts, any course descriptions, and your contact information to the appropriate Academic Major / Endorsement Advisor


Everett Secondary Education MIT Program: 

Submit unofficial transcripts, any course description, and contact information to:

Dr. Christine Schaefer, Academic Program Director
University Center of North Puget Sound 
Gray Wolf Hall 237 / 2000 Tower Street 
Everett, WA 98201