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 area.

  • An endorsement designates the subject area and grade levels in which the teacher is prepared to teach.
  • Teacher candidates must complete at least one qualifying program and are encouraged to earn multiple endorsements.
  • Some qualifying programs lead to multiple endorsements.
  • Programs are delivered on the Bellingham main campus except where otherwise noted.
  • Teachers may earn an add-on endorsement through a WWU program (Pathway 3) or in some cases, throughn a Pathway 1 or Pathway 2 assessment.
  • Qualifying and additional endorsement programs designed to meet the state endorsement competencies are provided below in PDF.

 Endorsement Programs

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Qualifying Additional
Add-On Endorsements
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.

Additional Resources

Request an Endorsement Evaluation

To request an evaluation of your preparation for a subject area endorsement, send unofficial transcripts and contact information to...

Bellingham Programs:

Dana Edward, Director, Certification & Accreditation
WWU/Woodring College of Education
Miller Hall 150 / 516 High Street 
Bellingham, WA   98225-9090

Everett Secondary Education MIT Program: 

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