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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL) ENDORSEMENT

English language learners (ELLs) comprise 23 percent of all K-12 learners in Washington State schools and represent 96 language groups. The number and diversity of ELLs continue to grow; however, the number of mainstream teachers prepared to deal with the needs of non-native English speakers has not kept pace with this increasing ELL population.

The endorsement is added to an existing valid teaching certificate. With it, you can teach English language learners in preschool through grade 12, be more effective with ELLs in the regular classroom, or be a consulting teacher to assist other educators in effectively meeting the needs of ELLs.

The ELL endorsement consists of 18 credits

Note that the endorsement requires a practicum in an educational setting where you work with linguistically diverse students (T&L 501).

Core courses for the endorsement include:

T&L 501 Practicum
T&L 504 Linguistics for Teachers
T&L 509 Curriculum and Assessment for Bilingual/ESL Education
T&L 510 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
T&L 514 Methods and Materials for Bilingual/ESL Education
T&L 549 Communicating in a Multilingual Society

Finally, candidates must pass the WEST E in English Language Learners in order to apply for the add-on endorsement.

Enrollment options

Teachers who wish to add the ELL Endorsement to their certificates may participate in the program in two ways. (Pre-certified teachers should consult with their advisors for program application information, and begin the program after their first "block" of education courses.) 

Endorsement courses as part of a master’s degree (Ed.M.)

Students may apply the majority of the endorsement coursework to a master’s degree with a specialization in curriculum and instruction on the Spokane campus. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Master’s degree application including online application to the WSU graduate school as a master’s degree student. (Click here for information about the to master’s degree program.)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A ELL Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Non-degree seeking graduate student

Students may participate in the endorsement program as a non-degree seeking graduate student. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Apply online to the WSU graduate school as a non-degree seeking graduate student (Select Ed.M. Curriculum and Instruction Non-Degree) (www.gradschool.wsu.edu)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A ELL Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Application Process and Timelines

The ELL Endorsement Program admits students each semester. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadlines

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

 For application instructions, please refer to any checklist and/or instructions provided with the application materials.

 Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the certificate program.

Endorsement Program Application Materials (Word)
Self-evaluation Worksheet for ELL Endorsement (PDF)



MIDDLE LEVEL MATH ENDORSEMENT

The Middle Level Mathematics Add-On Endorsement program is a statewide program designed for practicing teachers who wish to expand their areas of endorsement, with coursework available via face-to-face instruction and AMS videoconference.

Course prerequisites include completion of the following with a "C" or better:

Math 106 College Algebra, or an appropriate math placement score.
Math 252 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II, or an endorsement in elementary education.

Courses for the endorsement include the following:

Math 151 Calculus for Middle School Teachers
Math 303 Higher Geometry
Math 351 Algebraic Thinking for Middle School Teachers
Tch_Lrn 426/533 Middle Level Mathematics Methods
Tch_Lrn 427/534 Proportional Reasoning

Candidates must pass the NES in Middle Grades Mathematics in order to apply for the add-on endorsement.

Enrollment options

Teachers who wish to add the Middle Level Math Endorsement to their certificates may participate in the program in three ways. (Pre-certified teachers should consult with their advisors for program application information, and begin the program after their first "block" of education courses.) 

Endorsement courses as part of a master’s degree (Ed.M.)

Students may apply the majority of the middle level math coursework to a master’s degree with a specialization in curriculum and instruction on the Spokane campus. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Master’s degree application including online application to the WSU graduate school as a master’s degree student. (Click here for information about the to master’s degree program.)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A Middle Level Math Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Non-degree seeking graduate student

Students may participate in the endorsement program as a non-degree seeking graduate student. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Apply online to the WSU graduate school as a non-degree seeking graduate student (Select Ed.M. Curriculum and Instruction Non-Degree) (www.gradschool.wsu.edu)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A Middle Level Math Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Non-degree, post-baccalaureate application

Students may also participate in the endorsement program as a non-degree seeking post-baccalaureate student. (Please note, classes taken as a as a post-bacc student may never be applied to a graduate degree.) To apply submit the following to the Spokane campus:

•     Apply to university as a non-degree seeking post-baccalaureate student (contact undergrad admissions)

•     Completed endorsement program application

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A Middle Level Math Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

•     $50 check payable to WSU for evaluation/application fee.

Application Process and Timelines

The Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement Program admits students each semester. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadlines

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

For application instructions, please refer to any checklist and/or instructions provided with the application materials.

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the certificate program.

Endorsement Program Application Materials (Word)
Self-evaluation Worksheet for Middle Level Math Endorsement (PDF)

READING ENDORSEMENT

WSU's Reading Endorsement provides the skills and strategies necessary for those who wish to increase dramatically their knowledge of the teaching of reading as well as their cultural competence—awareness, sensitivity, and support of diverse populations—in relation to the literacy growth of students in P-12. Our program embeds curriculum development, pedagogical skills, and diagnostic assessment with tutoring experience.

The Reading Add-On Endorsement program is designed for practicing teachers who wish to expand their areas of endorsement, with coursework available in Spokane via face-to-face instruction and AMS videoconference.

The Reading Endorsement Program requires 22 credits

Courses for the endorsement include:

Tch_Lrn 528 Literacy within the Disciplines
Tch_Lrn 537 Seminar in Language, Literacy, and Culture
Tch_Lrn 544 Teaching Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Tch_Lrn 546 Teaching Writing
Tch_Lrn 551 Psychology of Reading
Tch_Lrn 553 Assessment Instruction in Reading K-8
Tch_Lrn 558 Improving Comprehension through Literature


Finally, candidates must pass the NES in Reading in order to apply for the add-on endorsement.

Enrollment options

Teachers who wish to add the Reading Endorsement to their certificates may participate in the program in two ways. (Pre-certified teachers should consult with their advisors for program application information, and begin the program after their first "block" of education courses.) 

Endorsement courses as part of a master’s degree (Ed.M.)

Students may apply the majority of the reading endorsement coursework to a master’s degree with a specialization in curriculum and instruction on the Spokane campus. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Master’s degree application including online application to the WSU graduate school as a master’s degree student. (Click here for information about the to master’s degree program.)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A Reading Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Non-degree seeking graduate student

Students may participate in the endorsement program as a non-degree seeking graduate student. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Apply online to the WSU graduate school as a non-degree seeking graduate student (Select Ed.M. Curriculum and Instruction Non-Degree) (www.gradschool.wsu.edu)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A Reading Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Application Process and Timelines

The Reading Endorsement Program admits students each semester. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 Application deadlines

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

 For application instructions, please refer to any checklist and/or instructions provided with the application materials.

 Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the certificate program.

Endorsement Program Application Materials (Word)

Self-evaluation Worksheet for Reading Endorsement (PDF)



CONTACT US

Program information

Kelly LaGrutta
Academic Coordinator
lagrutta@wsu.edu