Washington State requires all certified teachers to complete testing in basic skills, content knowledge and pedagogy.
- Basic Skills – WEST-B Exam or ACT / SAT: Applicants must attempt the WEST-B in reading, writing and math. If you have taken the SAT or ACT in reading, writing and math you may submit those passing scores in place of the WEST-B Exam.
- Content Knowledge – NES or WEST-E: Students must submit passing NES or WEST-E scores in content area of endorsement (elementary, English, history, etc.). Typically the deadline is mid-June, however this year it has been extended to October 1, 2020.
For more information regarding the above exams, please visit the Washington Educator Skills Test website.
- World Language Endorsement - Required Test: ACTFL written and verbal exam. Required only for applicants of MIT Secondary - World Language (Spanish or French) endorsement.
It is an option as Washington state endorsement requirements are based on content coursework and not on degrees earned. In order to pursue, you will likely need to take classes in the content area in which you want to teach. For more information and guidance, contact the MIT Admissions Specialist.
The list below represents Endorsement areas that are approved for the Gonzaga University Teacher Certification Program:
- Elementary (K-8)
- Music: Choral
- Music: Instrumental
- World Languages: French
- World Languages: Spanish
- English Language Learners (ELL)**
- English Language Arts
- Theatre Arts
- Social Studies
**Not a Stand Alone Endorsement
You will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you throughout the duration of the program to help you meet your academic goals. Our Student Services team is also available to answer your questions and connect you to the resources you need, including:
- Course Scheduling and Program Support
- Foley Library
- IT Help Desk
- Career Center
- Graduate Student Association
- Disability Access
- University Ministry
We are all here to help you succeed.
For Additional Questions:
Lisa Galindo Tavarez, Admissions Specialist
Call or Text (509) 313-6227 or (866) 380-5323