Feedback Requested: Proposed Revisions to the Pathways Chart for Adding Endorsements & the 90-Day Requirement

Feedback requested on the following two issues by May 5th or you may submit public comment through May 18th for PESB Members' consideration at the May 21-22, 2015 meeting.

Issue A
Do you agree with the proposed edits?
Do you prefer one of the proposed Pathways Charts?
Please include a rationale for your edits and/or preferences.
Issue B
The Standards Board will consider the following options for the 90-day, certified teaching requirement before adding another endorsement:

Option 1: Keep the 90-day requirement.
Option 2: Change to a 30-day requirement.
Option 3: Remove the requirement.

This page contains information and links for educator preparation providers related to endorsement competencies, approval and re-approval forms, and implementation timelines.  If you are an individual looking for an endorsement offered at an approved institution go to Approved Programs page or the Future Teachers page.

PESB Endorsement Processes

The PESB reviews endorsements at three points: approval, reapproval, and annual review. These reviews allow PESB to ensure programs prepare highly effective educators who are able to demonstrate a positive impact on student learning, as well as align requirements for endorsements with the state's P-12 learning goals; align requirements for endorsements with the specialty organization standards where appropriate; maintain rigorous standards for obtaining endorsements; and compliment a performance-based teacher certification system.

Rescinding an Endorsement Program
Programs also have the option of rescinding their endorsement program approval. To rescind approval, the dean must send a letter addressed to the PESB chair. Programs do not need the Board’s permission to rescind a program—that occurs upon receipt of the letter—but the letter will be on the consent agenda as a written report so the Board members are updated on this change in program status. Programs have 30 months to have candidates complete the endorsement program and apply for the endorsement.

Programs with endorsements receiving a disapproval will not be allowed to grant the endorsement to any newly admitted candidates. Programs may continue to grant the endorsement for candidates currently enrolled in the endorsement program up to 30 months after disapproval. After disapproval, programs may submit to offer the endorsement through the initial approval process.

Pathways Chart for Adding Endorsements

The Pathways Chart for Adding Endorsements details the policy and procedures for Washington certified teachers who wish to add an endorsement. Stakeholders who recently revised the endorsement competencies to align with CCSS and NGSS also made recommendations for the Pathways Chart for Adding Endorsements.