Endorsements

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.

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.

Endorsement Approval

Purpose
The endorsement approval process is for current programs who wish to add an endorsement program, or for proposed programs seeking initial approval to offer a residency teacher program.

Process
An Endorsement Approval form must be submitted for each endorsement (not each route to the endorsement, e.g., 2+2, alt. route, undergrad, MAT). The prompts on the form will be reviewed by staff to ensure each prompt is answered directly and succinctly. The Endorsement Program Approval Guidance to Board document provides additional detail on the minimum requirements for approval. Staff will work with programs to revise responses as needed. Links to additional information and appendices with additional information are not forwarded to Board members—remember, we’re looking for succinct responses that directly address the prompts. Staff will note in the Board materials if the form does not meet the minimum requirements, or if the minimum requirements are met but a proposed process is outside of the norm in our state. Endorsement approval forms are on the PESB consent agenda; no presentation by the program is needed.

Timeline
The endorsement approval form, with any revisions addressed, is due to staff two months prior to the PESB meeting.

Approval Options
The Board has two options: initial approval of up to two years, or disapproval.

Endorsement Reapproval

Purpose
The endorsement reapproval process is for currently approved endorsement programs. This process occurs after the endorsement competencies are updated, which occurs on a seven-year cycle.

Process
An Endorsement Reapproval Form must be approved by the Board in order for a program to continue to offer an endorsement after the competencies are updated. Like the endorsement approval process, only succinct responses that address each prompt will be accepted—no links or appendixes. Exemplar responses are available on a Sample Endorsement Reapproval Form. Programs may find the side-by-side comparisons between the old and new competencies helpful in determining programmatic changes that will be needed. The minimum requirements for approval are noted on an Endorsement Reapproval Guidance to Board Checklist. Endorsement reapproval forms are placed on the consent agenda; no presentation by the program is needed. Staff will note in the Board materials if the minimum requirements are not met or if a process is outside of the norm in our state.

Timeline
An Endorsement Reapproval Form must be approved by the Board prior to the reapproval deadline. The final form, with any revisions made, is due to staff two months prior to the meeting.

Approval Options
The Board has three options: approval until the next annual endorsement review, at risk of losing approval with a written report addressing the issues due within one year, or disapproval. Once the written report (5 pages max.) is received, the approval options are approval until the next endorsement review, or disapproval.

Annual Endorsement Review

Purpose
The purpose of the endorsement review process is to ensure continuous improvement of candidate subject content knowledge and P-12 classroom performance with the aim of improving the effectiveness of candidates graduating from Washington teacher education programs. The purpose of endorsement reviews mirrors those of programs reviews: accountability, program improvement, and transparency.

Process
In March of each year, staff will provide data on WEST-E/NES and edTPA to the Board. The Board may require endorsement programs to submit a self-study and will determine approval options as appropriate.

Timeline
The self-study will be submitted to the Board on demand (typically March-July of the following year). Using ongoing indicators as well as program responses to the self-study and other required actions, the Board will determine endorsement approval.

Approval Options
The Board may grant a program’s endorsement (a) approval or (b) limited approval (at risk). The Board has the option to (c) disapprove a program’s endorsement if it has been at risk for two consecutive years.

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.

Disapproval
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.