Teacher Certification

Welcome to the Teacher Certification Office website!

The Teacher Certification Office is housed in Black Hall, room 101. The office is responsible for processing and updating the applications to the Teacher Certification Program, handling edTPA, WEST-B, WEST-E, ACTFL, and NES scores, processing fingerprint clearance, clearing candidates for field experiences and student teaching, and processing the teaching certificate upon successful completion of the Teacher Certification Program. Candidates wanting to pursue the Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate will begin their journey with this office. The staff in the Teacher Certification Office will assist in providing accurate information to teacher candidates who may have questions regarding the programs, prerequisites, fingerprint clearance, WEST-B, WEST-E, NES, ACTFL, certification, job opportunities, and much more. Please stop by our office or contact us if you have any questions. 

Effective immediately: CWU teacher candidates who enroll in any course that requires the candidate to work with P-12th grade children on or off campus, must submit proof of educator liability insurance. CWU offers the required insurance to students for $7.12. Please complete the Professional Liability Insurance Enrollment form and submit it to the CWU Cashier's Office with the correct payment. The liability insurance is valid September 1 - August 31 of each year. The CWU Teacher Certification Office receives notification when a teacher candidate has purchased the required insurance.

As of August 1, 2014, the new National Evaluation Series (NES) exam has been implemented in the following endorsement areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (test code 101)
  • Elementary Education Subtest 1 (test code 102)
  • Elementary Education Subtest 2 (test code 103)
  • English Language Arts (test code 301)
  • Mathematics (test code 304)
  • Middle Level Math (test code 203)
  • Reading (test code 104)

Candidates who are pursuing one of the above endorsement areas and who have not yet passed the WEST-E exam, must take and pass the new NES exam for certification purposes. If you have passed only one subtest of the WEST-E exam in Elementary Education, you will only need to take and pass the NES subtest exam in which you have not yet passed.

The CWU Teacher Certification Office provides vouchers to help offset some of the costs associated with becoming a Washington state teacher. If you qualify for financial aid (as determined by the CWU Financial Aid Office), please check out the following voucher applications:

edTPA Voucher ($300)

Fingerprinting Fee Voucher ($68.50)

WEST-B Voucher (up to $155) - unfortunately, CWU is out of vouchers for the remainder of 2016-17.

WEST-E Voucher (up to $155) - unfortunately, CWU is out of vouchers for the remainder of 2016-17.

NES Test Fee Waiver Form