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Teacher Certification Program
Black Hall 208-9
(509) 963-2660
teachercertification@cwu.edu

Required Tests for Program Admittance and Certification

Washington State requires teacher candidates demonstrate basic skills (WEST-B test) and content knowledge (WEST-E/NES test) from approved tests to be recommended for certification. For details about each test, please read the information in the drop down items below.

Vouchers

A limited number of vouchers are available to cover the cost of the WEST-B, WEST-E or NES tests . Vouchers will be awarded based on the highest amount of financial need (as determined by CWU’s Financial Aid Office). Vouchers may only be used for new test registrations. The Teacher Certification Program will email you the result of your application. Do not submit payment for the test until you have been notified by the Teacher Certification Program whether or not you have received a voucher.

To qualify for a voucher applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be currently enrolled at Central Washington University.
  2. Show financial need, as determined by the CWU Financial Aid Office.
  3. Have not received a previous voucher for a given test. You may only receive the voucher one time.

Voucher Values

Applications are only processed on the first of every month. If you apply after the first you will need to be patient in waiting for our response.

WEST-B Voucher (up to $96) awarded monthly. Broken into $32 codes to register for each subtest.

WEST-E and or NES Voucher (up to $96) awarded monthly.

Apply for a testing voucher

What happens if I cannot pass the content test?

CWU has developed, at the request of the state standards board, a Case-by-Case Exceptions Program to assist candidates in demonstrating their content knowledge through alternative measures. You will be asked to evaluate your weakest domains based on your Diagnostic Score Report sent from Pearson and provide evidence that your coursework demonstrates you have content knowledge in that domain.

Case-by-Case acceptance requirements:

  • Case-by-Case is only open to CWU students and alumni.
  • Case-by-Case is not available to Alternative Route applicants as passing the content test is an admission requirement.
  • Case-by-Case may only be used for your primary endorsement (Major) and not minors or add-on endorsements.
  • Please do not apply until your official scores been sent by Pearson. If you apply before you recieve your official scores and Diagnostic Score Report, you will have to do this again. Test report dates can be found online for both NES and WEST-E tests
  • Elementary Education (NES 102 and NES 103) Case-by-Case Requirements

    For Elementary Education majors, the content knowledge will more than likely come from your general education courses and not your pedagogy courses in your major.

    If your highest score is between 200-219 for NES 102 and/or NES 103 you may apply for each subtest today. You will need to meet this cut score for each subtest you have not passed if you hope to use this alternative to meet certification requirements.

    ex: NES 102 score 210 and NES 103 score 197- You can apply for NES 102 but will need a score higher than 200 to apply for NES 103.

    At any point your score for either subtest reaches 200 or higher and you have your Diagnostic Score Report from Pearson, you may apply to Case-by-Case. Applications are processed once per week. You will be e-mailed either submission requirements or explanation for being denied when your application is processed.

    **If your highest score is below this threshold please see the information below the application button.

    Please do not apply until your official scores have been sent by Pearson. If you apply before you recieve your official scores, you will have to do this again.

    Apply for Case-by-Case

    Example E-mail:

    Hello [content specialist],
    My name is [Name]
    My highest score on [Test] is [Score]. My score is too low to autmatically register for the Case-by-Case program, attached you will find the PDF of my Diagnostic Score Report. I feel I should have this opportunity because [provide reasons]

    Content Specialist Contact Information

    Elementary Education Majors

    Dr. Hughes
    Craig.Huges@cwu.edu
  • All other Majors Case-by-Case Requirements

    If your highest score is between 200-219 for NES or 220-239 for WEST-E attempts you may apply today. You will need to meet this cut score for tests you have not passed if you hope to use this alternative to meet certification requirements.

    At any point your score reaches 200-219 for NES or 220-239 for WEST-E and you have your Diagnostic Score Report from Pearson, you may apply to Case-by-Case. Applications are processed once per week. You will be e-mailed either submission requirements or explanation for being denied when your application is processed.

    **If your highest score is below this threshold please see the information below the application button.

    Please do not apply until your official scores have been sent by Pearson. If you apply before you recieve your official scores, you will have to do this again.

    Apply for Case-by-Case

    **If your highest score is below the required threshold, please contact the appropriate content specialist to discuss the testing barriers you are experiencing and strategies for passing the exam on additional attempts. You will need to include your Diagnostic Score Report sent from Pearson with your official scores in your initial contact.

    Example E-mail:

    Hello [content specialist],
    My name is [Name]
    My highest score on [Test] is [Score]. My score is too low to autmatically register for the Case-by-Case program, attached you will find the PDF of my Diagnostic Score Report. I feel I should have this opportunity because [provide reasons]

    Content Specialist Contact Information

    Special Education MAJOR
    Early Childhood Education MAJOR

    Dr. Hughes
    Craig.Huges@cwu.edu
    History/Social Studies Dr. Moore
    Stephen.Moore@cwu.edu
    Math Dr. Oursland
    Mark.Oursland@cwu.edu
    English Language Arts Dr. Cummings
    Bobby.Cummings@cwu.edu
    (send communication in Arial size 16 font)
    Performing Arts (Music, Theatre)
    Visual Art
    Dr. Shiver
    Todd.Shiver@cwu.edu
    Family and Consumer Sciences
    Business and Marketing Education
    Technology Education
    Ms. Musser
    Jodi.Musser@cwu.edu
    Health and Fitness Dr. Liang
    Tanjian.Liang@cwu.edu
    Science (all disciplines) Ms. Pinsoneault
    Adrienne.Pinsoneault@cwu.edu

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Updated 9/21/2022