Initial Teaching Certificate

All CWU undergraduate teaching programs lead to Residency Teacher Certificate. Candidates must complete a major in a specific subject area (Endorsement Major) and a education foundations major (Certification Major) to be eligible for a Washington certificate.

Your Certification Major provides you with the tools and methods to be a successful educator and you Endorsement Major prepares you in the content necessary to teach your chosen subject.

Certification Majors

  • Secondary Education is typically paired with non math or science endorsements at the middle school and high school levels. If Early Childhood or Special Education is your only endorsement major, you will also complete this certification option.
  • Teach STEM is typically paired with an math or science endorsements.
  • Elementary Education is the only major that does not require and additional program because the requirements of both are integrated. If you are interested in double majoring in Elementary Education and an additional endorsement, then Elementary Education will serve this purpose.


Endorsement Majors

Please follow the links below to be directed to the academic departments for more information about the available endorsement.

P-12 Endorsements

4-9th Grade

P-3rd Grade

K-8th Grade

5-12th Grade

 *Special note: any endorsable minor must be paired with an endorsement major. CWU will not recommend to OSPI someone who only completes a minor and certification program.

CWU News

CWU Women’s History Month Film Series to begin March 5

February 28, 2024


CWU Capital Planning and Projects director appointed to Ellensburg City Council

February 28, 2024


More News

Questions? Contact Us.

Teacher Certification Program

Black Hall 208-9