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Teacher Certification

College of Education and Professional Studies

Endorsement Only Program

Central Washington University's (CWU) Endorsement-Only Program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington State initial, residency, continuing, or professional teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate.

Teachers interested in obtaining an endorsement from CWU should download the Endorsement-Only Application and submit it with a check made payable to CWU for $40 to the Teacher Certification Office, 400 E University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7414. Once an application and transcripts are received, a credit evaluation will be completed by the Teacher Certification Office and sent to you for your records. The $40 program fee covers 1-2 credit evaluations on no more than 2 of the endorsements listed below. If you are requesting additional evaluations on more than 2 endorsements, additional fees may be required.

To enroll in courses, you will need to either formally apply for admission to CWU ( or complete the Non-Matriculated Registration Form. The Non-Matriculated Registration form will not allow you to receive financial aid. If you are wanting to apply for financial aid, you will need to be formally admitted to the university.

Once you have received your approved credit evaluation (please allow 3-4 weeks for processing), it will be your responsibility to meet with your program advisor to plan your course of study.

Upon successful completion of the endorsement courses and passing the WEST-E or NES exam, you will need to submit the Completion of Endorsement form to the CWU Teacher Certification Office. Once your file is complete, you will be recommended for the additional endorsement through OSPI's new eCert system. The Teacher Certification Office will email you the instructions on claiming the institution's recommendation and paying for the additional endorsement.

To qualify for an endorsement to teach in more than one specialization, students must meet the requirements for each specialization, including the passing of the WEST-E or NES in each area. Information regarding the WEST-E can be found online at Information regarding the NES exam can be found online at Please be sure to have official scores sent to the CWU Teacher Certification Office.

To view the required course work in each endorsement area, please click on the appropriate link below.

Bilingual Education

Biology (Major)

Biology (Minor)

Business and Marketing Education

Chemistry (Major)

Chemistry (Minor)


Drama (Theatre Arts)

Early Childhood Education (Large Program)

Early Childhood Education (Small Program)

Earth and Space Science

Elementary Education

English as a 2nd Language (English Language Learner)

English Language Arts

Family & Consumer Science

General Science

Health/Fitness (Grad Program Online)


Highly Capable

History/Social Studies

Library Media


MEd Literacy (Reading)

MEd (Special Education)

Middle Level Humanities

Middle Level Math

Middle Level Science

Music (Broad Area)

Music (Choral and General)

Music (Instrumental and General)

Physics (Large Plan)

Physics (Small Plan)


Science Education

Special Education

Special Education (High Incidence Minor)

Technology Education (Broad Area)

Technology Education (Non - Broad Area)

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