Endorsement Competencies for Teachers in Washington State

Endorsement requirements in Washington rely on a performance-based system in which candidates must demonstrate mastery of key competencies. Teams of P-12 educators and higher education faculty with expertise in each area developed these competencies and aligned them with national content standards and Washington standards for P-12 education. 

The WEST-E, the required content test for teachers, was developed specifically for Washington and was based on these competencies. The NES will replace some of the WEST-E assessments beginning in fall 2014. See NES Transition for more information.

WEST-E Objectives - Investigate objectives for each endorsement. 

Grade ranges are listed in parentheses followed by approval year. Please see the Endorsement Reapproval Timeline page for reapproval deadlines.

Archived Endorsement Competencies