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Endorsements/Pathway 2

Pathway 2 allows teachers to add an endorsement if they hold a similar endorsement in terms of instructional methodology and content-related skills. Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a similar endorsement on a valid Washington state certificate (see Pathway 2 column of Pathways Chart for Adding Endorsements (PDF)).

  • Pass the NES/WEST-E content exam in the desired similar endorsement. (www.west.nesinc.com)

  • Apply to a college/university that offers a state-approved endorsement program for the desired endorsement. (Approved Teacher Programs)

  • Successfully complete the pedagogy assessments in a classroom of the desired endorsement (observed by a content-area expert).

  • The deadline to sign up to complete a Pedagogy Assessment with a Pathway 2 supervisor is the first business day of each month during the academic year. If payment and application materials are received by that date, the work can begin by the 15th of that same month. For example, if you would like to begin the Pathway 2 program in February, your application and payment must be received no later than Feb. 1, 2016, and the work will begin no later than
    Feb. 15. The last month to sign up is April.

Washington State Approved Endorsements via Pathway 2

Current Endorsement Held

Endorsements Offered at Whitworth via Pathway 2 
(desired endorsement)

Designated Science: Biology; Biology

Middle Level Science

Designated Science: Chemistry; Chemistry

Middle Level Science

Designated Science: Earth and Space Science; Earth Science

Middle Level Science

Designated Science: Physics;  Physics

Middle-Level Science

Early Childhood Education 

Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Middle Level Mathematics; Middle Level Science; Early Childhood Education

Middle-Level Humanities

English Language Arts; Social Studies; History

Middle-Level Mathematics


Middle-Level Science

Designated Science: Biology; Chemistry; Earth and Space Science; or Physics

Pathway 2 Eligibility and Process at Whitworth University
Candidates are eligible to add an endorsement via Pathway 2 at Whitworth University if they meet the following requirements:

  • passing score on the appropriate content exam for the desired endorsement (www.west.nesinc.com);
  • current status as a contracted teacher or long-term substitute teacher at a Washington state public school or state-approved private school is preferred, though not required;
  • employer and building-administrator support (or support from the school district and building administrator where the pedagogy assessment will be conducted) for completing the Pathway 2 Pedagogy Assessment;
  • successful completion of the pedagogy assessment administered by a content expert in a classroom of the desired endorsement.

Process for adding an endorsement via Pathway 2 at Whitworth University:

Complete and submit the following application materials. (Deadline Information)

After a thorough review of your application, Director of the Educational Certification & Career Services Office Cathy Stephens will contact you.

Non-refundable fees include the following:

  • $1,400 for a pedagogy assessment (two to four visits);
  • a minimum of a $110 mileage/travel-time fee based upon your school'slocation relative to Whitworth University

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