Pathway 2 for Certified Teachers

Adding a Middle Level Endorsement to a current teaching certificate enables an individual to teach grades four through nine in Washington State. These endorsements are available via a Pathway 2 program for eligible practicing teachers with the following endorsements:

Endorsement Pathway 2 for Certified Teachers in Science

Current Endorsement Held-If you hold an endorsement in:

You are eligible for a Middle Level endorsement in the following subjects:


Middle Level Science


Middle Level Science

Earth and Space Science

Middle Level Science


Middle Level Science


Middle Level Science

Endorsement Pathway 2 for Certified Teachers in Other Areas

Current Endorsement Held-If you hold an endorsement and have 90 days experience in:

You are eligible for a Middle Level endorsement in the following subjects:

Elementary Education

Middle Level Mathematics; Middle Level Science; Middle Level Humanities

English Language Arts

Middle Level Humanities


Middle Level Humanities

Social Studies

Middle Level Humanities

Educator Retooling Program Scholarships

Educator Retooling scholarships are available from PESB for teachers adding either Middle Level Math or Middle Level Science via Pathway 2.   The process has recently changed, requiring applicants to submit an Endorsement Budget Form.  The candidate completes this form and then must obtain a signature from an IHE representative (Jon Howeiler, UWB SES) who can attest to the accuracy of the costs.  See the form and instructions here

For general information about PESB’s Educator Retooling Program go to this website.

You can also visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website for more information on pathways to earning endorsements.

Steps to adding a Middle Level Endorsement through the UW Bothell Education Program Pathway 2

*IMPORTANT!  See “New content requirement changes beginning 2016-17” information listed on the right hand column

Step 1. Register for appropriate WEST-E Middle Level Test 

To Register and for more information on the WEST-E tests, visit the WEST-E Website. For information on Washington State Learning Goals and Grade Level Standards and Resources, visit the OSPI website.

The following is a list of the corresponding WEST-E test numbers.  

  • Middle Level Humanities 052 and 053
  • Middle Level Math 012
  • Middle Level Science 013 

After September 1, 2014, the Middle Level MATH WESTE will no longer be offered.  It is being replaced with the NES Middle Grades Mathematics test.  However, if you already took the WESTE Middle Level Math test prior to September 1, 2014 it will still be accepted toward earning the Middle Level Math endorsement.  (The other two Middle Level endorsements will continue to use the WESTE tests until further notice)

All candidates for Middle Level endorsements are required to pass the appropriate WEST-E test (or NES, if applicable - see above) before they begin the Pedagogy Assessment/Field Observation portion of the program (see Step 4).

Advisor/Coordinator for Pathway 2 is:
Jon Howeiler

Step 2. Register for UW Bothell course *B EDUC 480 "Middle School Learners"

"Middle School Learners" is a 3 credit, undergraduate course offered at UW Bothell. *This course is available in spring quarter only, and meets once a week in the evenings. This course, or an approved equivalent, is required for the Middle Level Endorsement Pathway 2 program. If you have already taken "Middle School Learners" or believe that you have completed an equivalent course, please proceed to Step 3.

If you are not a current UW Bothell student, you may enroll in the course as a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) student without formal admission to the University. For more information about non-matriculated status, see the UW Bothell Admissions. Application for non-matriculated status is available online.

If you are a UW Seattle MIT graduate who has taken EDTEP 562 or EDTEP 563 then BEDUC 480 will be waived.  Unofficial transcript must be provided.

Step 3. Completion of Pre-Observation Documents and Fee

 Complete the following forms (available online):

  • Pathway 2 Pedagogy Assessment/Employer Support Verification (OSPI Form 4422)
  • Walk-in or mail payment to:

    UW Bothell
    18115 Campus Way NE
    Cashiers Office-Box 358544
    Bothell, WA 98011

    Cashiers Office is located in Husky Hall. 
    Make check out to UWB School of Educational Studies-Pathway 2 Observation Fee

Program Costs

  • Certificate Fee (OSPI Requirement) - $48
  • WEST-E/NES tests - $120
  • B EDUC 480 "Middle School Learners" (3 cr) - $1072*
  • Pedagogy Assessment - $300* ($260 for UWB Teacher Certification program graduates) (Fee must be paid PRIOR to pedagogy assessment)


* Tuition rate is for 2016-17 school year, undergraduate student rate for WA state residents.  For more information on tuition rates vist our website.

Fees are subject to change. Please check websites and with the Certification Officer for current fees.

Step 4. Complete and Send Paperwork

Step 5. Successfully Complete Pedagogy Assessment/Field Observation

All UW Bothell Education Program candidates for Middle Level endorsements will be observed teaching in a Middle School classroom setting. Candidates must find their own classroom placement and document at least 10 hours in that classroom by having host classroom teacher send an email to Jon Howeiler. Education Program Field Instructors will perform these observations and candidates must successfully complete the pedagogy performance assessment (PPA and see below for link to this evaluation document) over two observations.

Step 6. Pay WA State Endorsement Fee

  • e-Cert Instructions (If you already have an account, then wait for the email from  OSPI asking you to “claim” the recommendation to complete the process and pay the $48 (WA State) Endorsement Fee)


For the 2016-17 school year, the deadline for completion for adding a ML endorsement via Pathway 2 is June 9, 2017.  This includes payment of all fees, completion of forms, passing test scores and the two required observations.

A candidate may still be currently enrolled in BEDUC 480 spring quarter. 

Content requirement changes beginning 2016-2017 school year

Eligible teachers for Pathway 2 plase note the new content requirements beginning in 2016-2017 school year.

For more information please download an updated

Coursework Requirements for Adding a Middle Level Endorsement.

Spotlight on Middle Level Pathway 2

Watch a brief overview presented by  Jon Howeiler