Middle Level Endorsements

Currently Certified Teachers

Endorsement 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.  This endorsement is available via a Pathway 2 program for practicing teachers with 90 days of teaching experience* in the following endorsement 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:
Technology Education Middle Level Science
Biology Middle Level Math; Middle Level Science
Chemistry Middle Level Math; Middle Level Science
Earth and Space Science Middle Level Math; Middle Level Science
Physics Middle Level Math; Middle Level Science
Science Middle Level Math; Middle Level Science
Middle Level Science Middle Level Math
Mathematics Middle Level Math
Elementary Education* Middle Level Math; Middle Level Science; Middle Level Humanities
English/Language Arts Middle Level Humanities
History Middle Level Humanities
Social Studies Middle Level Humanities

 *Teachers who hold a K-8 endorsement and who are unemployed (or working as substitutes) may have the 90 day teaching requirement waived if they are adding the Middle Level Math or Middle Level Science endorsement. This is the only waiver of the 90 day teaching requirement that is allowed.

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.   If you apply, you will need to request a Plan of Study from Jon Howeiler to include in your application.
(see Step 7 under ‘Getting Started’ on the below webpage):

Educator Retooling Program

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

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 010 and 011
  • 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):

Program Costs

  • Certificate Fee (OSPI Requirement) - $48
  • WEST-E/NES tests - $120
  • B EDUC 480 "Middle School Learners" (3 cr) - $1191 (2014-2015 School Year)
  • Pedagogy Assessment - $300* ($260 for UWB Teacher Certification program graduates) (Fee must be paid PRIOR to pedagogy assessment)

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 login and pay the $48 Endorsement Fee)


For the 2014-15 school year, the deadline for completion for adding a ML endorsement via Pathway 2 is June 5, 2015.  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. 


Spotlight on Middle Level Pathway 2

Watch a brief overview presented by  Jon Howeiler