Middle Level Endorsements

For Students Enrolled in the K-8 Teacher Certification Program

  • Middle Level Humanities
  • Middle Level Math
  • Middle Level Science

A Middle Level Endorsement qualifies an individual to teach in grades 4 - 9 in a specific subject area. Candidates can complete up to TWO of the Middle Level Endorsements while enrolled in the K-8 Teacher Certification program IF they have completed the additional required coursework* in the endorsement area(s) and they have passed the appropriate WEST-E or NES content test(s).

As soon as possible after you have been admitted to the K-8 Teacher Certification Program and you would like to pursue a Middle Level Endorsement, please contact:

Jon Howeiler
Certification Officer and Field Placement Coordinator

Step 1. Register for appropriate Middle Level Content 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 WEST-E will no longer 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 before they begin the Dyad Placement in Autumn quarter (see Step 3).

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 usually available in Autumn and Spring quarters, and meets once a week in the evenings. You may register for and take this course along with your required coursework in the K-8 Teacher Certification Program. This course is required for the Middle Level Endorsement.

Step 3. Successfully participate in a Dyad Placement Autumn quarter of K-8 Teacher Certification Program

All UW Bothell School of Educational Studies candidates for Middle Level endorsements will be observed teaching in a Middle or Junior High School classroom setting. Placements in these classrooms will be arranged by Jon Howeiler, Certification Officer and Field Placement Coordinator. Education Program Field Instructors and Master Teachers will each perform one of these observations over the duration of the placement.

*NEW for 2016 - Required Middle Level Coursework

Beginning 2016, students who wish to add one or more Middle Level Endorsements while enrolled in the UW Bothell K-8 Teacher Certification Program must show that they have completed additional content area coursework to support teaching in that subject area.

Applicants to the K-8 Program in 2015 are not required to complete this coursework, but faculty recommend that they consider meeting these requirements in order to be strongly prepared to teach at the middle level in the subject area.