English Language Arts Endorsement Requirements
Why an Endorsement?
Washington state teachers must be certified to teach and must hold an endorsement in a teaching subject. To be eligible for an endorsement, applicants must complete college-level coursework in their endorsement subject to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of various topics in the discipline. Specific endorsement competency areas are outlined by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board.
English Language Arts Endorsement Course Requirements
- Writing or Composition - 3 courses
- British Literature - 1 course
- Children's or Adolescent Literature - 1 course
- Global Literature or Literature in Translation - 1 course
Literature written in English by African or Asian authors meet requirement
- Language Study - 1 course
Example: History of the English Language; Global Englishes; Linguistic Anthropology
- Literary Theory & Criticism - 1 course
- Shakespeare - 1 course
- Women Writers or LGBTQ Writers - 1 course
- United States Literature - 2 courses
1 course must cover United States Writers of Color
- Myths or Legends - 1 course highly recommended, but not required
- Courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 will be accepted
- 100-level or higher community college or university course level will be accepted
- Courses may fulfill more than one content area requirement (Example: a course on African American women authors would fulfill United States Writers of Color and Women Writers requirements)
- Because courses may fulfill multiple requirements, students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of coursework in English (a major in English is not required)
It is strongly recommended that applicants work with an admissions or School of Educational Studies advisor to complete an endorsement area transcript review to determine if any course requirements are missing.
Applicants may be asked to submit a syllabus to determine whether a course meets endorsement area competencies.