History 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.
History Endorsement Course Requirements
- United States History 3-4 courses*
2-3 courses* must be United States history pre-1865, post-1865 sequence
1 course must cover a United States underrepresented population
- Washington or Pacific Northwest History - 1 course
- Ancient World (pre-600 CE) - 1 course
- European History or Western Civilization - 2 courses
- Global Studies or Non-Western History - 2 courses
- History Methods or Historical Research - 1 course
- American Government - 1 course
- Geography - 1 course
- Economics - 1 course
*Depends on institution (semester or quarter school)
- 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 history methods class that covers Japanese history would fulfill History Methods and Non-Western requirements)
- Because courses may fulfill multiple requirements, students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of coursework in History (a major in History 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.