What You Can Teach

In order to teach a specific subject, you need to have an endorsement. Endorsements come with different levels, equivalent to the grade levels you can teach at.

To get an endorsement to teach a specific subject, you must:

  • Have completed coursework in your preferred endorsement area
  • Take tests that demonstrate your content knowledge
  • Complete curriculum planning, assessment and teaching methods work for your 
    endorsement within MiT, and a field experience

You may only have up to two endorsements when you start the MiT program. There are many cases where it is recommended that you add a second endorsement, and a few where a second one is required. See the table Endorsements Offered at Evergreen, below, for specifics.

You may not add an endorsement while you are in the program, but you can add one later in your career.

A student teacher reads aloud to her class

A student teacher reads aloud to her class.

Endorsement Levels

Teaching middle school

If you’re thinking about teaching students ages 11–14, you can choose from a variety of endorsements. Principals in middle schools prefer teachers with competency in both elementary education and a content area. Consider combining a broad endorsement with a more focused one.

P–12 endorsements cover a subject area that you can teach at any level, from birth (preschool) all the way through high school. Most P–12 endorsements require a second endorsement.

K–8 is the state endorsement for teaching elementary school. You’ll be prepared to teach in schools where students stay in the same class all day long.

4–9 endorsements specifically prepare you to teach in intermediate, middle school, or junior high schools.

5–12 endorsements prepare you to teach in any intermediate, middle school, junior high, or high school, where teachers teach specific subjects and students move from class to class.

Amy Solomon-Minarchi teaches her class

Amy Solomon-Minarchi teaches American Literature at the high school where she now works.

Endorsements Offered at Evergreen

Evergreen offers endorsements in 25 areas, including some that are offered at only a few places in Washington state.

Download the worksheet for your selected endorsement to see what coursework and other things are required. The WEST-E Code tells you which tests you need to take for your endorsement in addition to the WEST-B. Find out more about required tests.

Endorsements Offered at Evergreen
Endorsement Level 2nd Endorsement Prerequisites WEST-E Code
Biology 5–12 Encouraged Prerequisites (MS Word) 022
Chemistry 5–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word) 023
Earth and Space Science 5–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word) 024
Elementary Education K–8 Prerequisites (MS Word) NES 102 & NES 103
English Language Arts 5–12 Encouraged Prerequisites (MS Word) NES 301
English Language Learners P–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word) 051
History 5–12 Encouraged Prerequisites (MS Word) 027
Mathematics 5–12 Prerequisites (MS Word) NES 304
Middle Level Humanities 4–9 Encouraged Prerequisites (MS Word) 010 & 011
Middle Level Math 4–9 Prerequisites (MS Word) NES 203
Middle Level Science 4–9 Encouraged Prerequisites (MS Word) 013
Physics 5–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word)
Reading P–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word) NES 104
Science 5–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word) 021
Social Studies 5–12 Encouraged Prerequisites (MS Word) 028
Theatre Arts P–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word) 032
Visual Arts P–12 Encouraged Prerequisites (MS Word) 033
World Languages: French, Japanese, or Spanish P–12 Required Prerequisites (MS Word) 100*

* Foreign language endorsements also require the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or computerized interview (OPIC) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) from Language Testing International. These proficiencies must be passed at the advanced low level.