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The Evergreen State College is a Top-Rated Masters College located in the Pacific Northwest. Engage in transformative education with our culturally responsive curriculum and create equitable learning for the next generation. 

Qualities of a Strong Candidate 

  • Experience in building relationships with students, families and community members, including experience with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Commitment to a teaching career in a public K–12 setting and the challenging and collaborative work of building classrooms of brilliance, joy, and justice
  • Interest in the intellectual and social development of young people
  • Recommended: A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours. For Evergreen graduates, strong evaluations demonstrating quality of work, collaboration, commitment to learning and growth.
Summer 2025 Cohort

Applications for the 2025-26 Cohort open Summer 2024.

To learn more request information or email 

Application Timelines

Spring 2024 Cohort

Application Deadline: February 9, 2024

This is the final application deadline for the Spring 2024 cohort.

Summer 2025 Cohort

Applications Open: Summer 2024

The application cycle for the Summer 2025 cohort will begin Summer 2024. In-person and online information sessions will begin January 2024.

Get updates about the next application cycle.

Apply Online

Pay the $50.00 non-refundable application fee by credit card, debit card, or e-check.

Your application is only considered complete when we receive your online application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, prompt responses, resume, test scores and application fee.

Education that meets you where you are

In addition to the traditional application for our graduate degree program, we also offer options for dual-degree and alternate routes for current district employees and licensed teachers. 

Recommendations for Applicants

Considerations for preparing your application materials

Are you planning to become a teacher? Here are some considerations for planning/examining your content preparation:

  1. Identify the endorsement area you are interested in. An endorsement area refers to the subject area and age group of students you would like to teach. Learn more about Teaching Endorsements
  2. Review the competencies (knowledge and skills) that Washington state looks for in a public school teacher with the endorsements you are considering.
  3. Assess your preparation for teaching the content area(s) for your chosen endorsement:
    • For current undergraduates, consider working with an academic advisor to help you plan your academic and volunteer experience to help you skills and abilities in your chosen endorsement area. 
    • Consider how have your educational, work and life experiences have prepared you to teach in this endorsement area. 
    • Identify specific evidence to illustrate the competencies recommended for your endorsement. 
    • Identify the competencies where you may need to develop or deepen your knowledge and skill.

Admissions Requirements

Transcripts, admissions documents, tests and more

Dual-Degree Applicants

Available to current Evergreen undergraduate students
  • Have completed at least one quarter of Evergreen undergraduate coursework. 
  • On track to graduate with 180 undergraduate credits towards a bachelor's degree prior to enrolling in the Fall Quarter of the Graduate program (eligible to graduate in spring or summer). Check your Academic Progress page in My Evergreen to confirm your credit status. 
  • Transfer students must complete their final 45 credits at Evergreen, which can include the 12 undergraduate credits in the graduate program.

Applying to the dual degree program requires a different application link. To check for eligibility for the dual degree option and request the application link, reach out to

Alternate Route Applicants

Available to bachelor degree holding district employees and conditionally licensed teachers
  • Earned a bachelors degree (learn more about specific criteria in Application Requirements)
  • Currently employed by a participating WA school district as a district employee or conditionally licensed teacher 

    Partnering School Districts

    • Shelton School District 
    • North Thurston Public Schools 

International Students

International applicants have additional admission criteria

Additional admission criteria for international applicants:

  • English language proficiency
    Every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following:
    • A Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago or the United Kingdom.
    • One of the following minimum English language proficiency test scores demonstrated through submission of official scores at the time of application: 
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language paper test: 600
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language computerized test: 250
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language online test: 100
      • International English Language Testing System: 7.5
  • Transcripts 
    Transcripts from any university attended outside of the United States or Canada or the Philippines must be evaluated for U.S. college credit and degree equivalencies by an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Institution of Foreign Credential Services.
  • Tests - If residing in the U.S., take all required tests
    Most of these tests are now available at multiple sites overseas, so please make an effort to take them if you are within a reasonable distance from your current location. 

    If you cannot take the tests prior to application, notify the program at You will be expected to take the tests in the U.S. as soon as can be arranged.
  • Finances 
    International students must have evidence of having at least $49,695 USD to pay all expenses for one academic year's enrollment at Evergreen. This estimate includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, personal expenditures and transportation (excluding travel to and from U.S.). 

    Admissions will work with admitted students on this paperwork.

Required Tests

Washington State Testing Requirements

You must attempt a basic skills assessment and one or more content area assessments to be admitted. Washington State requires that you attempt the WEST-B and complete WEST-E/NES tests prior to being recommended for certification. See the Washington Educator Skills Tests site for registration, preparation materials and more details. 

There are restrictions on how often you can take the tests and how often scores are reported, so plan ahead.

Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B)

The WEST-B has three sections: reading, writing, and math. You can take the sections separately or all together. Aspiring teachers have three options for satisfying the Washington State basic skills assessment requirement: 

  1. Attempt the WEST-B
  2. Submit SAT scores
  3. Submit ACT scores

Washington Educator Skills Tests-Endorsements (WEST-E)

Washington state defines subject areas for teaching as areas of endorsement. Aspiring teachers take a multiple-choice test (WEST-E or NES) for each endorsement they choose.

A passing score for a WEST-E test is 240 and a passing score for a NES test is 220. Foreign language endorsements have additional testing requirements. Foreign language endorsements require:

  • ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or computerized interview (OPIC) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) from Language Testing International
  • Proficiencies must be passed at the advanced low level.
EndorsementLevelWEST-E Code
Biology5–12NES 305
Chemistry5–12NES 306
Earth and Space Science5–12NES 307
Elementary EducationK–8NES 102 & NES 103
English Language Arts5–12NES 301
English Language LearnersP–12051
Mathematics5–12NES 304
Middle Level Humanities4–9052 & 053
Middle Level Math4–9NES 203
Middle Level Science4–9NES 204
Physics5–12NES 308
Social Studies5–12028
Theatre ArtsP–12055
Visual ArtsP–12NES 503
World Languages: French, Japanese, or SpanishP–12100*

Out-of-State Applicants

If you currently live outside of Washington state, you may be able to take the tests in your area. Visit the Washington Educator Skills Test website for locations and availability.

Washington state also allows certain substitutes for the WEST-B, such as Praxis CORE and CBEST. If you live out of state when you submit your application visit the Professional Educator Standards Board website for a complete list. You are still required to take the WEST-E or NES for your content exam.

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