The WEST-B is a requirement for certification. With exceptions for only a few candidates, Washington teacher preparation programs require passing this basic skills assessment prior to admittance. Additionally, all individuals must pass the WEST-B to receive a teaching certificate. For more information visit www.west.nesinc.com.
Currently there are 21 approved programs in Washington. To find a list of Washington's approved programs, click here. For information about programs offered online and / or by institutions outside of Washington, click here.
The WEST-E tests content knowledge in an endorsement area (subject). Each new certificate must include at least one endorsement. All in state prepared teachers must have this completed prior to applying for a certificate. Out-of-state prepared teachers must pass the WEST-E within a year. For more information about the WEST-E visit www.west.nesinc.com.
All Washington teachers must have completed a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to certification. The Bachelors degree can be completed while attending a preparation program or prior to entering the program. The Certification Only programs are intended for those who have finished a Bachelor's Degree. A Masters In Teaching program is designed to grant a Master's Degree while completing the Certification Only courses.
Those who hold a certificate from another state should begin with Certification Department of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Alternative Routes to Certification Programs.