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Endorsement Program Handbook

Endorsement Program Overview

Take your teaching expertise to the next level with an endorsement from City University of Seattle.

CityU offers online endorsement programs in high need areas, providing an opportunity for teachers to deepen their classroom skills and increase their toolbox of strategies for teaching to a highly diverse student population.

Candidates may add an endorsement to a Washington state teaching certificate by completing the required courses in a plan of study. Most endorsement courses are offered online. However, some courses in the Elementary Education endorsement series may require on-site attendance for one course per quarter.

The Practicum must be completed in person in a school in Washington. 

Endorsement Program Outcomes

This practicum will prepare students to:

  1. Demonstrate skill in assessment of student learning
  2. Exhibit essential dispositions of a professional educator.
  3. Involve families and communities in student learning.
  4. Demonstrate skill in engaging students in meaningful learning activities.
  5. Demonstrate skill in planning for instruction.
  6. Demonstrate positive impact on student learning.

Endorsement Options

These programs fulfill the Washington State education requirements for their respective areas. In addition to completing the program, students must also pass the required test to earn the endorsement.

Special Education                               27 Credits

English Language Learners                17 Credits

Reading                                               17 Credits

Elementary Education                         29 credits


Test Only

These programs are not required by Washington State, but they prepare students for the tests needed to earn the respective endorsements.

Math for Grades Five through Twelve 24 Credits

Middle Level Math                               18 Credits