WEST Certification Requirements

Candidates applying for admission to state-approved educator preparation programs and candidates who are prepared and/or certified out of state and applying for a Washington residency or professional teaching certificate are required to meet the minimum passing scores on all three subtests (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) of the WEST–B. Candidates adding an endorsement to a new or existing Washington teaching certificate are required to meet the minimum passing scores on the corresponding WEST–E test.

Applicants for the residency teaching certificate who have completed an educator preparation program outside Washington may apply for a teaching permit that will grant them an additional calendar year to meet the WEST–B and WEST–E requirements.

The PESB has adopted rules that provide exemptions to the WEST–B and WEST–E requirements under certain circumstances:

For more information about certification requirements and how to apply for a Washington teaching certificate, please visit the website for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) at www.k12.wa.us or call the OSPI at (360) 725-6400.