Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification

English Language Arts Endorsement Requirements

English Language Arts Endorsement Requirements

The School of Educational Studies is transitioning to a new set of English Language Arts endorsement requirements for the 2023 application cycle. The 2022 and 2023 endorsement requirements are listed below.

Why an Endorsement?

Washington state teachers must be certified to teach and must hold an endorsement in a teaching subject. To be eligible for an endorsement, applicants must complete college-level coursework in their endorsement subject to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of various topics in the discipline. Specific endorsement competency areas are outlined by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board.

English Language Arts Endorsement Course Requirements

2022 Application Requirements 

  • Writing or Composition - 3 courses
  • British Literature - 1 course
  • Children's or Adolescent Literature - 1 course
  • Global Literature or Literature in Translation - 1 course
          Literature written in English by non-U.S. authors meet requirement
  • Language Study - 1 course
          Example: History of the English Language; Global Englishes; Linguistic Anthropology
  • Literary Theory & Criticism - 1 course
  • Shakespeare - 1 course
  • Women Writers or LGBTQ Writers - 1 course
  • United States Literature - 2 courses
          1 course must cover United States Writers of Color
  • Myths or Legends - 1 course highly recommended, but not required

2023 Application Requirements 

  • Writing or Composition - 3 courses
  • Children's or Adolescent Literature - 1 course
  • Global Literature - 1 course
          Non-United States authors or literature
  • Literary Theory, Criticism, or Methodology - 1 course
          Courses with embedded theory or criticism are accepted
  • United States Literature - 2 courses
  • Literature Elective (300-level or higher) - 1 course
  • Literature from Marginalized Communities - 3 courses
    • Literature from BIPOC, LGBTQ, or women writers; or other historically/globally marginalized groups
    • Courses in this category can satisfy other area requirements (Example: American Ethnic Literature satisfies Untited State Literature and Marginalized Communities categories)

Additional Requirements

2022 & 2023 Applications

  • Courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 will be accepted
  • 100-level or higher community college or university course level will be accepted
  • Courses may fulfill more than one content area requirement

Transcript Review

It is strongly recommended that applicants work with an admissions or School of Educational Studies advisor to complete an endorsement area transcript review to determine if any course requirements are missing.

Applicants may be asked to submit a syllabus to determine whether a course meets endorsement area competencies.


Approved UW Bothell Endorsement Courses

Lists of UW Bothell courses that satisfy English Language Arts endorsement requirements

Endorsement Course Syllabus Review Request

Syllabus Review Form

Unsure whether a course you've taken satifies an endorsement requirement? Complete this form to request that a past, current, or future course be considered for an endorsement requirement. Please submit the course syllabus - course descriptions will not be reviewed.

Please provide up to two weeks for requests to be processed.

Endorsement Course Petition

Petition Form

Prospective Secondary & Middle Level students may petition to substitute an endorsement area requirement with a course from another area. Additionally, prospective students may request an exemption from an endorsement requirement. Sample petitions: 

  • Sample substitution request: substitute one requirement for another because institution did not offer courses in that area 

  • Sample exemption request: earned lower than a 2.0 in an endorsement requirement, but completed an advanced degree in the discipline