K-12 Certification and Endorsements

K-12 Certification

Educating leaders and innovative thinkers inside and out of the classroom.

The College of Education offers a variety of degrees, endorsements, and certificate programs to obtain initial K-12 certification. 

Complete your elementary and secondary teaching certification in one year (four quarters) with our Master in Teaching degree. Add two quarters to your studies to receive your endorsement in Special Education.

Learn alongside fellow leaders who have a passion for positive change in a flexible program designed to fit your education, experience and career focus. Pursue your principal or program administrator certification through our master's, post-master's or doctoral degrees or certificate programs.

The School Psychology program leads to the Educational Specialist Degree, Washington state certification (ESA Certification) and national certification (National Certificate in School Psychology). Options include post-baccalaureate and post-master’s programs of study.

The School Counseling Program prepares students for Residency level Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certification in public and private K-12 settings. The program is fully accredited by CACREP.

Undergraduate students enrolling in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies may choose an Elementary Education (K-8) specialization and receive a bachelor's degree plus a teaching credential with an endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL).

Paraprofessionals seeking Washington Alternative Teacher Certification with an endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL)  may complete their B.A. in Digital Technology and Cultures. This degree allows students to gain valuable digital skills while exploring what it means to be human in the digital age. If you already have your B.A. from a regionally accredited school, a passing score on the state basic skills exam, and at least one year of teaching experience, paraprofessionals may enroll in the certification program with an ELL endorsement. 


Earn Your Degree and Endorsement

For Experienced Educators

Seattle University College of Education offers programs for experienced teachers with a valid teaching certificate to add endorsements to their initial, continuing, professional, or residency certificate. All SU endorsement options fulfill Pathway Three requirements outlined by the state’s Professional Educator Standards Board. These programs for certified teachers provide subject knowledge and enhance skills in teaching and curriculum development.

Earn your special education endorsement at Seattle University campus as part of a master's degree or educational specialist (post-master's) degree. The degree program also offers a post-master's certificate for the endorsement only.

Earn a master's degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers with an ELL endorsement in a collaborative new online program.

Endorsements Only

For Certified Teachers

Brought to you through a partnership of the College of Education and the Puget Sound Educational Service District, this online endorsement program prepares teachers for the state-mandated exam. These courses may be taken for graduate credit and will count as half of the credits toward a master's degree in Special Education.

Eight online courses offered by the College of Education in partnership with the Puget Sound Educational Service District prepare educators for the state-mandated exam. These courses may be taken for graduate credit and will count as half of the credits toward a master's degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers.

Teachers with Standard (lifetime) Certificates

Teachers with a standard (lifetime) teacher's certificate should not apply for endorsements, as these invalidate standard certificates. For more information, visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for more information (link to http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Standard.aspx)