Certification and References

An important culmination of your teacher preparation program involves receiving your state Residency Teaching certificate and landing that first teaching job. This page provides information to help with both. You’ll also find information on adding endorsements and substitute certification.

Washington State Teacher Certification

Residency Certification

These forms will be explained in detail during your Professional Seminar.  Certification paperwork is due during your last semester in program; typically about six weeks before graduation (see your planner for specific dates).  With your paperwork you’ll need to include a check made out to Northwest University for certification fees. Certification fees include: a $33.00 transaction fee, $35.00 for the first endorsement, and $15.00 for each additional endorsement.  After initial certification, anytime additional certificates are issued or current certificates are changed, OSPI will require the $33 transaction fee in addition to the certificate fee.

Testing Requirements for Residency Certification

Passing the WEST-E/NES Content Knowledge Exam in your endorsement area is required before you can be recommended for certification. Please use the links below to register and prepare for the exam.

WEST-E Test Information and Registration
WEST-E Test List and Preparation Recommendations

Adding Endorsements

Instructions for adding endorsements – HERE

Intern Substitute Certification

This certificate allows you to substitute teach for your mentor teacher during full-time student teaching. The process for this certification must be initiated by the school district in which you are student teaching. It is processed and fees are paid through the E-Cert system.

We will be sent an approval request when the application is processed. The certificate will be issued through the E-Cert system.

Professional References

Reference Requests

Letters of reference from important supervisors/observers during your field experience are necessary and will become important aspects in your job application process.  You’ll need letters of recommendation from your Mentor Teacher, your NU Supervisor, and your Mentor Principal.