If you already are a certified teacher in the State of Washington, or if you are attending a different teacher certification program that isn't related to World Languages, certified teachers can add a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean endorsement by passing state-required tests. Information is on the OSPI web page. General information on Washington State public school teacher certification is available from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
If you have further questions about teacher certification and endorsement programs at the University of Washington, please contact Michael Nielsen, Certification Coordinator in the College of Education.
First, review the application requirements for the Master in Teaching program through the College of Education at UW on the Teacher Education Site, and then download the Endorsement Evaluation Form. Second, download the department's detailed coursework requirements for an endorsement (PDF). (The department may accept substitutions of some courses if equivalent coursework has been taken elsewhere).
Email Professor Chan Lü with questions about Chinese courses.
Review the information on the College of Education's Teacher Education Site to learn about UW's teacher certification/endorsement programs.
- In what country did you receive your high school and college educations? What was the language of instruction in your high school and in your college?
- Please list Japan-related college social sciences and humanities courses you have completed.
- Have you had one or more college courses in linguistics? If so, please list these.
- Please attach a scan of your college transcripts.
- For those who did not graduate from a Japanese-medium high school or college in Japan: Have you passed the ACTFL OPI (speaking and writing) with scores of advanced low or higher in Japanese? (This is required by the College of Education in order to earn a World Languages endorsement, but is not part of the Japanese subject requirements overseen by Asian Languages & Literature.)