WEST-E/NES Exemption

Individuals who hold a certificate through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) are exempt from the WEST-E/NES requirement, if there is a direct equivalency between the endorsements sought and their National Board certificate. 

Equivalent NBPTS and WA Endorsements Eligible for WEST-E Exemption

NBPTS Subject Area

WA Endorsements

Art: Early and Middle Childhood (3-12)

Visual Arts

Art: Early Adolescence thru Young Adulthood (11-18+) Visual Arts

Early Childhood Generalist (3-8)

Early Childhood Education

English as a New Language: Early and Middle Childhood (3-12)

English Language Learners

English as a New Language: Early Adolescence thru Young Adulthood (11-18+) English Language Learners

English Language Arts: Early Adolescence (11-15)

English Language Arts

English Language Arts: Adolescence & Young Adulthood (14-18+) English Language Arts

Exceptional Needs Early Childhood thru Young Adulthood (3-18+)

Special Education

Library Media: Early Childhood thru Young Adulthood (3-18+)

Library Media

Literacy: Early and Middle Childhood (3-12)

Reading

Middle Childhood Generalist (7-12)

Elementary Education

Mathematics: Early Adolescence (11-15)

Middle Level Mathematics

Mathematics: Adolescence & Young Adulthood (14-18+) Mathematics

Science: Early Adolescence (11-15)

Middle Level Science

Science: Adolescence & Young Adulthood (14-18+) Science
Social Studies & History: Early Adolescence (11-15) Social Studies

Social Studies & History: Early Adolescence (11-15)

History

Social Studies & History: Adolescence & Young Adulthood (14-18+)

Social Studies

Social Studies & History: Adolescence & Young Adulthood (14-18+) History

World Languages: Early Adolescence thru Young Adulthood (11-18+)

World Language

More information about applying for a Washington teaching certificate under these new rules can be found at Certification website or by calling the Certification office of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 360.725.6400.