Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

ENDORSEMENTS

Endorsements indicate you are qualified to teach a particular topic. Endorsements may be granted in biology, chemistry, earth science, and in physics. In addition there is an area endorsement called "Science."  A full listing of possible endorsements can be found on the Woodring Endorsements page.

DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC ENDORSEMENT
45 quarter hours of study are generally required in that discipline with specified subtopics included. The Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction establishes minimum criteria for the endorsements. Approved colleges and universities may then approve endorsements according to institutional standards which must at least meet those established by the State Board of Education.

In general, WWU will approve endorsement when a student has met the equivalent of the minimum criteria which it has established for one of its approved majors leading to that endorsement. For individual disciplines these will be within a very few credits of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction minima.

The area endorsement in Science permits assignment to teach any of the natural sciences at a secondary school level. It requires, first, that the individual qualifies for endorsement in one of the specific sciences. In addition the individual must have studied each of the other sciences in sufficient depth to teach that science at the high school level. WWU interprets that to require the approximate equivalent of one year’s sequence of study in each of the other sciences. A biology major will commonly have accomplished that, or nearly, except for earth science in their course of study. Chemistry majors commonly complete sufficient physics; biochemistry majors commonly complete sufficient biology as well. Geology majors may well have sufficient physics and chemistry, depending on the specifics of their programs. Ideally we prefer something approximating our " General Science—Secondary" major.

ASSESSMENT
Endorsement may be granted in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics or Science. WWU programs designed to earn these endorsements are described under "Plans of study." Those with other degrees, from WWU or other colleges or universities, are strongly advised to consult with the Director of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program, Professor Edward Geary, and/or with a science education adviser in the relevant department(s), as early as possible, to assure that your course of study will earn endorsement.

ADVISORS
Those with other degrees, from WWU or other colleges or universities, are strongly advised to consult with the Director of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program, Professor Edward Geary or the appropriate science education advisor (below) to determine whether your degree program will qualify and to establish appropriate remedies. It is strongly recommended that this be done prior to or immediately after enrollment to avoid surprises. You are encouraged to send a copy of your academic transcripts (this need not be official for preliminary assessment) to Dr. Nelson if you are not resident at Western. He will either assess it himself or refer it to a discipline specialist, depending on the nature of the inquiry. Please tell us what endorsement(s) you want or believe you may qualify for and translate the name of any course which is to be considered but whose title is not obviously relevant.

Biology:

Chemistry:

Computer Science:

Earth Science:

Elementary Education Advisor:

Physics and Astronomy:

Secondary Education Advisor:

Graduate Advisor:

You are encouraged to send a copy of your academic transcripts (this need not be official for preliminary assessment) to Dr. Geary if you are not resident at Western. He will either assess it himself or refer it to a discipline specialist, depending on the nature of the inquiry. Please tell us what endorsement(s) you want or believe you may qualify for and translate the name of any course which is to be considered but whose title is not obviously relevant.