Western Washington University offers teacher certification with a world language endorsement in the following languages:
- Chinese Language and Culture with Teaching Endorsement Option, BA
- French with Teaching Endorsement Option, BA
- German with Teaching Endorsement Option, BA
- Japanese with Teaching Endorsement Option, BA
- Spanish with Teaching Endorsement Option, BA
Note: If you have previously completed coursework in one of the five world languages above from other institutions (college/university), have your coursework evaluated by Woodring College of Education, Secondary Education Department. Contact the Teacher Education Admissions Counselor.
World Language Endorsement Courses: To teach a world language at the secondary level, you need to earn a World Language Endorsement for your language. The Endorsement requirements are the following:
- LANG 410 World Language Instruction: Theory and Method I (offered only in Fall)
- LANG 420 World Language Instruction: Theory and Method II course (offered only in Winter)
- CHIN 314 is the requirement for the Chinese Teaching Endorsement instead of LANG 420.
- A passing score on the World Languages WEST-E test, and language proficiency assessed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages oral (OPI or OPIc) and written (WPT) tests at the Advanced-Low level are required by the state of Washington.
- Complete the professional preparation program in Secondary Education (Post-Baccalaureate Program or Master in Teaching Program in Woodring College of Education, Secondary Education Department)
West-E and ACTFL Tests
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Descriptors: It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the description, as well as view samples, of the Advanced-Low level of proficiency in speaking and writing of the language(s) you plan to teach.
The first-level Residency Teacher Certification is awarded to new teachers upon the completion of the general requirements:
- Successful completion of a world language undergraduate or high-level degree (see the five world languages curricula above in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish)
- Successful completion of content knowledge assessment (WEST-E) and content area speaking and writing tests (ACTFL OPI or OPIc and WPT at the Advanced-Low level of proficiency) (see the ACTFL descriptors above in speaking and writing for each respective language)
- Successful completion of either the Post-Baccalaureate Program or the Master in Teaching Program that includes the endorsement of a world language (consult Woodring College of Education, Secondary Education Department)
- Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness