Information for Certificated Teachers Seeking to Add an English Language Arts
teachers interested in completing an endorsement in English Language Arts,
at the University of Washington should follow these steps:
1. Begin the
process of adding an endorsement to a Washington teaching certificate by
programs available in Washington State.
2. If you have
decided that the UW Seattle College of Education's Teacher Education Program
is the right program for you, please consult their web site for Endorsement
Pathways for Certified Teachers.
3. If you have
questions about the process of adding an endorsement through the UW Seattle's
College of Education, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206/543.1754.
4. Complete a brief self-evaluation exercise.
5. If you have
determined that the University of Washington is the best place for you to
pursue your English or English/Language Arts endorsement, match
the UW's required endorsement course work
in English Language Arts against
your transcripts for course content and level;
Only after taking these preliminary steps should the teacher consult with
the UW English Department about course requirements, availability of courses,
best process for taking the courses required, and seeking admission to UW.
an evaluation of your endorsement course work, please follow these steps:
If you are
currently a UW student, you can see an undergraduate adviser
in English during normal academic advising hours for endorsement questions.
1. Gather copies
of from each college
or university you attended. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, though
we may, at some point in the process, ask you to provide official, sealed
transcripts for verification purposes.);
2. Gather catalog course descriptions for all courses that may meet endorsement
requirements (it is acceptable to submit descriptions from the institution's
general course catalog or website if more detailed information is not available);
3. If a course's title does not make its content clear (e.g., "Shakespeare's
Major Tragedies" is clear, whereas "Literature Seminar" is
not specific enough), please gather syllabi, lecture
schedules, or other detailed materialto assist advisers in evaluating the
specific content of English courses;
4. Compare the courses you've taken with the UW's required endorsement
coursework in English Language Arts.
5. Prepare a
cover letter that states your intent and provides us with contact information
you (e-mail, phone, mailing address);
6. Submit the materials above
to English Undergraduate Advising in
person, by e-mail, or by postal mail (sorry, we cannot accept FAX submissions):
Submit in person:
to A-2-B Padelford Hall. (Click
here to view Padelford Hall on a UW campus map.) Enter Padelford from the
southernmost front entrance, closest to Hall Health or the HUB. Go down two
floors below Floor One to the Plaza Level (PL in the elevator or stairwell)
and turn to your right for the entrance to A-2-B.
During the academic
quarter, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
During quarter breaks, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am
Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Submit by e-mail:
Send your materials in PDF format (please, no imaging or
html files, as they can be difficult for us to read and print) to email@example.com.
Submit by mail:
Department of English
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4330
If you would
like your materials mailed back to you, please enclose a self-addressed,
An English Department
adviser will contact you within two weeks of the receipt of your materials
to discuss options with you.