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.
- Writing, Simplified Characters
- Writing, Traditional Characters
- Speaking, Simplified Characters
- Speaking, Traditional Characters
First-level Residency Teacher Certification
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.
- Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness
Advice to Interested Students
It is recommended that students interested in the World Languages Teaching Endorsement explore the Compass 2 Campus program. The mission of the program is to serve and mentor 5th-12th grade students in Whatcom and Skagit counties.