Teaching Endorsement: Elementary Education

Western Washington University offers teacher certification in Elementary Education with a world language endorsement in the following languages:


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 proficiency levels in speaking and writing of the language you plan to teach. ACTFL speaking and writing Tests





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 higher-level degree (see the three world languages curricula above in French, German, and Spanish)

  • Successful completion of all Woodring coursework and trainings that includes the endorsement of a world language.

  • Passing scores as set by the State of Washington on the content knowledge test(s) for each endorsement.

  • Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness