Add a teaching endorsement that’s right for U!

2024-2025 ESD-U Applications Closed. PEP Applications due June 30, 2024.

“Retooling” candidates currently hold a Washington state teaching certificate, are employed as an educator in a Washington school district, and are seeking an additional endorsement. ESD-U offers retooling endorsements in:

  • Special Education

    The Special Education endorsement gives candidates an overview of the various models, theories, philosophies, and regulations that shape special education. It also readies candidates to support students with disabilities and those requiring extra assistance from Pre-K through 12th grade.

  • English Language Learners

    The English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement equips candidates with tools from applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and literacy development to support students learning English from Pre-K through 12th grade. By getting ready as a teacher, you’ll be able to set up your classroom to meet the needs of all students for effective learning.

  • Elementary Education

    The Elementary Education endorsement equips candidates to teach a diverse range of subjects to students in grades K-8, while also providing a deep understanding of the cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, creative, and physical development that children undergo during these critical years.

  • Reading

    The Reading endorsement prepares candidates to apply evidence-based literacy research into instructional practices to improve student literacy in Pre-K through 12th grade. It’s a great fit for any teacher aiming to enhance literacy in their classrooms and support all learners, including those with dyslexia or who are learning English as a second language, to become better readers.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Washington state teaching certificate
  • Connection to a school, district or learning institution


Retooling applicants must have a current Washington State teaching certificate. Certificates will be verified by program staff using the OSPI E-Certification database. Priority is given to certified teachers employed in partnering districts.

2024-2025 ESD-U Applications Closed

If you missed applying for the 2024-2025 ESD-U cohort, complete the Interest Survey to be notified when the 2025-2026 applications are open.

ESD-U Endorsements & Retooling