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Admission Information: Alternative Routes to Certification

Applicants to the ARC program must hold a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in a state-recognized endorsement area, and meet all residency certification requirements. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-endorsement area, or who want to pursue an endorsement in a content area other than their bachelor's degree major area of study may need to take additional courses to meet the requirements in the desired endorsement area.

The ARC/MAT program at SPU recognizes the "alternative routes" to certification that have been identified by the Professional Educator Standards Board of Washington for individuals who possess a unique set of qualifications and wish to be certified to teach in a classroom.

Routes to Certification

To qualify for the ARC program at SPU, you must meet one of the following criteria:

Route 2*: Currently employed staff member (e.g., para-educator, instructional assistant, education aide) with a school district or private school; a minimum of one year of career-related experience; BA, BS, or higher from a regionally accredited college.

Route 3: Individuals not currently employed by a school district or private school; BA, BS, or higher from a regionally accredited college. This is an ideal pathway for people considering a career change.

Route 4: Teachers employed in a public school on a Conditional or Emergency Certificate or employed in a private school; BA, BS, or higher from a regionally accredited college.

*SPU’s ARC programs are approved for Routes 2, 3, and 4.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following items to the Graduate Center:

  • Application and $50 application processing fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
    • If your degree is not from a U.S. college or university, please arrange for your transcript to be evaluated by an accredited transcript evaluation company such as WES. Have the report forwarded directly to the Graduate Center.
  • Personal statement (1–2 pages)
  • Résumé
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores taken within five years of application
    • On the former GRE exam, preferred minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 950
    • On the revised GRE exam, preferred minimum scores of Verbal: 148 and Quantitative: 147
    • On the MAT, preferred minimum scaled score of 400*
  • Two to four letters of recommendation
  • Passing WEST-B scores including 240 on each subtest: reading, writing, and mathematics
    • Applicants may use a combination of SAT, ACT, and WEST-B scores to meet the WEST-B requirement (reading writing, mathematics). Please contact the Graduate Center if you have questions.
      • Minimum SAT scores required - Math: 515, Reading: 500, Writing: 490
      • Minimum ACT scores required - Math: 22, Reading: 22, Writing: 8
  • Passing State Endorsement Test
    • Those endorsing in designated world languages or bilingual education must also pass oral and writing proficiency tests (OPI and WPT) in their language area.
  • Endorsement verification form - contact Dr. Greg Gelderman for information about endorsements
  • Moral Character and Personal Fitness Policy form  (found in the online application)

*The GRE or MAT will be waived for students who achieved at least (a) a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or (b) a 3.0 in the last 45 quarter credits.

ARC applicants who meet all admission requirements, including an initial screening of their complete application file, will be interviewed. All correspondence regarding the interview process will be carried out by email using the address provided in the application. Please set your email filters accordingly.

Find information about this Program Overview, Program Outline, and Admission Requirements.