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Administrator Certificate
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In-State Program Completer Applicants
Full and Limited certificates you may apply for if you are completing or have completed a state of Washington approved administrator preparation program.

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Out-of-State Applicants
Full and Limited certificates you may apply for if you have completed an out-of-state administrator preparation program.

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Already Washington Certified Administrators
Full and Limited certificates you may apply for if you have previously held or currently hold a Washington Administrator Certificate.


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Already Washington Certified Administrators

Review the application types below to find the application that's right for you based on your current status.

Certificates you may apply for if you have previously held or currently hold a Washington Administrator Certificate.

The application that needs to be completed will vary depending upon the current or most previous certificate held. This list also contains limited teaching certificates that must be initiated by a Washington State employer on behalf of the educator.

Reissue and Renewal Options

Residency Principal or Program Administrator - Select this if you currently hold a Residency Administrator Certificate and will be reissuing or renewing through the completion of clock hours, college credits or Professional Growth Plan (PGP).

Professional Principal or Program Administrator - Select this if you currently hold a Professional Administrator Certificate and will be renewing through the completion of clock hours, college credits or PGP.

Initial (Superintendent, Program Administrator or Principal) - Select this if you previously held or currently hold an Initial Administrator Certificate.

Continuing (Superintendent, Program Administrator or Principal) - Select this if you previously held or currently hold a Continuing Administrator Certificate and will be renewing through the completion of clock hours, college credits or PGP.

Standard/Continuing Administrator - Select this if you currently or previously held a Standard/Continuing Administrator Certificate.

Transitional (Superintendent, Program Administrator or Principal) - Select this if you hold a Continuing Administrator Certificate that has lapsed and do not currently meet requirements to reinstate your certificate.

Emergency Administrator (Principal Only)* - Select this if you are working with an employer and have completed your master’s degree, but have not yet completed your principal preparation program.


Upgrade and Conversion Options

Residency Principal and Program Administrator Upgrade to Professional - Select this if you qualify to upgrade your Residency Principal or Program Administrator Certificate to the second tier Professional Certificate.

Initial Upgrading to Continuing - Select this if you qualify to upgrade your Initial Superintendent, Principal or Program Administrator Certificate to the second tier Continuing Administrator Certificate.

Initial Conversion to Residency - Select this if you do not qualify to upgrade your Initial Principal or Program Administrator Certificate and must convert to a Residency Administrator Certificate.

* Limited certificate: If an educator is eligible to hold a full administrator certificate, then they would not qualify for any of the Limited certificates.

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