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Conditional ESA

This application is available for school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school nurse and school speech-language pathologist or audiologist applicants who are working with an employer wanting to hire them based on their experience and expertise in a particular educational staff associate (ESA) area. The Conditional ESA Certificate is valid for two years or less.

This limited certificate is not available for full certificate holders.

This certificate must be initiated by an employer in Washington through the submission of a district request. Once the district request has been submitted, log into your E-Certification account to submit the application.


Requirements

For the School Counselor Applicant

  • The candidate shall hold a bachelor's degree. Must submit official transcripts verifying degree
  • The candidate must be enrolled in a state-approved school counselor preparation program, but not yet qualify for the Residency ESA Certificate (Form 4026E-1)
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

Reissue - A Conditional ESA Certificate for the role of school counselor may be reissued upon verification of continued enrollment in a state-approved school counselor preparation program (Form 4026E-1) and completion of 50 clock hours or equivalent course work since the issuance of the most recent Conditional ESA Certificate for the role, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the individual's knowledge or skills to better assist students in meeting state learning goals.

For the School Psychologist Applicant

  • The candidate shall hold a bachelor's degree. Must submit official transcripts verifying degree
  • The candidate shall have completed all required course work for a master's or education specialist degree in psychology/school psychology
  • The candidate shall be enrolled in and have substantially completed a state-approved school psychologist preparation program (Form 4026E-1)
  • The candidate shall be participating in the required internship
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

Reissue - A Conditional ESA Certificate for the role of school psychologist may be reissued upon verification the candidate continues to meet all conditions for the first issuance of the certificate (Form 4026E-1) and completion of 50 clock hours or equivalent course work since the issuance of the most recent Conditional ESA Certificate for the role, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the individual's knowledge or skills to better assist students in meeting state learning goals.

For the School Social Worker Applicant

  • The candidate shall hold a bachelor's degree. Must submit official transcripts verifying degree
  • The candidate shall be enrolled in a master's degree program for social work or social welfare (Form 4025E-1)
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

Reissue – A Conditional ESA Certificate for the role of school social worker may be reissued upon verification of continued enrollment in a master's degree program for social work or social welfare (Form 4025E-1) and completion of 50 clock hours or equivalent course work since the issuance of the most recent Conditional ESA Certificate for the role, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the individual's knowledge or skills to better assist students in meeting state learning goals.

For the School Nurse Applicant

  • The candidate must possess a state of Washington Registered Nurse License but does NOT yet hold a bachelor's degree or higher in nursing
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

Reissue – A Conditional Certificate for the role of school nurse may be reissued for two years or less upon submission of a new application and evidence that requirements continue to be met, and completion of 50 clock hours or equivalent of course work since the issuance of the most recent Conditional ESA Certificate for the role, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the individual's knowledge or skills to better assist students in meeting state learning goals.

For the School Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist Applicant

  • The candidate must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Must submit official transcripts verifying degree
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

First Reissue – A Conditional ESA Certificate for the role of school speech-language pathologist or audiologist may be reissued if the candidate is enrolled in a master's degree program leading to an Initial ESA Certificate for the role (Form 4025E-1) and upon completion of 50 clock hours or equivalent course work since the issuance of the most recent Conditional ESA Certificate for the role, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the individual's knowledge or skills to better assist students in meeting state learning goals.

Second Reissue – A Conditional ESA Certificate for the role of school speech-language pathologist or audiologist may be reissued a second and final time upon verification by the degree provider that the individual is completing satisfactory progress in a master's degree program resulting in issuance of an Initial ESA Certificate for the role of school speech-language pathologist or audiologist (Form 4025E-1), and upon completion of 50 clock hours or equivalent course work since the issuance of the most recent Conditional ESA Certificate for the role, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the individual's knowledge or skills to better assist students in meeting state learning goals.


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This application must be initiated by your sponsoring school district.

If you have all necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, login to: E-Certification

*IMPORTANT: Please note that application fees are NOT refundable. Ensure that you select and submit the correct application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact our office.

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