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Limited Teaching Certificates


For those who do not qualify for a regular teaching certificate, there are several limited certificates available to meet the needs of employers.
NOTE: Individuals can only apply for these certificates if requested by a school district or private school employer.

 


Conditional Teacher Certificate

The conditional certificate gives a school district the flexibility to hire someone who has expertise in an area, usually when they cannot find a certificated teacher in a specific endorsement area. The certificate is subject to specific limitations and the teacher must take professional development coursework to enhance their teaching competencies. It is valid for up to 2 years.

Individuals who hold a Conditional Certificate can qualify for an alternative route leading to a regular Residency Teacher Certificate.

This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request.

NOTE: The applicant for a conditional teaching certificate in special education must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university. The conditional certificate is issued to a special education teacher upon the individual being enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program resulting in a residency teacher certificate endorsed in special education. The conditional certificate is valid for up to two years and may be reissued once for one year upon verification by the college/university that the individual is completing satisfactory progress in the residency teacher certificate program.

 


Emergency Teacher Certificate

The Emergency Certificate qualifies a teacher candidate for employment if the candidate has the appropriate degree and has substantially completed a teacher preparation program, but has not yet qualified for the Residency Certificate, and if the school cannot find a regularly certificated teacher. The Emergency Certificate enables the teacher to be assigned for up to one school year.

This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request.

 


Transitional Teaching Certificate

The Transitional Teaching Certificate enables a teacher whose continuing teacher certificate has lapsed to teach for 2 years while working on reinstatement of the continuing certificate.  It is valid for 2 calendar years only (24 months from issue) and can only be issued once in a teacher's career. Candidates must have a district's approval to request this certificate.

This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request.

 


Emergency Substitute Teacher Certificate

The Emergency Substitute Certificate enables someone who is not fully qualified for a regular teaching certificate to serve as a substitute teacher, provided the school has exhausted or will exhaust its list of qualified substitutes. It is valid for up to 3 years.

Individuals who hold an Emergency Substitute Certificate can qualify for an alternative route leading to a regular Residency Teacher Certificate.

This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request.

 


Intern Substitute Teacher Certificate

The Intern Substitute certificate enables a student teacher to substitute, in the classroom to which assigned for student teaching, in the absence of his/her supervising teacher. This certificate must be approved by both the school and the college, and is valid for up to one year.

This certificate is initiated by Washington State school districts and institutions. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request.

 

 

 

   Updated 3/3/2016

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