Superintendent Continuing Administrator Certificate
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How do I BECOME CERTIFIED in Washington? (basic requirements)

Qualified applicants for an administrator certificate can anticipate two levels of certification during their career, in these roles: Principal, Program Administrator, and Superintendent. They can also apply for a substitute administrator certificate.

Principal and Program Administrator

Superintendent (only)


Superintendent Continuing Administrator Certificate
(valid for five-year periods)


The Continuing Administrator Certificate is the advanced level superintendent's certificate.

The candidate must have:

  • Completed all requirements for the Initial Superintendent's Certificate
  • A master's degree, plus 60 quarter hours (40 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in education completed after the baccalauareate degree
    OR a doctorate in education.

Experience Requirement:

  • 180 days of service as a superintendent, deputy superintendent or assistant superintendent, 30 days of which must have been in the same school district.

Issues of Abuse coursework.


Includes details on the documents needed and process to obtain certification.

Electronic Certification Application




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