To maintain the validity of the continuing certificate, 150 approved clock hours of continuing education study and/or equivalent academic credit must be completed every five years
or in lieu of the above clock hours, individuals may choose to renew a continuing certificate via annual professional growth plans (PGPs) developed since the certificate was issued. Completion of four annual PGPs during each five-year period between subsequent lapse dates meets the requirement for renewal. Individuals completing fewer than four annual PGPs must complete the necessary continuing education credit hours needed to be the equivalent of one hundred fifty hours to meet renewal requirements. The PGPs must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in
WAC 181-79A-207 for teachers,
WAC 181-78A-540(1) for administrators, or
WAC 181-78A-540(2) for educational staff associates. For educators holding multiple certificates in chapter
181-85 WAC or
WAC 181-79A-251, a professional growth plan for teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate shall meet the requirement for all continuing certificates held by an individual. Each completed annual PGP shall receive the equivalent of thirty continuing education credit hours.
PLUS--School counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses only:
*For example, if the certificate lapsed on June 30, 2007 and the applicant doesn't apply for reinstatement until August 1, 2008, clock hours taken during July of 2003 may not be used for reinstatement purposes. For clock hour provider information
You no longer need to send in your original certificate with your renewal.
New information regarding the paperless process to reinstate a continuing certificate.
For clock hour provider information click here.
For professional growth plan information and resources, please visit the
Professional Educator Standards Board.
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Includes details on the documents needed and process to obtain certification.