Professional Certification for Administrators Am I Serving in the Role?
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Professional Certification for Administrators

Am I Serving in the Role?

ProCert is designed as a performance and evidence based process. Therefore, administrators should be engaged in an appropriate administrative role in order to effectively demonstrate their practice is at the professional level. 

A residency certificate is valid for 5 years from when the principal and/or program administrator completes two years of service in the role. Please use the following chart to determine if your position constitutes "serving in the role" for purpose of enrollment in ProCert.

Please note: if you are not "serving in the role" by the following definitions and therefore still have an undated residency certificate, you may be able to still apply for enrollment into a ProCert program if you and the program feel you can demonstrate the standards.

Should I participate in ProCert?
Administrators serving in private schools have the option of enrolling in an Administrator ProCert Program, but they are not required to enroll.

Principals

If you:

  • Hold a Washington State Residency Principal Certificate AND
  • This position is reported to OSPI as either full-time or part-time as “principal” or “assistant principal" (Reported on S-275 as duty code 21, 22, 23, or 24) AND
  • Successfully completed two years in this position in the same district and contracted for a third with this district.

THEN do ProCert

OR

If you:

  • Hold a Washington State Residency Principal Certificate AND
  • This position is not attached to the teacher bargaining unit AND
  • This position evaluates or has the authority to evaluate staff AND
  • Successfully completed two years in this position in the same district and contracted for a third year with this district.

THEN do ProCert


Program Administrator

If you:

  • Hold a Washington State Residency Program Administrator Certificate AND
  • This position is not attached to the teacher bargaining unit AND
  • Your position reported to OSPI as either full-time or part-time as “other district administrator? (Reported on S-275 as duty code 13x) AND
  • Successfully completed two years in this position in the same district and contracted for a third year with this district.

THEN do ProCert

   

As of January 2010, administrators holding a residency principal certificate but working as a program administrator may choose to enroll in a ProCert program to earn a professional program administrator certificate. Should the administrator later qualify for a principal ProCert program, the "second" ProCert program will be shortened to two requirements: successful completion of the Product 1 narrative and a panel presentation on Standard 2 at the met or exemplary levels. These two requirements are in place for all administrators who hold a professional administrator certificate in one role who later complete a ProCert program for the second administrative role.

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   Updated 3/3/2016

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