Certification - Maintain/Renew the Continuing ESA Certificate
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Teachers Administrators ESA CTE

Educational Staff Associate


Maintain/Renew a Continuing Certificate

Requirements

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. For ESA certification and license hours.
or
In lieu of the above clock hours, present a copy of a valid certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
or
In lieu of the above clock hours, present a copy of a valid certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (school psychologist only).
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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:

You no longer need to send in your original certificate with your renewal.  

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   Electronic Certification Application

 

 

 


To Reinstate a Continuing Certificate

Requirements

To reinstate a continuing certificate which has lapsed, 150 approved clock hours of continuing education study and/or equivalent academic credit must be completed within the five years prior to the date of application* for reinstatement.
or
In lieu of the above clock hours, present a copy of a valid certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
or
In lieu of the above clock hours, present a copy of a valid National Certified School Psychologist certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (continuing ESA school psychologist certificate only).
or
In lieu of the above clock hours, individuals may choose to reinstate a continuing certificate via annual professional growth plans (PGPs). Completion of four annual PGPs during the previous five-year period meets the requirement for reinstatement. 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:

You no longer need to send in your original certificate with your renewal.  

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  Application

Electronic Certification Application

 


 

Transitional Certificate


  • Must have held a continuing certificate for the role which is expired.
  • Applications must be approved by a district intending to employ the applicant while working on reinstatement requirements.
  • The transitional certificate cannot be renewed or reissued. Only one transitional certificate (per role) may be issued to an administrator, educator, or educational staff associate.

--PLUS--School counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses only:

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  Application

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

Electronic Certification Application

 

 

   Updated 9/20/2016

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