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

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If you hold a VALID CONTINUING ESA CERTIFICATE you have the following options:

If your CONTINUING certificate has LAPSED you have the following options: Reinstate a Continuing ESA Certificate, Substitute Certificate, Transitional Certificate.

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Maintain/Renew a Continuing Certificate


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, 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 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.  

New information regarding the paperless process to renew a continuing certificate. Read more.

For clock hour provider information click here.

For professional growth plan information and resources, please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board website.

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  Application

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 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.  

New information regarding the paperless process to renew a continuing certificate. Read more.

For clock hour provider information click here.

For professional growth plan information and resources, please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board website.

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  Application

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

Electronic Certification Application

OR

Download Certification Forms

 

 

 

Transitional Certificate


  • Only for holders of a lapsed continuing teacher certificate
  • Applications must be approved by a district which intends to employ the applicant on a conditional basis 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

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

Electronic Certification Application

 

 

 

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