Certification - To apply for Conversion from an Initial ESA to a Residency ESA Certificate
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Teachers Administrators ESA CTE

Educational Staff Associate

ALREADY CERTIFIED in Washington?

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

If your INITIAL certificate has EXPIRED you have the following options.

Questions?

To apply for Conversion from an
Initial ESA to a Residency ESA Certificate

(School Counselor, Psychologist ONLY)

Requirements

Process:

  • Submit the electronic application using the new E-Certification system, and mail official transcripts verifying the appropriate degree to the OSPI Certification office at PO Box 47200, Olympia WA 98504-7200.
  • If the applicant does not have a valid Washington State educational certificate, they must also complete the background questionnaire of the online application and complete the fingerprinting process.


  Application

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

Electronic Certification Application

 


To apply for an Emergency ESA Certificate

Requirements

For School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers only:
The Emergency Certificate enables the ESA to be assigned to the specific ESA role for up to one year.

Requirements:

  • The candidate has completed all course work for a master's degree with the exception of the internship.
  • The candidate must have substantially completed an ESA preparation program as a school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker, but has not yet qualified for the Residency ESA Certificate.
  • The school cannot find anyone with a regular ESA certificate for the role.

Conditions:

  • A qualified person who holds regular certification is not available or that the position is essential and circumstances warrant consideration of issuance of an emergency certificate.
  • A candidate for emergency certification as a school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker is the best qualified of the candidates for the position as verified by the employing school district and has completed all course work for the required master's degree with the exception of the internship.
  • A candidate for emergency certification as a school psychologist is enrolled in an approved school psychologist preparation program and is participating in the required internship.


  Application

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

Electronic Certification Application

 

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