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Teachers Administrators ESA CTE

Educational Staff Associate

To apply for Initial ESA Certificate
(Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist, Social Worker)
(valid for seven years)

Requirements

Fingerprint/Background check requirement:
Any applicant who does not have a valid Washington educator certificate at time of application must complete the fingerprint and background check requirement. Supporting documentation:

Washington issues the initial ESA certificate to the following roles. Role-specific requirements are listed below.

School Occupational Therapist
If you were previously certified, you may not need to repeat certain requirements such as the 30-hour course. Please contact our office for further clarification.

  • Degree - Must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree program in occupational therapy from an American Occupational Therapy Association-approved program
  • License - Must hold a valid Washington State license as an occupational therapist.
  • Plus ONE of the following:
    • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within one year after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hour) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include the following course outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of school and special education law; Understand and demonstrate knowledge of working within the following course outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of school and special education law; Understand and demonstrate knowledge of working within the culture of the schools, creating an environment that fosters safety, health, and learning for the students; Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate resources in the school setting; Demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with team members which may include parents, teachers, administrators, and others to support learning outcomes for all students; Demonstrate knowledge of how to support the outcomes for all students through strategies such as scientifically based practices, collaborative teaming, and ethical decision making; Use national, state, and local policies, as well as professional standards, to support decision making in educational settings and to inform professional growth planning; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of human, community, and technological resources. Provided, that an individual who meets all other requirements, but who has not completed the required course work shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one hundred eighty calendar days which will allow the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall verify to OSPI the completion of the required course work during the one year period.
      or
      Candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role of school occupational therapist (download forms);
      or
      3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required (download forms).

School Physical Therapist

  • Degree - Must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree program in physical therapy from an American Physical Therapy Association-approved program
  • License - Must hold a valid Washington State license as a physical therapist.
  • Plus ONE of the following:
    • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within one year after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hour) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include the following course outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of school and special education law; Understand and demonstrate knowledge of working within the culture of the schools, creating an environment that fosters safety, health, and learning for the students; Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate resources in the school setting; Demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with team members which may include parents, teachers, administrators, and others to support learning outcomes for all students; Demonstrate knowledge of how to support the outcomes for all students through strategies such as scientifically based practices, collaborative teaming, and ethical decision making; Use national, state, and local policies, as well as professional standards, to support decision making in educational settings and to inform professional growth planning; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of human, community, and technological resources. Provided, that an individual who meets all other requirements, but who has not completed the required course work shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one hundred eighty calendar days which will allow the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall verify to OSPI the completion of the required course work during the one year period.
      or
      Candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role of school physical therapist (download forms);
      or
      3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required (download forms).

School Nurse

  • Degree - Must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing from a program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • License - Must hold a valid Washington State license as a registered nurse.
  • Plus ONE of the following:
    • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within one year after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hour) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include  the culture of the schools, creating an environment that fosters safety, health, and learning for the students; Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate resources in the school setting; Demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with team members which may include parents, teachers, administrators, and others to support learning outcomes for all students; Demonstrate knowledge of how to support the outcomes for all students through strategies such as scientifically based practices, collaborative teaming, and ethical decision making; Use national, state, and local policies, as well as professional standards, to support decision making in educational settings and to inform professional growth planning; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of human, community, and technological resources. Provided, that an individual who meets all other requirements, but who has not completed the required course work shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one hundred eighty calendar days which will allow the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall verify to OSPI the completion of the required course work during the one year period.
      or
      Candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role as a school nurse (download forms);
      or
      3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required (download forms).

School Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist

  • Degree - Must have completed all course work (except special project or thesis) for a master's degree with a major in speech pathology or audiology. The course work must be from a college or university program accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Exam - Must have successfully completed a written comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree. This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of an accredited institution of higher education or the candidate may present verification of a passing score on the Praxis II speech-language pathology examination, test code 5331, or Praxis II audiologist examination, test code 5342, both administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification. The minimum passing scores are 162 for SLP, test code 5331, and 170 for audiologist, test code 5342. (Previous test codes for the SLP exam were 0330 and 5330, with a passing score of 600. Previous test codes for the audiologist exam were 0342 and 0340, with a passing score of 170.)
  • Plus ONE of the following:
    • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within one year after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hour) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include the following course outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of school and special education law; Understand and demonstrate knowledge of working within the culture of the schools, creating an environment that fosters safety, health, and learning for the students; Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate resources in the school setting; Demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with team members which may include parents, teachers, administrators, and others to support learning outcomes for all students; Demonstrate knowledge of how to support the outcomes for all students through strategies such as scientifically based practices, collaborative teaming, and ethical decision making; Use national, state, and local policies, as well as professional standards, to support decision making in educational settings and to inform professional growth planning; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of human, community, and technological resources. Provided, that an individual who meets all other requirements, but who has not completed the required course work shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one hundred eighty calendar days which will allow the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall verify to OSPI the completion of the required course work during the one year period.
      or
      Candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role of school speech language pathologist or audiologist  (download forms);
      or
      3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required (download forms).

School Social Worker

  • Degree - Must hold an MSW from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Plus ONE of the following:
    • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within one year after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hour) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board in which candidates will:
      Demonstrate an understanding of school and special education law;
      Understand and demonstrate knowledge of working within the culture of the schools, creating an environment that fosters safety, health, and learning for the students;
      Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate resources in the school setting;
      Demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with team members which may include parents, teachers, administrators, and others to support learning outcomes for all students;
      Demonstrate knowledge of how to support the outcomes for all students through strategies such as scientifically based practices, collaborative teaming, and ethical decision making;
      Use national, state, and local policies, as well as professional standards, to support decision making in educational settings and inform professional growth planning;
      Demonstrate an understanding of the use of human, community, and technological resources. Provided, That an individual who meets all other requirements but who has not completed the required course work shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one hundred eighty calendar days which will allow the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall verify to OSPI the completion of the required course work during the one year period;
      or
      Program - Candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of successful completion of another state’s approved certification program in the role of school social worker (download forms);
      or
      Experience - 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification, if certification was required (download forms).



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