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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.

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To apply for an Initial ESA Certificate

Requirements

Requirements for the Initial ESA Certificate depend on the role. (If you previously or currently hold an Initial ESA Certificate and are applying for another Initial, you do not need to complete the ESA course again. More information is available in the application.)

School Occupational Therapist

  • Degree/Program - 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.
  • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days 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 hundred eighty-day 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;
    or
    3 years of experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required.

School Physical Therapist

  • Degree/Program - 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.
  • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days 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 hundred eighty-day 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;
    or
    3 years of experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required.

School Nurse

  • Degree/Program - 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 of Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • License - Must hold a valid Washington State license as a registered nurse.
  • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days 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 hundred eighty-day 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;
    or
    3 years of experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required.

School Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist

  • Degree/Program - 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).
  • Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days 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 hundred eighty-day 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;
    or
    3 years of experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required.
  • 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 a regionally 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 20330, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification.

School Social Worker

  • Degree - Must hold an MSW from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning.
  • ONE of the following:
    Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days 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 hundred eighty-day 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;
    or
    Experience - 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification, if certification was required.

For details on the documents needed and process to obtain this certificate, please see the application.


  Application

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

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