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Teachers Administrators ESA CTE

Educational Staff Associate


ALREADY CERTIFIED in Washington?

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


To apply for an Additional 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 hold 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.
  • Certificate - Must hold or have held an initial ESA certificate for the role in Washington.

School Physical Therapist

  • Degree/Program - Must hold 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.
  • Certificate - Must hold or have held an initial ESA certificate for the role in Washington.

School Nurse

  • Degree/Program - Must hold 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.
  • Certificate - Must hold or have held an initial ESA certificate for the role in Washington.

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).
  • Certificate - Must hold or have held an initial ESA certificate for the role in Washington.
  • 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.)

School Social Worker

  • Degree - Must hold a master’s degree in social work from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Certificate - Must hold or have held an initial or residency ESA certificate for the role in Washington.


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   Updated 10/27/2016

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