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To apply for Conditional ESA Certificate

Requirements

For School Nurses and School Speech Language Pathologists or Audiologists only:

The purpose of the emergency certificate is not for expedited processing (please see school district rush request). It is intended for those completing requirements for regular certification.

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:

Conditions:

  • School Nurse - The candidate possesses a state of Washington license as a registered nurse but does NOT hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing.
  • Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist - The candidate has completed a baccalaureate degree in speech pathology or audiology.

Screening: The ESD or local school district superintendent or approved private school administrator must verify the following criteria have been met:

  • The applicant meets one of the above conditions for application.
  • The individual is being certificated for a limited assignment and responsibility in a specified activity/field.
  • The district or ESD superintendent or private school administrator indicates the basis on which he/she has determined that the individual is competent for the assignment.

Renewal:

  • School Nurse certificate may be reissued for two years on submission of a new application and evidence that requirements continue to be met, and upon completion of 60 clock hours (six quarter or four semester hours) or course work since the issuance of the most recent certificate, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the participant's professional growth and enhance the participant's instructional knowledge or skills.
  • School Speech Language pathologist or audiologist certificate may be reissued once for two years if enrolled in and completing satisfactory progress in a master's degree program which will lead to initial ESA certification (download form), and upon completion of 60 clock hours (six quarter or four semester hours) or course work since the issuance of the most recent certificate, as verified by the employer. The course work must be designed to support the participant's professional growth and enhance the participant's instructional knowledge or skills.


  Application

This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request. Please note: Any applicable form(s) and official transcripts must be uploaded at time of application or mailed separately to OSPI Professional Certification (address at bottom of webpage).

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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.

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:

Requirements - Candidates shall meet ALL of the following:

  • The candidate shall have completed all required course work for the appropriate master's degree for the role with the exception of the internship.
  • The candidate must have substantially completed a state-approved ESA preparation program for the role (school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker), but not yet qualify for the Residency ESA Certificate (download form).
  • 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 shall be enrolled in an approved school psychologist preparation program and is participating in the required internship.


  Application

This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request. Please note: Any applicable form(s) and official transcripts must be uploaded at time of application or mailed separately to OSPI Professional Certification (address at bottom of webpage).

Electronic Certification Application

 

 

 

   Updated 9/22/2016

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