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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:

Purpose - The purpose of the conditional certificate is to assist local school districts, approved private schools, and educational service districts in meeting the state's educational goals by giving them flexibility in hiring decisions based on shortages or the opportunity to secure the services of unusually talented individuals. The professional educator standards board encourages in all cases the hiring of fully certificated individuals and understands that districts will employ individuals with conditional certificates only after careful review of all other options. The professional educator standards board asks districts when reviewing such individuals for employment to consider, in particular, previous experience the individual has had working with children.

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

  • The applicant meets below requirements for application for the requested role.
  • The individual is being certificated for a limited assignment and responsibility in a specified activity/field.
  • The applicant is highly qualified and experienced in the subject matter to be taught and has unusual distinction or exceptional talent which is able to be demonstrated through public records of accomplishments and/or awards, or no person with regular certification in the role is available as verified by the district or educational service district superintendent or approved private school administrator, or circumstances warrant consideration of issuance of a conditional certificate.
  • 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.

Requirements per Role:

  • School Nurse:
    • Degree - The candidate possesses a state of Washington license as a registered nurse but does NOT hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing.
    • Renewal – A conditional certificate for the role of school nurse 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 - The candidate has completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
    • Degree – The candidate has completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
    • Renewal – A conditional certificate for the role of school speech-language pathologist or audiologist 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, School Social Workers, and School Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists 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:

Conditions:

  • A qualified person who holds regular certification for the requested role is not available, or the position is essential and circumstances warrant consideration of issuance of an emergency certificate.

Requirements - Candidates shall meet ALL of the following:

  • The candidate shall hold a bachelor's degree.
  • The candidate must be enrolled in 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). Provided, a candidate for emergency certification as a school psychologist shall have completed all required course work for the master's degree, shall be enrolled in and have substantially completed a state-approved school psychologist preparation program and be participating in the required internship (download form). Provided further, that a candidate for emergency certification as a school speech-language pathologist or audiologist shall be enrolled in a master’s degree program resulting in issuance of an initial ESA certificate in accordance with Washington requirements for certification, and may be renewed one time if the candidate has substantially completed the required master’s degree program (download form).


  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

 

 

 

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