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Teachers Administrators ESA CTE

Educational Staff Associate

To apply for a Professional ESA Certificate
(for School Counselor and School Psychologist) (valid for five 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 professional educational staff associate (ESA) certificate in the following two roles. Role-specific requirements are listed below. The professional ESA is the second-tier certificate in Washington. If you do/have not already hold/held an ESA certificate for the role in Washington, you may need to provide additional documentation showing you meet requirements for a residency ESA certificate for the role.

SCHOOL COUNSELOR

  • NBPTS - Hold a school counselor certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards* (NBPTS).
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • APPROVED SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING - Effective July 1, 2015, the candidate shall attest to the completion of a Professional Educator Standards Board approved suicide prevention training within the previous five years. The training program must be at least three hours in length. (RCW 28A.410.226)

* Professional ESA school counselor certificates issued on the basis of holding a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) school counselor certificate will have a validity of five years or the validity of the NBPTS certificate, whichever is greater.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

  • NCSP - Hold a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • APPROVED SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING - Effective July 1, 2015, the candidate shall attest to the completion of a Professional Educator Standards Board approved suicide prevention training within the previous five years. The training program must be at least three hours in length. (RCW 28A.410.226)


  Application

  School Counselor

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  School Psychologist

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   Updated 6/13/2017

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