NOTE: We recommend that individuals who are not employed pursue renewal ONLY when they are ready to return to serving in the role in Washington to ensure the validity will allow time to complete requirements to obtain the professional ESA certificate.
WARNING: If an individual is unsuccessful in completing professional ESA certification requirements during the life of the renewal certificate, there are no further renewal options.
The residency ESA certificate may be renewed , in :
School counselors may apply for a two-year residency ESA renewal based on enrollment in a state-approved professional ESA certificate program. You must coordinate with the certification officer of the Washington college or university at which you are enrolled in a professional ESA certificate program. The certification officer must submit program enrollment status online in order for candidates to apply online for the renewal.
School counselors who intend to complete assessment for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) school counselor certification may renew the residency ESA school counselor certificate for two years
by submitting a complete application to the OSPI Certification Office with a
signed affidavit. Provided that residency ESA school counselor certificates
expiring on 6/30/2014 only, may be renewed once for three years due to recent
NBPTS process changes.
School psychologists in the process of obtaining Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certification from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) may apply for a one-time two-year renewal with verification of NCSP submission.
School psychologists with residency ESA certificates dated to expire June 30, 2013, 2014, or 2015 may apply until June 30, 2016, for a one-time two-year renewal.
Individuals who hold, or have held, a residency ESA school counselor or school psychologist certificate who are not employed in the role may have their certificate(s) renewed for five years with completion of 15 quarter/10 semester credits from a regionally-accredited institution or 150 approved clock hours. Either option must have been completed after issuance of the residency ESA certificate and must be directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC
181-78A-270 (5), (7), or (9).
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