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Teacher Certification

What types of Certificates are available? (basic requirements)

  • Residency Certificate - this is the first level regular certificate that the majority of applicants receive
  • Nonimmigrant Exchange Teacher Certificate - this is the regular certificate for visiting teachers coming to teach on J-1 visas through OSPI's International Education Exchange and Visiting Teacher programs
  • Professional Certificate - this is the advanced level regular certificate. Most applicants receive this certificate after holding a residency certificate and working as an educator in Washington
  • Substitute Certificate - valid for life
  • Limited Teaching Certificates - these certificates are for employers who cannot find enough teachers with regular certificates and wish to hire an applicant that does not meet requirements for a regular certificate
  • Foreign Trained - What if I was Educated in Another Country?  If you are from another country, you may have your college transcript evaluated to determine US-equivalency.  With the equivalent of a bachelor's degree and completion of a teacher preparation program, you should qualify for a Residency Certificate.
  • Student Teaching in Washington – What if I am in a teacher preparation program and I am going to student teach in Washington?

Questions?

Transcript Evaluation Services

After a review of foreign evaluation services, state practices of foreign evaluation, transcript and class translations, the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has decided to amend the evaluation services approved by the certification office of OSPI. As of September 11, 2008, OSPI will accept translation services from members of the National Association of Credential evaluation Services (NACES). (Excluding Canada) For information regarding NACES, membership criteria, and NACES’ guiding principles of good practice for educational credential evaluation please visit http://www.naces.org

Informational brochure:

Once transcript is evaluated please continue with teacher certification requirements. 

Requirements
Washington issues the Residency Teacher Certificate to most first-time applicants for a regular teaching certificate.

The candidate must have:

The first certificate issued is the Residency Certificate (First Issue), which is valid until the holder has completed two years of successful teaching in a public school or approved private school in Washington. This certificate may then be reissued with a five year expiration date.

 


  Application

Includes details on the documents needed and process to obtain certification.

Electronic Certification Application
benefits of applying online

OR

Download Certification Forms

 

 

 

 

 

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