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What types of Certificates are available? (basic requirements)

  • Residency Certificate - this is the first level regular certificate that the majority of applicants receive
  • 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?

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Professional Certification

* Professional certificates earned by holding the NBPTS certificate are valid for at least five years, up to the expiration date of the NBPTS certificate.

Requirements

The Professional Certificate is the advanced level certificate.  It is normally awarded to holders of the Residency Certificate who complete the new ProTeach Portfolio, but may sometimes be awarded to out-of-state applicants in lieu of the Residency.

The candidate must have completed:

Issues of Abuse. The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of a teacher to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

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  Application

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

Electronic Certification Application
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Download Certification Forms

 

 

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