For Those Who Hold A Residency Teacher Certificate
The residency certificate enables the holder to teach in endorsed subject areas. If you DO NOT KNOW what kind of Washington certificate you hold, send an email with your full name (name used at the time of certification), date of birth,
and certificate number (if known) to Professional Certification.
If you a VALID RESIDENCY CERTIFICATE you have the following options:
Reissuance of a Residency Teacher Certificate
Certification requirements are subject to change. The certificated professional is responsible for being knowledgeable about current and revised regulations. It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to obtain and maintain valid appropriate Washington certification to practice in this state.
The residency teacher certificate may be reissued to teachers who:
Individuals meet requirements if they have completed a total of one and one-half full-time equivalent (1.5 FTE) years of experience and are currently serving in any P-12 teaching role.
Individuals employed in a Washington school district will have the validity
calculated based on the experience information submitted by the school district
on their annual personnel report (S275 report) to OSPI. Individuals employed by
a Washington school district must have their residency certificate reissued with
a defined expiration date.
Individuals employed in nonpublic school settings may participate in completing
professional teacher certificate requirements and have their certificate
reissued with a defined expiration date. It is up to the individual or their
employer to determine if they wish to have their certificate reissued with a
defined expiration date.
- When a certificate is reissued, it will be valid for five years.
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Renewal of a Residency Teaching Certificate
Individuals may choose to renew their residency certificate indefinitely.
Application and fee submitted through E-Certification.
- 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.
(This requirement does not need to be repeated if you previously completed
an appropriate course or course work. It is required for the first five-year
renewal, but if evidence of this requirement is not on file for subsequent
renewals, you may be asked to provide additional information.)
- Continuing Education Credit Hours:
- First-Time Five-Year Renewal – One hundred clock hours or equivalent
college credit, directly related to the current performance-based
standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(1), or four annual professional
growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed within the
previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application.
- Renewing a Valid Five-Year Renewal (Subsequent Renewals) – One
hundred clock hours or equivalent college credit, directly related to
the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC
181-78A-270(1), or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as
defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed since the issue date of the most
recent five-year renewal certificate. Note: Application for subsequent
renewals shall not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the
expiration date of the current renewal.
- Renewing an Expired Five-Year Renewal - One hundred clock hours or
equivalent college credit, directly related to the current
performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(1), or four
annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030,
completed within the previous five years from the date of the five-year
renewal application. Note: Documentation of completed clock hours, college credits, and/or PGPs is required when renewing an expired five-year residency renewal certificate.
Note - The professional growth plans (PGPs) must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and “career level” benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-270. Individuals may apply their focused evaluation professional growth activities of the evaluation system toward the professional growth plan for certificate renewal. For educators holding multiple certificates, a PGP for teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate shall meet the requirement for all certificates held by an individual. Additionally, individuals completing fewer than four annual PGPs must complete necessary continuing education credits to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
Clock Hour Equivalents: 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours; 1 semester credit = 15 clock hours; 1 PGP until 6-30-18 = 30 clock hours; 1 PGP as of 7-1-18 = 25 clock hours.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) renewal requirement will apply to residency certificate holders endorsed in a STEM-related area beginning 09/01/2019.
Template - Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal
- Attest intent to register to complete the ProTeach external and uniform assessment on www.waproteach.org or the National
Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Assessment. (Registration
requires individuals to hold or have held a residency certificate and have at
least 1.5 FTE of accumulated experience reported by a Washington school district
or documented by a private school). Renewal is valid for two years. Individuals
who are already registered for the ProTeach external and uniform assessment or
in the NBPTS process are eligible for renewal.
- Individuals who hold a two-year residency renewal who submit and fail the ProTeach online assessment or NBPTS assessment before the expiration date of the
first renewal are eligible for an additional two-year residency renewal.
- Individuals who were unemployed or employed less than full-time as a teacher during the first
two-year renewal may apply for a second, final two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office
attesting they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certification assessment
during the validity of the second, final two-year renewal certificate.
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* Professional Certificates issued on the basis of holding a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate will have a validity of five years or the validity of the NBPTS certificate, whichever is greater.
One of the following three options:
- Complete the Professional Certificate Assessment (ProTeach)
- Hold a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (see information on NBPTS);
- a program in another state whose advanced level certification program is comparable to that in Washington, as
determined by the Professional Educator Standards Board,
- The Issues of Abuse course 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.
If you have completed the Professional Certificate Assessment (ProTeach Portfolio) and need the form to earn clock hours.
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