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 maintain and renew their residency certificate indefinitely.
- Completion of 100 state approved clock hours or equivalent academic credit (through an accredited college/university).
- Completion of coursework in issues of abuse. 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.
- Application and fee submitted through E-Certification.
- Each additional renewal can be issued for 5 years based on completion of 100 state approved clock hours or equivalent academic credit earned since the issuance of the
most recent residency teacher renewal certificate.
- Application and fee submitted through the E-Certification system.
*** The 5 year renewal option is available to holders of a 2 year renewal certificate.
**** The STEM renewal requirement will apply to residency certificate holders endorsed in a STEM related area beginning 09/01/2019.
Individuals can obtain a renewal of the residency certificate to meet
requirements for and obtain the professional teacher (advanced-level)
- Attest intention 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 2 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 2 year residency renewal.
- Individuals who were unemployed or employed less than full-time as a teacher during the first
2 year renewal may apply for a final, second 2 year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certification assessment.
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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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