The Professional Certificate is the advanced level certificate.
It is normally awarded to holders of the Residency Certificate who complete the ProTeach Portfolio, but may sometimes be awarded to out-of-state
applicants in lieu of the Residency.
The candidate must have completed:
- a ProTeach Portfolio, or
- a program in another state whose advanced level certification program is comparable to that in Washington, as
determined by the Professional Educator Standards Board, AND verification of five years teaching experience in a P-12 setting, or
- a certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards (NBPTS) will satisfy
the program requirement for the
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.
Testing. Out-of-state applicants applying for the professional teacher certificate in lieu of the residency shall successfully complete all required testing.
* Teachers with valid National Board Certification or other equivalent
second tier educator certifications from other states (approved by PESB) are exempt from certain testing requirements. Please see teacher assessments for details.
- Out-of-state applicants must pass a basic skills test (WEST-B) within 12 months of receiving a temporary permit*. See teacher assessments.
- Out-of-state applicants must pass an endorsement content knowledge test (WEST-E/NES) within 12 months of receiving a temporary permit*. See teacher assessments.
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