Washington issues the Residency Teacher Certificate to
most first-time and out-of-state applicants for a regular teaching certificate.
The candidate must have:
- Earned a bachelor's or higher degree from any accredited college/university.
Completed any state's approved teacher preparation program.
This would be either an approved program through an accredited
college or university, or an approved alternative-route program. (Form
4020E Verification of Program completion and Character or Form 4020E-1
Verification of Alternative Certification Program Pathway Completion and
If you have not completed a state approved program, individuals
may verify at least 3 years of K-12 teaching experience outside Washington
(Form 4020F-1 Verification of Experience),
and hold a regular certificate in another state.
- Applicants must pass a basic skills test
(WEST-B) within 12 months of receiving a
temporary permit. See teacher assessments.
- Applicants must pass an endorsement
content knowledge test (WEST-E/NES) within 12 months of receiving a
temporary permit. See
The first certificate issued is the Residency Certificate (First Issue), which is valid until the holder is reported as employed by a Washington school district as a teacher with 1.5 FTE or more experience. This certificate must then be reissued with a three year expiration date.
In Washington there
are 21 Washington colleges/universities with
teacher preparation programs.
All supporting documents must be uploaded at the time of application or mailed to the certification office.
One or more of the following:
- 4020E Verification of Program Completion and Character
- 4020E-1 Verification of Alternative Certification Program/Pathway Completion and Character
- 4020F-1 Verification of Experience and a copy of a regular out of state teaching certificate