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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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Residency Certificate

Requirements
Washington issues the Residency Teacher Certificate to most first-time applicants for a regular teaching certificate.

The candidate must have:

  • Earned a bachelor's or higher degree from any regionally accredited college/university.
  • Completed any state's approved teacher preparation program state-approved teacher preparation program. This would be either an approved program through a regionally accredited college or university, or an approved alternative-route program.
    OR
    If you have not completed a state approved program, individuals may verify at least 3 years of K-12 teaching experience outside Washington, and hold a regular certificate in another state.
  • In Washington there are 21 colleges/universities approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board to offer educator preparation programs.
  • 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) within 12 months of receiving a temporary permit. See teacher assessments.

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.

For details on the documents needed and process to obtain this certificate, please see the application.


  Application

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

Electronic Certification Application
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