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Teacher Certification

Basic Requirements

Teachers in public schools in Washington State are required to hold a valid teaching certificate. The basic requirements for teacher certification are:

  • Degree. A minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Preparation Program. Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited college/university OR completion of an alternative pathway to certification, hold certification in another state and taught 3 years at the P-12 level.
  • Teacher Testing. Teachers must pass a basic skills test and (for each endorsement) an endorsement test. See Teacher Assessments.

    What if I have not completed a degree/program as described above?  Click here for Washington Teacher preparation program information.

    If you do not qualify for a regular teaching certificate in Washington State, you may still be eligible for a limited certificate for full-time, part-time or substitute teaching, if your prospective employer cannot find enough teachers with regular certification.  For more information on Limited Certificates



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