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Teacher Certification

What types of Certificates are available? (basic requirements)

  • Residency Certificate - this is the first level regular certificate that the majority of applicants receive
  • Nonimmigrant Exchange Teacher Certificate - this is the regular certificate for visiting teachers coming to teach on J-1 visas through OSPI's International Education Exchange and Visiting Teacher programs
  • 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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Student Teaching in Washington

Requirements

Beginning September 1, 2010, programs approved in other states operating field experiences in Washington State shall establish and maintain field placement agreements with all Washington school districts in which candidates are placed for field experiences leading to certification or endorsement.

Individuals who will be placed in a student teaching experience/internship will need to obtain a pre-residency clearance prior to placement. Candidates must show:

  • Enrollment in a state-approved college/university teacher education program through a regionally accredited college/university which is outside the State of Washington.
  • Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness.
  • Must provide verification of program enrollment.
  • Instate college or university student teaching candidates must work with their teacher preparation institution regarding their field experience.

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

Please Note: Individuals attending a Washington college/university do not need to apply to our office. The Washington college/university handles pre-residency clearance as part of your program and application materials to their office.

 


  Application

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

Download Certification Forms

 

 

 

 

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