The Substitute Certificate enables someone to substitute for any
regular classroom teacher for up to 30 consecutive school days. The
Substitute Certificate requires the same level of preparation as a regular
teaching certificate. (IF YOU GRADUATED FROM A WASHINGTON COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM, CONTACT YOUR INSTITUTION FOR ASSISTANCE.)
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. (Form 4020E Verification of Program completion and Character or Form 4020E-1 Verification of Alternative Certification Program Pathway Completion and Character) In Washington there are 21 colleges/universities approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board to offer educator preparation programs.
- 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.
If you need to use any of the forms listed within the requirements on the left, please be sure you have the forms ready before you start your electronic application.