Nearly 200,000 educators are certified in Washington state, including classroom teachers, principals, paraeducators, school counselors, superintendents, and more. Most certifications must be renewed every five years. This page contains information about the certification and renewal processes, requirements for continuing education, emergency certifications, how military veterans and educators from out of state can teach in Washington, and more.
Certification Office Phone Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Teacher applications received the week of 3/2/2023
Clock hour reports received the week of 3/2/2023
CTE applications received the week of 3/6/2023
ESA applications received the week of 2/27/2023
Administrator applications received the week of 3/2/2023
Paraeducator applications received the week of 3/13/2023
Staff is currently responding to most emails within 6 business days and voicemails within 2 business days of being received.
There are currently 3,045 total applications pending review. For more information, see Application Processing Status.