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Out-of-State Applicants

Review the application types below to find the application that's right for you based on your current status.

Certificates you may apply for if you have completed an out-of-state teacher preparation program.

This list contains full and limited teaching certificates. Limited certificates must be initiated by a state of Washington employer on behalf of the educator who is not eligible for full certification.

Certificate Types

Pre-Residency Clearance* - Select this if you are currently completing your teacher preparation program.

Residency Teacher - Select this if you completed a teacher preparation program or hold or have held a full teaching certificate in another state with at least three years of out-of-state or out-of-country teaching experience.

Professional Teacher - Select this if you held a second tier certificate from an approved state or if you are National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certified.

Career and Technical Education - Select this if you are interested in becoming certified in Career and Technical Education.

Substitute Teacher - Select this if you completed a teacher preparation program or hold or have held a full teaching certificate in another state with at least three years of out-of-state or out-of-country teaching experience.

Conditional Teacher* - Select this if you are working with a Washington employer wanting to hire you for a position based upon your experience and expertise in a specific educational area.

Intern Substitute Teacher* - Select this if you are student teaching and your employer needs you to substitute for your mentor teacher in their absence.

Emergency Substitute Teacher* - Select this if you are working with a Washington employer wanting you to be available for substitute teaching on an emergency basis.

Foreign Trained Applicants - Select this if you completed your degree(s) and/or a teacher preparation program at an institution in a country outside of the United States.

* Limited certificate. If an educator is eligible to hold a full Teaching certificate, they do not qualify for any of the Limited certificates.