In order to teach in a public school classroom in Washington State, a person must become certified by completing a state-approved teacher certification program.
Upon successful completion of a state-approved teacher certification program, the student earns a Residency Certificate. This certificate is valid for five years. Within the first 5 years in the profession, teachers are required to return to college to complete a Professional Certificate (advanced certification) program.
The Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B) is now required of all applicants to Washington-approved teacher preparation programs. The basic skills areas included in the assessment are reading, mathematics, and writing.
Alternative Routes Criteria
Route 1: Are you a classified instructional employee of a Washington State Public School with a transferable Associate degree?
Route 2: Are you a classfied employee of a Washington State School District with a baccalaureate degree?
Route 3: Are you a working professional with a baccalaureate and subject matter expertise in a shortage area?
Route 4: Are you an individual with a current conditional or emergency substitute certificate?
Visit the Professional Educator Standards Board web site for more information about alternative routes certification.