Education Staff Associate (ESA)

There are two Residency (ESA) Certificates: school psychologist and school counselor. The other five roles (school social work, school nurse, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and physical therapist) are certificated as educators on the Initial/Continuing track.

Initial Certificate: The Initial is the first issue certificate for all ESA roles prior to 9/2005 and five of the seven ESA roles currently. For information on a first issue Initial Certificate or a second issue Initial Certificate applications, contact the OSPI Certification Department.

Candidates seeking certification in School Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, or School Nurse should contact the OSPI Certification Office.
 
Programs seeking to certify candidates in School Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, or School Nurse must submit an application and comply with WAC 181-79A-223 (1-5).
 
Residency: School psychologists and school counselors with first issue certificates since 9/2005 are on the Residency/Professional track. Following Board action July, 2011, school social workers are now on the Initial/Continuing Track. Click here for FAQs on school social work.  For additional information related to certification and renewal of certificates, please see ESA Certificate options.

The approved programs that offer the school psychologist and school counselor path to certification are listed here.