If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI Certification website.
Administrator certificates in Washington state include principal, program administrator, and superintendent certificates. You can find out more on specific procedures for obtaining and renewing an administrator certificate on the OSPI Administrator Certification page–what follows here is a policy overview.
Principals and program administrators enter the profession with an undated residency certificate. These administrators are eligible for a five-year residency certificate (also called a dated residency or residency reissuance) when they have completed two years of successful service in the role in Washington with a school district, state approved private school, or state agency that provides educational services for students. These two years do not need to be consecutive, they do not need to be completed with the same employer, and the individual does not need to have a contract for a third year with an employer in place prior to the issuance of the five-year residency certificate.
Administrators with a residency certificate have no options for a second tier certificate, meaning they may not obtain a professional or continuing certificate. Principals and program administrators may choose to renew their residency certificates an indefinite number of times.
Residency, professional, and continuing certificate holders in the roles of teacher, administrator, and ESA may renew in five year intervals with:
- 100 clock hours or the equivalent in college credit
- Or, by completing four annual Professional Growth Plans (PGPs) during the five-year validity date of the certificate
- Or, by combining completed PGPs with clock hours for a total of 100 hours. (e.g. 3 PGPs + 25 CH = 100 CH)
- Or, by possession of a valid certificate issued by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for teacher; or for school psychologists, by the National Association of School Psychologists; or for SLPs, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Administrators with continuing or professional certificate must meet the TPEP certificate renewal requirement. Holders of a valid National Board certificate issued by NBPTS are considered to have met the TPEP Certificate Renewal Requirement.
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