If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI certification website.
In Washington State, all teachers must be certificated. Certificates are issued through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and any questions about individual certificates, or certificate applications, should be directed to that office.
This page provides information on various pathways into the teaching profession, current approved teacher preparation programs, and required state certification testing.
Paraeducators seeking to advance their career will find relevant information on the Paraeducator Board’s current paraeducators page.
New teacher information
New teacher information contains information on PESB’s approved teacher preparation programs, alternative routes to teaching, and testing requirements. For information on applying for your Washington State certificate or for questions about your individual situation, please contact the OSPI Certification Office.
Out-of-State license transfers
The out-of-state license transfers page contains information on how your out-of-state endorsements may translate to Washington State endorsements, as well as required testing equivalency information. If you currently hold a teaching license in another state and would like to become certified in Washington, please contact the OSPI Certification Office to apply.