If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI certification website.
Earning a teaching certificate
- Traditional route – For individuals who would like to complete their teacher preparation program at a college or university, leading to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education and certification.
- Alternative route – Designed for career changers and for individuals already working in the school system who want to transition to full-time teaching. Compared to traditional educator preparation programs, alternative routes tend to be shorter, more convenient, more affordable, and more practically oriented. Additionally, individuals who currently hold a limited certificate can use their certificate as an entry point into an alternative route program.
- CTE college and university route – The Career and Technical Education College and University Route includes a full teacher preparation program, and leads to both an initial CTE certificate and a residency teacher certificate. This route requires one year of industry experience (2,000 hours) in the occupational area.
- CTE business and industry route – The Career and Technical Education Business and Industry (CTE B&I) Route is for people coming from a business and industry background who are interested in using their skills to teach in their area of business and industry expertise. This route requires three years of industry experience (6,000 hours) in the occupational area.
- Out-of-state and foreign trained applicants – Washington issues the residency teacher certificate to most first-time and out-of-state applicants for a regular teaching certificate. Foreign trained applicants who are able to demonstrate equivalency for these requirements are also eligible for a residency certificate.
Testing and assessments
All individuals hoping to become certified teachers in Washington must meet Washington State’s testing requirements.
For more testing information about WEST-B and WEST-E/NES , please see the content knowledge assessments.
For more testing information about edTPA, please see performance assessment / edTPA.