If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI Certification website.
Most teachers come into the profession with a residency certificate, which is the first tier license. Second tier licensure is optional in our state: teachers with a residency certificate may choose to obtain a professional certificate through ProTeach or National Board Certification, or teachers may choose to renew their residency certificates indefinitely.
Teachers enter the profession with an undated residency certificate. Once a teacher has 1.5 FTE of experience over at least two years, that teacher is eligible for a dated residency certificate with a five year validity period.
A teacher may choose to obtain a professional certificate through ProTeach or National Board Certification. The last ProTeach submission date is June 28, 2019. Any candidate not having achieved a passing score after the scoring assessment of June 28, 2019 will be unable to obtain a passing score. All candidates will have until December 31, 2019 to download their score reports.
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).
Teachers with STEM area endorsements who hold residency, professional, and continuing certificates must meet the STEM certificate renewal requirement. Teachers with continuing or professional certificates must meet the TPEP certificate renewal requirement. Both the STEM and TPEP certificate renewal requirements are considered to be met by holders of a valid National Board Certificate.
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