If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI certification website.
The Professional Educator Standards Board places significant
Washington policy makers are striving to achieve a continuum of educator development. Over the past decade, stakeholder groups have been involved in providing professional growth opportunities using various means including the certification system, continuing education such as professional growth plans (PGPs), and funding opportunities including the Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program.
Once teachers earn the residency certificate (1st tier), they may be eligible to earn an optional professional certificate (2nd tier) through the ProTeach Portfolio assessment or National Board Teacher Certification.
Teachers can earn professional certification by passing the ProTeach portfolio assessment. The ProTeach assessment is job-embedded and based on evidence of positive impact on student learning. The portfolio demonstrates teacher’ knowledge, skills, and impacts in the classroom. In addition to a professional certificate, candidates who pass the ProTeach Portfolio may receive 150 clock hours.
Find additional information on the ProTeach assessment procedures, portfolios, scoring, deadlines and policy changes on the ProTeach portfolio page. ProTeach support providers can assist teachers in preparing for the assessment.
National board certification
Educators may earn a Washington Professional teacher certificate through National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The national board certification website provides information about registration and resources for candidates. The OSPI national board website provides information on the state bonus, and local and state candidate support programs.
Professional growth plans (PGPs)
PGPs are job-embedded, self-directed professional development. In a PGP, educators set their own goals, align them to certification standards, design an action plan, and then collect evidence documenting their growth towards achieving their goals. Educators then reflect on the process. There is no cost to an educator for a PGP. Clock hours earned through a PGP may be eligible for salary advancement.
Educator retooling conditional scholarship
The educator retooling conditional scholarship provides financial support to Washington State certified teachers who seek to expand their knowledge and skills by adding endorsements in subject or geographic shortage areas. Applicants may apply for up to $3,000 in financial support in exchange for teaching for two years in their new endorsement area.