There are several ways to renew or advance your certificate. Washington is committed to offering educators like you a diverse range of professional development opportunities. Our agency supports this commitment by creating policy around, and maintaining, programs which strengthen the educator workforce, including the certification system, continuing education, and funding opportunities.
Earn a professional certificate
Once you earn the residency certificate (1st tier), you may be eligible to earn an optional professional certificate (2nd tier) through the ProTeach Portfolio assessment or National Board Teacher Certification.
- ProTeach portfolio
- 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.
Add an endorsement in a subject area
Endorsements enhance an application as they demonstrate a future teacher’s specific skill-set. In addition to being certified, teachers must hold an endorsement in a teaching area approved by Washington state. There are more than 30 preschool to secondary school endorsements in Washington.
Candidates seeking an endorsement must provide verification that they completed a state-approved program in an endorsement area, as well as having completed related methods course work in specific endorsement area(s). Teachers may also specialize beyond the required certificate endorsements in unique competencies not found in regular endorsements, though these specialty areas cannot stand alone without regular endorsements.
Complete a Professional Growth Plan (PGPs)
PGPs are job-embedded, self-directed professional development. In a PGP, you can set your own goals, align them to certification standards, design an action plan, and collect evidence documenting growth towards achieving your goals. You then reflect on the process. There is no cost to you for a PGP. Clock hours earned through a PGP may be eligible for salary advancement.
Clock hours for national board certification and renewal
Clock hours are for educators in Washington State who want to earn continuing education. Salary advancement based on clock hour accumulation is determined by the employer.
- Learn more about clock hours for National Board certification and renewal.
Apply for a conditional loan
The educator retooling conditional loan scholarship provides financial support to Washington certified teachers who want 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 two years in their new endorsement area.