Related information: Alternative route block grant
Changes were made to Alternative Routes requirements in March 2019! Learn more in our January 2019 board meeting materials.
What are alternative routes?
Alternative Routes to Teaching Certification are 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, Washington’s Alternative Routes tend to be shorter, more convenient, more affordable, and more practically oriented. Enrollment in an Alternative Route program is through an Alternative Route provider.
Four alternative routes
Washington State has four alternative routes that cater to specific populations. All four routes lead to full residency certification (the first level regular teaching certificate).
- Route 1: For district staff (e.g., paraeducators) with an associate’s degree
- Route 2: For district staff with a bachelor’s degree
- Route 3: For “career changers” with a bachelor’s degree
- Route 4: For district staff with a bachelor’s degree and a limited certificate
For more information about the routes and their entry requirements, see the route descriptions page.
Find an alternative route program
There are currently multiple Alternative Route programs offered by institutions across Washington State. Program details vary, so please contact the institutions directly for more information.
- Find an alternative route provider.
- Use the alternative route program map (PDF) to see what programs work closely with what school districts in Washington State (as of February 2019).
If you are a district or preparation provider that is interested in offering an Alternative Route program, please see our provider resources page.
- Alternative Routes “cheat sheet” (Updated version coming soon)
- Alternative Routes WAC
- Adding or changing an alternative route preparation program