Any institution wishing to offer an educator preparation or endorsement program in Washington State must be approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). PESB oversees educator preparation programs for the following roles:
- Residency teacher (traditional and Alternative Routes)
- Residency principal
- Residency program administrator
- Initial superintendent
- Initial career and technical education (CTE) teacher (plan 1 and plan 2)
- Initial CTE administrator
- Residency school counselor
- Residency school psychologist
An approved residency teacher or CTE plan 1 program may also seek approval to offer an endorsement(s) or basic area endorsement(s).
Become a new program
The approval process to offer a new program, including Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification, is a three stage process:
Learn more about the process to offer a new educator preparation program, required forms, and additional resources.
Offer an endorsement
To add an endorsement or basic area endorsement program, your institution must already be approved to offer a residency teacher or CTE plan 1 program.
The endorsement approval process is a one stage process. Learn more about the process to offer an endorsement, the required form, and additional resources.
Change or add to an approved program
Approved institutions notify PESB regarding any program changes. Learn more.
Alternative routes to teacher certification
- If your institution is approved to offer Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification and would like to add to or change your Alternative Routes program, visit this page.
- If your institution is not approved to offer Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification and would like to seek approval to start an Alternative Routes program, visit this page.
What is an alternative route?
Alternative Routes to Certification are non-traditional teacher preparation programs that operate as a partnership between a teacher preparation program and one or more school districts in order to develop teachers in state and local shortage areas. Read more about alternative routes programs.
Any institution wishing to add an Alternative Routes program must complete an Alternative Routes to Certification proposal and present it to the Board for approval.
What routes can our program offer?
There are four alternative routes that a program may offer, and a program may choose to offer one, all, or any combination of these routes, as it fits with their program design and the districts and candidates they seek to serve. Below is the description of each route:
- Route 1 – Employed district staff, such as paraeducators, with an associate’s degree or equivalent.
- Route 2 – Employed district staff with a baccalaureate degree.
- Route 3 – Individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are not employed by a district.
- Route 4 – Individuals with a baccalaureate degree whom the district will employ one a limited certificate while pursuing certification.
PESB oversees the approval process for the following courses:
- Professional transitions to public schools
- Suicide prevention training
Learn more about the course approval process.
Notifications of intent to offer a new program
The first stage in the approval process to offer a new program is the notification of intent (NOI). The following programs have submitted NOIs for consideration.
- Bellevue College (PDF) Residency teacher preparation program
- Clark College (PDF) Residency teacher preparation program
- Central Washington University (PDF) Initial Career and Technical Education (CTE) director preparation program
- Gonzaga University (PDF) School psychologist preparation program
- Great Nothern University (PDF) Residency teacher preparation program
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology (PDF) Residency teacher preparation program
- Portland State University (PDF) Residency teacher preparation program
- Summit Public Schools Washington (PDF) Residency teacher preparation program