Any agency that wishes to offer an educator preparation program in Washington State must be approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board. Agencies that offer educator preparation programs can include but are not limited to community colleges, universities, educational service districts, and community-based organizations. There are also many different types of educator preparation programs – programs for teachers, administrators, school principles, school counselors, school psychologists, and superintendents.
Many already approved residency teacher preparation programs may also wish to add an alternative route to certification to their program, which is a non-traditional teacher preparation program that operates as a partnership between a teacher preparation program and one or more school districts (read more about alternative route programs). An already approved teacher preparation program may also be interested in adding an endorsement(s). Whatever your situation is, read more below and follow the link to determine your next steps towards approval.
Instructions for submitting your proposal
- seeking to become an approved educator preparation program (includes offering an alternative route and/or endorsements as part of the new preparation program design)
- already an approved program and want to add an alternative route(s)
- an approved program with an approved alternative route but want to change/add an additional alternative route(s)
- already an approved program and want to add an endorsement(s)
New program orientation materials
In March 2018, the PESB provided an orientation to agencies interested in offering new educator preparation programs. Those powerpoint slides (PowerPoint) can be used for reference.
Draft proposals are due at least 60 days in advance of the PESB meeting to which you wish to bring your proposal for consideration. For upcoming proposal due dates, see below. After you submit your proposal, a staff team will review to determine readiness to go to the board. Staff will provide feedback and programs will have 2-3 weeks to integrate the feedback and submit the final proposal to go before the Board.
|Board meetings||Final draft proposal due|
|May 16-17, 2019||March 15, 2019|
|July 15-16, 2019||May 17, 2019|
|Sept. 26-27, 2019||July 26, 2019|
|Nov. 14-15, 2019||Sept. 13, 2019|
|Jan. 16-17, 2020||Nov. 15, 2019|
|March 19-20, 2020||Jan. 17, 2020|
|May 21-22, 2020||March 20, 2020|