Educator preparation programs are initially approved to serve and instruct candidates for an initial period of 27 months. Before the 27-month period ends, PESB staff will conduct site visits to determine if the program is meeting compliance with state requirements. The quality and value of the program is determined by looking at the programs’ performance, design fidelity, standards, key performance indicators, and the ability to demonstrate continuous improvement.
The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) ensures that Washington’s educator preparation programs are preparing diverse and classroom-ready educators. To do this, we regulate preparation program approval and review. Programs are approved if they have demonstrated potential to uphold standards and requirements, support local and state educator workforce shortages, and advance equity in educator preparation.