The educator retooling conditional loan scholarship provides financial support to Washington State certified educators looking to add a shortage area teaching endorsement.
This conditional loan is awarded competitively, as demand exceeds the amount of funding available.
To apply, you must obtain administrative support and submit complete application materials to the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) Retooling Review Committee by the designated application deadline.
We encourage you to explore the conditional loan details below for application instructions, candidate guidelines, recipient requirements, and more.
Retooling conditional loan details
What is the educator retooling conditional loan?
About the retooling conditional loan
The retooling conditional loan supports Washington State certified educators looking to pursue an add-on teaching endorsement in a geographic or subject matter shortage area (see “Am I eligible to apply?”). As a conditional loan scholarship, funds are awarded in exchange for two years of teaching service in the add-on endorsement area.
Recipients of the conditional loan are awarded up to $3,000 per endorsement add-on. The funds can be used for:
- Educational expenses for the endorsement add-on, such as tuition for coursework, the endorsement test (WEST-E/NES), and other educational expenses (e.g., books, supplies, transportation).
The conditional loan is administered jointly by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) and the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). PESB is responsible for selecting recipients and WSAC is responsible for distributing awards.
Funding is dependent upon annual budget appropriations from the Washington State Legislature. The state laws establishing this conditional loan scholarship include the RCWs on retooling and conditional scholarship programs.
Am I eligible to apply?
Washington State teacher certified
- You must hold a current, regular Washington teaching certificate. We can only award funds to currently certified teachers looking to add endorsements to their Residency, Professional, or Continuing teacher certificate.
- You are not eligible for the conditional loan if you hold a limited certificate, substitute certificate only, Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate only, or are on a temporary permit pending testing. Please check your educator credentials in the e-certification system to confirm your eligibility.
- You cannot use the conditional loan to earn an Educational Staff Associate (e.g., School Counselor or Psychologist) or CTE certificate.
Current employment status
- You must be currently employed as a teacher at a Washington K-12 school, district, or educational service district, including substitute teachers.
- Exception: You are also eligible if you hold an elementary education endorsement but are not currently employed as an elementary teacher.
Your add-on endorsement must be in a subject or geographic shortage area, including the following:
- Bilingual Education
- Computer Science Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- English Language Learner
- Environmental and Sustainability Education
- Special Education
- Other shortage areas as determined by PESB*
*If you are pursuing an add-on endorsement other than those listed, we will use the shortage description provided in your Administrator Letter of Support to determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Visit the approved program endorsements page to find out where endorsements are offered.
- You must take one of the following pathways to add the endorsement:
- Endorsement test only; or
- Completion of an add-on endorsement program at a college or university.
- Visit the adding endorsements page for more information about each of the pathways.
- You must attend an educator preparation program authorized by WSAC. Check with your college or university or contact WSAC directly to find out if your program is authorized.
No existing service obligations
- You are not eligible for the conditional loan if you have an unsatisfied teaching service obligation for a previously received conditional loan scholarship. You must first fulfill that teaching obligation or repay the remaining portion to WSAC prior to applying for the retooling conditional loan.
What should I know as a conditional loan applicant?
Applicant guidelines and requirements
The retooling conditional loan is awarded competitively by the PESB Retooling Review Committee based on application requirements, the preferences outlined, and overall quality of the application.
- You may only apply for one conditional loan per endorsement add-on. Each loan requires a separate application and incurs a separate teaching service obligation.
- You may apply for a second loan only if it is for an additional endorsement and you have completed the full teaching service obligation of the first award.
- We will not award the retooling conditional loan for endorsements that have already been completed.
We give preference to the following candidates based on state law:
- Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces; and
- National Guard members.
We also give preference to the candidates pursuing Bilingual Education and English Language Learner (ELL) endorsements who are:
- Assigned to schools required under state or federal accountability measures to implement a plan for improvement; or
- Assigned to schools whose enrollment of ELL students has increased an average of more than 5% per year over the previous 3 years.
You are encouraged to:
- Read the instructions provided in the application materials thoroughly before applying;
- Fill out the Promissory Note (see “How do I Apply”) in its entirety and submit with original signatures. The Promissory Note is a legal document outlining the contractual terms between a conditional loan recipient and WSAC;
- Ensure that all application materials have been signed or initialed in the designated locations by the appropriate parties; and
- Make sure the Administrator Letter of Support provides compelling insight into your school or district’s shortage situation, your intentions as a potential conditional loan recipient, and why attaining an endorsement add-on matters to you and your work.
What should I know as a conditional loan recipient?
Recipient guidelines and requirements
The retooling conditional loan scholarship is a loan that the state will forgive in exchange for a two-year teaching service obligation. Funds are distributed directly to the recipient following the terms outlined in the Promissory Note (see “How do I apply?”).
Conditions of the teaching service obligation include:
- Completing the endorsement add-on within two years of the award payment date (per conditional loan);
- Completing the entire teaching service obligation within a reasonable time frame (as determined by WSAC);
- Teaching in the add-on endorsement area after earning the endorsement (partial assignments accepted); and
- Teaching in a Washington State K-12 public school after earning the endorsement.
The Promissory Note includes further necessary details about the teaching service obligation. We recommend familiarizing yourself with this document thoroughly in order to earn loan forgiveness and avoid repayment of the remaining loan principal, interest, and fees. Contact WSAC directly with questions regarding loan forgiveness.
When should I apply?
Application timeline and deadlines
Since the endorsement add-on must be completed within two years of the award payment date, we recommend that you apply when your program is underway or will start in the near future. Candidates who don’t complete their program within two years run the risk of loan repayment.
There are three application deadlines for the 2018-19 academic year:
September 21, 2018
January 11, 2019
April 26, 2019
Complete applications must be postmarked by the application deadline in order to be considered for that round of funding.
We will notify you of your award decision within six weeks of the application deadline.
How do I apply?
To apply for the retooling conditional loan, you must submit a hard copy of the application materials linked below: Promissory Note, Endorsement Budget, and Administrator Letter of Support. Please read the instructions provided in each document carefully before applying.
- A legal document outlining the contractual terms between a conditional loan recipient and WSAC. Must be submitted in its entirety with original signatures.
- Budget form outlining the educational expenses associated with your endorsement add-on. Requires both university representative and applicant signatures.
- Applicant-written letter to gain school or district administrator support. This is your opportunity to describe your school or district’s shortage situation in the add-on endorsement area, as well as how you intend to help fulfill this need upon endorsement completion. Requires both administrator and applicant signatures.
Completed application materials must be mailed to:
Retooling Review Committee
Professional Educator Standards Board
PO Box 47236
Olympia, WA 98504-7236
We cannot accept emailed or faxed applications at this time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
- If you are a prospective applicant with questions about the retooling conditional loan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are a recipient of the retooling conditional loan with questions about your award or service obligation, please contact ALT@WSAC.wa.gov