Becoming a Teacher or Administrator


Talented people may work in many different kinds of schools in Washington State.  Some private schools require all teachers and administrators to have a Washington State certification; others do not. 
All classroom teachers shall hold appropriate Washington state certification.  There are exceptions for religious courses, specialty subject areas, or unusual competence.  In exceptional cases, people of distinctive competence but without certification may teach students so long as a certified person exercises general supervision. Annual written statements shall be submitted to the State Board of Education reporting and explaining such circumstances. (See RCW  28A.195.010)

WA State Teacher Certification

Washington State will issue the Residency Teacher Certificate to applicants who provide documentation of meeting the following requirements:

  1. Already WA Certified Educators
  2. In State Program Completer Applicants
  3. Out of State Applicants
  4. Foreign Trained Applicants
  5. Career & Tech Certification


To Apply or Renew

Visit the OSPI Teacher Certificate webpage to get started.


Washington State Administrator Certification

You can apply or renew your certification in this section if you are a Principal, Program Administrator, or Superintendent.

In-State Program Completer Applicants

Full and Limited certificates you may apply for if you are completing or have completed a state of Washington approved administrator preparation program.

Out-of-State Applicants

Full and Limited certificates you may apply for if you have completed an out-of-state administrator preparation program.

Already Washington Certified Administrators

Full and Limited certificates you may apply for if you have previously held or currently hold a Washington Administrator Certificate.


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