Becoming a Teacher or Administrator
There are many different kinds of schools in which talented people may work in Washington State.
Some private schools require teachers and administrators to have a Washington State certification, others do not. According to the law, schools need one certificated employee on staff. This person may be a certificated teacher, principal, or superintendent. Some private schools require a specific certification, like Waldorf or certain religious schools, while others hire capable, proficient individuals with a specific knowledge base that improves the school curriculum.
WA State Teacher Certification
Washington State will issue the Residency Teacher Certificate to applicants who provide documentation of meeting the following requirements:
- Transcript of having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from any accredited college/university OR document transcript evaluation review performed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
- Completion of any state’s approved teacher preparation program. In Washington, there are 35 college/university branches or districts with state-approved teacher preparation programs and state-approved alternative route programs.
- Passing the basic skills and content knowledge tests within 12 months of receiving your temporary permit.
- Fingerprint record & background check through WA State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For complete information on Teacher Certificates visit the OSPI website.
Private School Certification
- AMS — https://amshq.org/Educators/Montessori-Careers/Become-a-Montessori-Educator
Washington State Administrator Certification
WA State Administrator Certificate qualification prerequisites:
- Certificate – Principal only: Hold a regular teaching certificate or an Educational Staff Associate (ESA) certificate from Washington State or another state, and have 3 years of successful school-based instructional experience in an educational setting.
- Degree: Master’s degree
- Preparation: A state-approved preparation program for the particular administrative role
- Administrator Certificate from another state + 3 years experience in that role
Detailed information on different Admin Certificates can be found using the links below:
Residency Principal or Program Administrator details on the OSPI website
Residency Principal and Program Administrator Upgrade to Professional There is no longer a requirement for administrators to move to a Professional (2nd tier) certificate in Washington. This link to the OSPI website conveys Oregon’s CAL program as a pathway for educators to be issued a Professional Administrator certificate in Washington, since the Professional certificate is still available, just no longer required.
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