Starting September 1, 2019 all P/K-8 elementary teachers, 4-12 secondary STEM, and CTE teachers are required to complete 15 OSPI-approved Integrated STEM clock hours.
Renewal applications for residency, professional, and continuing teacher and CTE certificates must document completion of at least 15 clock hours, or at least one goal from an annual professional growth plan (PGP), with an emphasis on STEM integration to meet this renewal requirement.
OSPI defines STEM integration as the authentic combination of at least two of the STEM components (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The requirement applies to the following endorsement areas:
- Elementary education;
- Early childhood education;
- Middle level mathematics and science;
- Secondary mathematics;
- Secondary science;
- The designated sciences; and
- Career and Technical Education
Approving STEM Clock Hours
Approved providers may offer STEM clock hours and are able to independently vet each offering to ensure the course meets the intent of the STEM clock hour requirement.
WFIS partner MY24/7 is once again ahead of the curve, having already updated their courses with the OSPI required STEM component. MY24/7 has clear questions on the intake applications for STEM clock hours that easily guide each user.