Alternative Certification Route 3 (WA)

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Alternative Certification Route 3 (WA)

Description
The Alternative Certification Route 3 is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees, who are not employed in the district at the time of application. When selecting candidates for certification through route three, districts and approved preparation program providers shall give priority to individuals who are seeking residency teacher certification in subject matter shortage areas or shortages due to geographic locations.

Certificate Valid for 2 years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: Washington
Contact Phone: 360-725-6400
Contact Email: cert@k12.wa.us
For more information please visit the state website: http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/future-educators/alternative-routes/route-descriptions

Notes
Currently Chinese and Arabic are critical shortages in the Seattle, Washington area and qualify for Route 3 Alternative Certification.

After 2 years working under the Alternative Certificate, a teacher may apply for the Residency Certificate.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree

GPA:

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

English:
Exam(s): One exam is required. CBEST, NES, Praxis I also accepted. See Notes.

Math:
Exam(s): One exam is required. CBEST, NES, Praxis I also accepted. See Notes.

Notes
University GPA may be a consideration in the selection process.

Passing scores on these exams may waive the WEST B:
ACT
SAT
CBEST (California)
NES (Oregon)
Praxis I (PPST) – Reading, Writing, Math

Applicants with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate are exempt from WEST B.

If completing WEST B, use report code #399 to have a score sent to OSPI. Do not call OSPI or ESD offices for test information.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Exam(s):

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s):

Accept Scores from Out of State

Notes:
Teacher Candidates in Route 3 attend an intensive summer teaching academy followed by a full year employed by a district in a mentored internship, followed by a second summer teaching academy if necessary.

Summer Teaching Academies are conducted by Universities and State Approved Alternative Certification Organizations.

Induction of one school year is required to progress to next stage.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at: http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/alternative_routes/routes#TOC-Route-1-

School District Requirements:
Verification of Search for a Certified Teacher
Confirmation of Enrollment in Internship
Confirmation of Mentor

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=washington

Background Check
Required

Renewal: Nonrenewable
This Alternative Certificate is valid for 2 years, after which, applicants may apply for the Residency Certificate.

Notes:
Cohorts of candidates for Route 3 attend an intensive summer teaching academy, followed by a full year employed by a district in a mentored internship, followed, if necessary, by a second summer teaching academy. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The individual’s grade point average may be considered as a selection factor;
Successful completion of the WEST E subject matter assessment required by RCW 28A.410.220 (3);
External validation of qualifications, including demonstrated successful experience with students or children, such as reference letters and letters of support from previous employers;
Meeting the age, good moral character, and personal fitness requirements adopted by rule for teachers; and
Successful passage of the WEST B statewide basic skills exam.
Applicants must e-mail: cert@k12.wa.us with a mailing address for the fingerprint card package.

All nine educational service district (ESD) offices within Washington state can process fingerprints electronically using live-scan technology. Livescan also available at: , Washington State University
Central Washington University
Western Washington University

Cost for background check and finger printing is $43.00

Transcript evaluation required for foreign degrees. US BA Equivalency must be shown.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
In lieu of the WEST-B, candidates from outside the state may submit an official score report verifying successful completion of one of the following:
CBEST (used in California and Oregon), or
NES Essential Academic Skills Test (used in Oregon), or
Praxis I (PPST) – Must complete each subtest for reading, writing and mathematics with minimum passing scores of 177 (or 325 on the computer-based test) for reading, 174 (or 321 CBT) for writing, and 176 (or 321 CBT) for mathematics, or
NBPTS – Individuals who hold a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate are exempt from the WEST-B.

If completing the WEST-B, use report code #399 to have your score sent to OSPI. Do not call OSPI or ESD offices for test information.
Applicants may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST-B. The adopted passing scores for SAT and ACT are listed below.
Cut Score Comparison Table
Subject WEST-B SAT ACT
Math PASS 515 22
Reading PASS 500 22
Writing PASS 490 8

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:36:59 PM


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