Professional Certificate (WA)

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Professional Certificate (WA)

Description
The Professional Certificate is the advanced level regular certificate. Most applicants receive this certificate after holding a residency certificate and working as an educator in Washington.

Certificate Valid for 1 Year
Employment: 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://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/ProCert.aspx

Notes
Reciprocity: According to WAC 180-79A-257 out-of-state candidates for the Professional Certificate may qualify if they have completed an advanced level certification procedure approved by the state board of education as equivalent to that required in Washington for the Professional Certificate.

Teachers holding an Oregon Continuing Teaching License (CTL) or Professional Teaching License (PTL) issued since January 1999 have completed a procedure considered comparable to Washington’s Professional Certificate Program (accepted until 07/01/2017) or the Wisconsin Masters Educator License. No other state certification procedures have been identified as comparable by the State Board of Education.

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

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
Applicants who have not completed a state approved teacher program may apply for a Residency Certificate if they can verify 3 years of K-12 teaching outside Washington and a regular teaching certificate in another state.

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
3 Years of Teaching out of state with Valid out of state teaching cert.
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):

Will NOT Accept Scores from Out of State

Notes:
Applicants must have either completed a state approved teacher program or have completed 3 years of teaching outside of Washington and hold a valid teaching certificate outside of Washington.

Applicants must complete the West E (Designated World Languages) AND the ACTFL OPI and WPT with Passing Scores of Advanced-Low.

WEST–E exemption. Applicants with National Board Certificate are exempt from the WEST–E requirement if there is a direct equivalency between the endorsements and the National Board Certificate, as approved by the PESB and published by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

ACTFL does not administer tests for Latin. For Latin, a candidate must take the new WEST-E: DWL and the WEST-E: Latin.

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: https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

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: Renewable
To move to the next step: Professional Certificate, a teacher must be teaching in Washington
AND
must complete the ProTeach Portfolio
OR
must hold a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Notes:

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.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:50:32 PM


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