Routes To Teaching

Explore all the ways to become a teacher

Are you ready to become a teacher?

Washington State encourages career changers as well as individuals who work in education and are ready to transition into a full time teacher position. Washington recognizes your established career by offering efficient, convenient, affordable and pragmatic alternate routes to earning a teaching certificate. Now is the time to discover your route to earning a teaching certificate.

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I want to go back to school and get a teaching degree 

This route is often referred to as the “traditional route to teaching.” It ends with an individual receiving a four-year teaching degree. The time to complete this program varies based upon an individual’s circumstances.

Programs available: Check with your local college/university or alternate route programs for available options.

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I have a bachelor’s degree and want to become a teacher

This pathway, also known as “Route 3,” is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees, who are not employed in the district at the time of application. Program providers give priority to individuals who are seeking residency teacher certification in subject matter shortage areas or shortages due to geographic locations. Candidates attend an intensive summer teaching academy followed by a full year employed by district in a mentored internship.

Military veterans who have served at least six years, were honorably discharged and have earned at least a bachelor’s degree may be eligible for the Washington State Troops to Teachers program.

Programs available: Check with your local college/university or alternate route programs for available options.

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I am a paraeducator with an associates degree

This pathway, also known as “Route 1,” is designed for currently employed classified instructional employees with transferable associate degrees who seek a residency teacher certification. Endorsements include: bilingual education, early childhood education, elementary education, English language learner, mathematics, and special education.

Programs available: Check with your local school district or college/university or alternate route programs for available options.

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I am a paraeducator with a bachelor’s degree

This pathway, also known as “Route 2,” is designed for currently employed classified staff with baccalaureate degrees seeking residency teacher certification in subject matter shortage areas and areas with shortage dues to geographic location. These candidates complete a mentored internship, scheduled training and coursework at a local site or online.

Programs available: Check with your local college/university or alternate route program for available options.

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I am employed as an emergency substitute or on a conditional teaching certificate

This pathway, also known as “Route 4,” is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees who are employed in the district as an emergency substitute or on a conditional at the time of application. Candidates attend an intensive summer teaching academy, followed by a full year employed by a district in a mentored internship.

Programs available: Check with your local college/university or alternate route program for available options.

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I recently graduated from college and need to find a job

To find a teaching position, search by the school district or region of Washington where you want to work and live. Job postings are posted to school district websites.

Questions?

Contact us at pathways@k12.wa.us

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