Washington colleges and universities also offer more than 34 certificate and six specialty endorsements to qualify toward your certification.
Washington is hiring trained educators right now! First-level teachers require a Residency Teacher Certificate. A Career and Technical Education Certificate is ideal for specialization or for educators who come from business and industry backgrounds. You can also acquire a Substitute Teacher Certificate or, in extraordinary cases, a Limited Certificate to start teaching immediately.
There are several ways to renew or advance your certificate.
- Current educators can earn or add an endorsement in a subject area to their certificate.
- Current educators can receive certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Watch this short video to learn more about National Board certification.
- The ProTeach Portfolio evaluates teachers who seek a Washington professional certificate. This evidence-based assessment determines teaching effectiveness, professional development and professional contributions, as well as 12 other significant criteria.
Or, if you previously held a teaching certificate but it has expired, you can renew your initial teaching certificate.