Alternative Routes to Certification

Please note: This page pertains to districts and educational institutions. If you are an individual seeking an alternate route to certification, please contact the university offering the opportunity directly. See the Approved Teaching Programs page for listing.


    The Alternative Route to Teacher Certification programs are intended for districts, or districts in cooperation with educational service districts (ESDs) to operate partnerships with higher education teacher preparation programs,other non higher education entities, community colleges or consortia of higher education teacher preparation programs. Alternative Route programs work with school district partners to identify core subject areas that are difficult to fill. A few of the most common shortages are listed below, however districts may have additional subject matter shortage areas that are specific to their region. Alternate Route to Teacher Certification programs provide performance-based alternative routes aimed at recruiting candidates to teaching in program shortage areas such as:
  • Special Education
  • English Language Learner
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Level Math
  • Middle Level Science
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Bilingual Education
  • Other secondary subject matter shortage areas may be identified by school districts as geographic shortage areas


RCW 28A.660.040

Routes Offered by Universities in Washington State