Alternative Route programs operating Route 2 enroll currently employed school district classified staff with baccalaureate degrees from regionally accredited institutions. Route 2 candidates are seeking residency teacher certification in subject matter shortage areas and areas with shortages due to geographic location. Candidates enrolled in Route 2 must complete a mentored internship complemented by flexibly scheduled training and coursework offered at a local site, such as a school or educational service district, or online or via video-conference over the K-20 network. In addition, Alternative Route 2 programs uphold entry requirements for candidates that include:
- District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of successful student interaction and leadership as classified staff;
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The individual's college or university 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);
- 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.