Certificate Renewal & Second Tier


Helpful links


Road Map to Career Long Path

This is the road map to career long path. There are several digital presentations with video embedded to help teachers understand the road map to their credentialing path.  

Professional Certification

The professional certificate is the second-tier professional license. To earn a professional certificate, Teachers, Administrators and Educational Staff Associates must demonstrate a positive impact on student learning. The professional certificate standards and criteria for all roles are fully aligned with Washington’s expectations for K-12 student learning expectations. 

You can use your ProTeach scores to guide and inform your Professional Growth Plans (PGPs) for Certification Renewal. WA ProTeach Score Report Sample .

Add an Endorsement

There are multiple ways to add an endorsement to your teaching certificate in Washington State, including completing an endorsement program, earning National Board Certification or a Pathway 1 or 2 program. To learn more about all your options visit the OSPI Certification Department website.

Educator Retooling Schoolarship Program

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) may have have scholarships available for teachers to add an endorsement through the Retooling program.

Certification Renewal Requirements

Certification renewal requirements have changed. The Professional Growth Plans PGPs webpage has all relevant information and links about the changes.

Out of State Programs

Individuals who complete an out of state preparation program may apply for a Washington state certificate via reciprocity. The program must be regionally accredited and state approved. National accreditation is not required. Individuals whose preparation was in another country may be able to apply for a Washington certificate based on a transcript review. Out of state educators are responsible for meeting all Washington testing requirements for the certificate.

Become a PESB Member

The Professional Educator Standards Board consists of twelve-members appointed by the Governor, the majority of whom are practicing educators. If you are interested in serving on the PESB, complete the application found on the Governor's Boards and Commissions website.

Mentor Teacher Information

The Professional Educator Standards Board's value for the mentoring of all educators in the clinical practice portion of their preparation is reflected in the standards for program design. For resources and further information for mentor teachers click here:  Mentor Information


Expiring Certificates

Expiring Residency Certificates

Residency Teacher

Teachers with a residency certificate must move toward the mandatory professional certificate or he/she may be in danger of losing their license for five years. For more information, please review the following document, Renewal Options and Moving to a Professional Certificate. Educators can also visit our Frequently Asked Question section and review the Residency Certification Timeline .

Please read advisory regarding the new National Board process and candidates with expiring residency credentials.

Residency School Psychology Certificate

School psychologists with an expiration date of June 2013, 2014, or 2015 on their Residency Certificate may apply for a one time 2-year extension. Go to OSPI . 



Expiring Initial Certificates

School counselors and school psychologists with expiring Initial Certificates must complete peer review for a Continuing Certificate or choose to move to the Residency-Professional track. Click here for information on approved programs offering peer review. Peer Review

Expiring Residency Teacher Certificate

 

Professional Certification is a mandatory second tier for teacher licensure. There are two options for earning a Washington second tier license.

 

Please read advisory regarding the new National Board process and candidates with expiring residency credentials.


Don't let your Residency Certificate expire!

Residency Certification timeline

There is a consequence for allowing your residency certificate to expire. Teachers who have exhausted all available renewals of their residency certificate and have not passed the ProTeach Portfolio or earned a National Board Certificate will have their residency certificate expire and will not be eligible for reinstatement of teacher licensure for five years past the expiration date of their final residency renewal. (WAC 181-79A-231(7)(A)) .

 *Final nonrenewal  Expiration of Residency Teaching  ProTeach Portfolio Registration Window  ProTeach Portfolio Submission Dates  Scores Released to Candidate
June 30, 2014
 May 1, 2013-Oct. 31, 2013
 January 31, 2014 
or
June 28, 2014 
Jan: Mar.28, 2014
June: Aug. 23, 2014
June 30, 2014
Nov. 16, 2013-April 15, 2014
Late fees apply: April 16-30, 2014
 June 28, 2014
 
June 28:Aug.23,2014

June 30, 2015  May 1, 2014-Oct. 31, 2014  January 31, 2015
or
June 28, 2015
Jan:Mar.28, 2015
June: Aug. 23, 2015
* Teachers have exhausted all renewals of their residency certificates and are in danger of losing their license.


For information on reissuance and renewal please visit OSPI's website or contact OSPI certification office by phone (360)-725-6400 or email cert@k12.wa.us.


Important Resources



Contents

  1. 1 Helpful links
    1. 1.1 Road Map to Career Long Path
    2. 1.2 Professional Certification
    3. 1.3 Add an Endorsement
    4. 1.4 Educator Retooling Schoolarship Program
      1. 1.4.1 The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) may have have scholarships available for teachers to add an endorsement through the Retooling program.
    5. 1.5 Certification Renewal Requirements
    6. 1.6 Out of State Programs
    7. 1.7 Become a PESB Member
    8. 1.8 Mentor Teacher Information
  2. 2 Expiring Certificates
    1. 2.1 Expiring Residency Certificates
      1. 2.1.1 Residency Teacher
      2. 2.1.2 Residency School Psychology Certificate
    2. 2.2 Expiring Initial Certificates
    3. 2.3 Professional Certification is a mandatory second tier for teacher licensure. There are two options for earning a Washington second tier license.
    4. 2.4 Don't let your Residency Certificate expire!
    5. 2.5 Important Resources
      1. 2.5.1 Frequently Asked Questions:
      2. 2.5.2 Q: How can I register for the ProTeach Portfolio?
    6. 2.6 Professional Certificate
    7. 2.7 Suicide Prevention Requirement
    8. 2.8 Professional Certificate
    9. 2.9 School Psychologists
    10. 2.10 School Counselors
    11. 2.11 School Counselors and Psychologists Certified Prior to September 2005:
    12. 2.12 School Social Workers
  3. 3 Approved Suicide Prevention Curricula (ESA subpage)
  4. 4 Professional Principal & Program Administrator Program Resources
  5. 5 Professional Principal & Program Administrator Certification (Admin ProCert) is a job-embedded, contextualized professional development process and requirement for second-tier certification. The process focuses on increasing leadership skills to positively impact student learning.
    1. 5.1 Certification Information
    2. 5.2 Residency Certificate Timeline for Principals, Program Administrators & School Counselors
    3. 5.3 Admin ProCert Program Information
  6. 6 Admin ProCert Program Resources
  7. 7 Admin ProCert Program Communications
    1. 7.1 Integrated Products  - Optional Use
  8. 8 Professional Certificate for Teachers
    1. 8.1 Professional Certificate for Teachers
    2. 8.2 Additional Resources
    3. 8.3 Profession Growth Plan
  9. 9 Teachers with Residency Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How can I register for the ProTeach Portfolio?

A: Visit Washington ProTeach Portfolio Assessment website.  If you have questions regarding registration, contact ProTeach Portfolio Contact Center at 1-888-977-6824 or waproteach@livetext.com.

Q: How can I register for National Board Certification?
 
A: Visit Washington State National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  If you have questions contact Jeanne Harmon at OSPI at (360) 725-6119 or Jeanne.Harmon@k12.wa.us .
 

Q: Does everyone have to earn a professional teaching credential in Washington State?
 
A: Yes. The professional teaching credential is a mandatory second tier license in Washington State. 

Q: What is the current timeline for a residency certificate?
 

Q: How many times can I renew my residency certificate?
 
A: As of September 1, 2011, individuals will receive a residency valid for three years after teaching for 2 years and accumulating 1.5 FTE experience (5 years total) with an option for two renewals of two years each (nine years total).  Under these guidelines:
     • Individuals will have the option to obtain two renewals of the residency
     • Each available renewal is valid for two years
     • Individuals who are not employed may wait to obtain renewal until they return to teaching in Washington
     • Individuals who have exhausted available renewals (unable to successfully complete the ProTeach external assessment or earn a National Board Certification, can return to teaching after five years from the expiration of their final residency renewal

Q: Are there any consequences if I have used all my certificate renewals and have not completed my Professional Certificate requirements by the expiration on my certificate of June 30, 2012?
 
A: Yes. Teachers that have exhausted all of their renewal options and have not passed the ProTeach Portfolio or earned a National Board Certificate by the June 30th deadline,will have an invalid teaching certificate for 5 years.  WAC 181-79-251 

Q: If my residency certificate expires, and I complete and pass ProTeach Portfolio or earn my National Board certificate after my certificate expires, will I be able to apply for and be issued a professional certificate before the 5 year waiting period is over?
 
A: No. Once a teacher allows their residency certificate to expire, the teacher must wait until the full 5 year waiting period is over. 

Q: What if I have a residency certificate that will expire June 30, 2013, can I register for ProTeach, can I chose June 28, 2013 as my portfolio submission date?
 
A: Yes, it is not recommended that you wait until the last minute. Please review ProTeach dates chart.

Q: Due to the recent changes with the NBPTS assessment, will there be extensions or waivers offered for candidates who opt to use NBPTS instead of ProTeach Portfolio to earn their professional certification?
 
A: PESB will not provide any extensions or waivers for expiring residency certifications.  Candidates who plan to use National Boards as an option for their professional cert and have not registered for National Boards by 12/31/13, must earn their professional certification via ProTeach if residency cert expires prior to July 1, 2017.



The Professional Certificate is the second-tier professional license.  It is designed so educators demonstrate a positive impact on student learning. The professional certificate standards and criteria for all roles are fully aligned with Washington’s expectations for K-12 student learning expectations.

Professional Certificate Types



Contents

  1. 1 Helpful links
    1. 1.1 Road Map to Career Long Path
    2. 1.2 Professional Certification
    3. 1.3 Add an Endorsement
    4. 1.4 Educator Retooling Schoolarship Program
    5. 1.5 Certification Renewal Requirements
    6. 1.6 Out of State Programs
    7. 1.7 Become a PESB Member
    8. 1.8 Mentor Teacher Information
  2. 2 Expiring Certificates
    1. 2.1 Expiring Residency Certificates
    2. 2.2 Expiring Initial Certificates
    3. 2.3 Professional Certification is a mandatory second tier for teacher licensure. There are two options for earning a Washington second tier license.
    4. 2.4 Don't let your Residency Certificate expire!
    5. 2.5 Important Resources
    6. 2.6 Professional Certificate
    7. 2.7 Suicide Prevention Requirement
    8. 2.8 Professional Certificate
    9. 2.9 School Psychologists
    10. 2.10 School Counselors
    11. 2.11 School Counselors and Psychologists Certified Prior to September 2005:
    12. 2.12 School Social Workers
  3. 3 Approved Suicide Prevention Curricula (ESA subpage)
  4. 4 Professional Principal & Program Administrator Program Resources
  5. 5 Professional Principal & Program Administrator Certification (Admin ProCert) is a job-embedded, contextualized professional development process and requirement for second-tier certification. The process focuses on increasing leadership skills to positively impact student learning.
    1. 5.1 Certification Information
    2. 5.2 Residency Certificate Timeline for Principals, Program Administrators & School Counselors
    3. 5.3 Admin ProCert Program Information
  6. 6 Admin ProCert Program Resources
  7. 7 Admin ProCert Program Communications
    1. 7.1 Integrated Products  - Optional Use
  8. 8 Professional Certificate for Teachers
    1. 8.1 Professional Certificate for Teachers
    2. 8.2 Additional Resources
    3. 8.3 Profession Growth Plan
  9. 9 Teachers with Residency Certificate

Professional Certificate

Suicide Prevention Requirement

Applies to school nurses, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers earning or renewing their second tier certification beginning July 1, 2015. 
Requirement: 3 hours (minimum) of training in suicide prevention from an approved curriculum. 


Professional Certificate

The professional certificate allows working ESAs to demonstrate competency of career level standards in their current position. The candidate must have a dated residency certificate and be in their 3rd contracted year in their certificated role with a public or private school or ESD. Part-time practitioners and ESAs assigned to more than one role are encouraged to discuss with a ProCert program director (listed below) whether their assignment/s provide sufficient opportunity to accomplish the ProCert standards. 
 
The ProCert process involves:
1. an entry seminar that provides an orientation to the process and to the benchmarks, a self-evaluation "audit," and development of a Professional Growth Plan;
 
2. Professional Growth Plan (PGP) implementation, wherein the candidate gathers evidence on the benchmarks and develops capacity in the major areas of focus; and
 
3. an Action Research Project created in conjunction with the completion of a ProCert program.
 

School Psychologists

School psychologists with an expiration date of June 2013, 2014, or 2015 on their Residency Certificate have been granted a one time 2-year extension. 
  • School psychologists holding a dated Residency Certificate can earn a continuing certificate by working in the role of school psychologist for 180 days and completing 150 clock hours (WAC 181-79A-221). Contact the OSPI Certification Office with School Psychology in the subject line with specific questions.
School psychologists may use the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) Certificate for the Professional Certificate.
  • For additional information on the NCSP process, contact NASP.
  • Those in the process of obtaining their NCSP may apply for a one time 2-year extension on their Residency Certificate.  Contact the OSPI Certification Office for information on the verification process.

School Counselors

Please read our advisory regarding the new National Board process and candidates with expiring 5 year residency credentials.

School Counselors interested in ProCert should contact programs for details on the ProCert process:

Basic information on the ProCert process can be found here:
 
Prior to ProCert Enrollment

ProCert Program Resources
Professional Growth Plan Document (your institution may require a different format)

Additional Resources


 
School counselors may use the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification for the Professional Certificate.

School Counselors and Psychologists Certified Prior to September 2005:

Continuing Certification: An ESA receiving their first Washington certificate in School Psychology, School Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, School Nursing, or Speech-Language Pathology should follow the Initial/Continuing track. All ESA roles with a valid Initial Certificate should apply to the Certification Office for the Continuing Certificate.
 
Peer Review for school psychology and school counselor programs: See the current list of programs offering peer review.
 

School Social Workers

School social workers are now on the Initial/Continuing track for certification. Those with Residency Certificates will apply to the local Education Service District (ESD) for certification.
 
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Approved Suicide Prevention Curricula (ESA subpage)

PESB Approved Suicide Prevention Curricula
  • Connect Suicide Prevention/Intervention Training
    • Contact: Elaine de Mello, LCSW, edemello@naminh.org (603-225-5359)
  • Networks for Life: An Educator's Role in Youth Suicide Prevention
    • Contact: Vicki Wagner, vwagner@yspp.org (206-297-5922 x4)
  • Response
    • Contact: Debrah Tressel, dtressel@columbiacare.org (509-235-8823)
  • SafeTALK
    • Contact: Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, ffront@uw.edu (206-543-1016)
  • QPR for School Health Professionals
    • Information: http://www.qprinstitute.com, (888) 726-7926 or (509)536-5100
    • Contact: qinstitute@qwestoffice.net 
  • SOS (Signs of Suicide) 
    • Contact: Callaghan, Jo K. (ESC) <CallaghanJ@edmonds.wednet.edu> (425-431-7209)
Department of Health Model List of Programs in Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management (updated January 2016). The following trainings are generally six or more hours and intended for health or mental health professionals. They also satisfy training requirements of HB 1336.

Online Options
  • Addressing Suicide Risk in Substance Abuse Clients (CounselorCEUs.com) 
  • Assessment and Management of the Suicidal Patient (BehavioralHealthCE)
  • Depression and Suicide (NetCE)
  • Evidence-Based Treatment of Adolescent Depression and Suicide (J&K Seminars)
  • Fear of Feelings: Treating Male Suicide and Depressions (online & DVD) (OnLineCEUCredit)
  • Managing Suicidal Risk (CAMS Approach) (CE-credit.com)
  • Question Persuade Refer - Suicide Risk Assessment & Management Training (QPRT, QPR Institute)
  • QPR for Doctors and Physician Assistants (QPR Institute)
  • QPR for Nurses (QPR Institute)
  • Suicide Assessment 201 (Online CE)
  • Suicide Assessment and Management (J&K Seminars)
  • Suicide Assessment, Prevention, Risk Management and Choice (Zur Institute)
  • Suicide Intervention (Starr Global Learning Network)
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and Management (American Healthcare Institute) (also in-person) (removed from list in 2015)
  • Suicide Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse (Quantum Units Education)
  • Suicide What Therapists Need to Know (Professional Psych Seminars)
  • Suicide: Treating the Self Destructive Client (CMI Premier Education Solutions)
  • Treating Suicidal Behavior (The Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge)
In-Person Options
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (Two-day training session by certified ASIST trainers)
  • Assessing & Managing Suicidal Risk (AMSR) (Training by an authorized AMSR trainer)
  • Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Suicide (Critical Concepts Consulting)
  • Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE) A trainer from the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA) is required).
  • CONNECT (Connect staff, Program developed by NAMI New Hampshire)
  • Helping Emotionally Dysregulated and Suicidal Teens (Linehan Institute/Behavioral Tech Research, Inc.)
  • Recognition, Assessment & Treatment of Suicidality (Cascadia Training for Professional Development)
  • Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk (RRSR) (Training must be conducted by an authorized RRSR trainer)
  • Suicide: DBT Protocol for Assessing and Managing Risk (The Linehan Institute/Behavioral Tech Research)
  • Suicide and Crisis Intervention (Crisis Clinic)
  • Suicide Assessment and Treatment (Washington State Coalition for Mental Health Professionals)
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and Management (American Healthcare Institute) (also online)
  • Treatment with Suicidal Persons (The Linehan Institute/Behavioral Tech Research)
  • WA Psychological Association Suicide Assessment & Treatment (Washington State Psychological Association) (removed from 2015 list)
  • Working with Suicidal Clients (Wellspring Family Services)

Professional Principal & Program Administrator Program Resources

Professional Principal & Program Administrator Certification (Admin ProCert) is a job-embedded, contextualized professional development process and requirement for second-tier certification. The process focuses on increasing leadership skills to positively impact student learning.

Certification Information

Residency Certificate Timeline for Principals, Program Administrators & School Counselors


Maintaining your professional administrator certification through annual Professional Growth Plans (PGPs)

Admin ProCert Program Information

Admin ProCert Program Resources

Admin ProCert Program Communications

2015-16 Program Directors' Meetings will be at CityU in Renton (9 am - 3 pm): 
  • August 19, 2015 (Wed.)
  • October 21, 2015 (Wed.)
  • February 24, 2016 (Tues.)
Click on meeting link for agenda and outcomes/summary:









Integrated Products  - Optional Use

The Administrator as Communicator and Change Agent

The Administrator as a Leader in Building Community

The Administrator as Manager of the Organization

Professional Certificate for Teachers

Professional Certificate for Teachers

Please note that the professional certificate is mandatory and necessary to sustain teacher licensure in Washington State. 

Established in 2000, the professional certificate is the second-tier license for Washington teachers. The professional certificate was implemented to change the state certification system to an evidence-based system and is intended to build the capacity of teachers to provide quality learning opportunities to all students. The professional certification standards and criteria define the performance in which our P-12 students need to be engaged and the capacity needed by teachers in order to provide those learning opportunities. 

Two options for earning a professional certificate:

1. ProTeach Portfolio
    Review information at PESB Assessment page or Washington ProTeach Portfolio. 
    List of support providers

2. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
    Review information at National Board Certification 

Please read advisory regarding the new National Board process and candidates with expiring residency credentials.

For information on renewing a professional certificate, please visit OSPI cert


Additional Resources


Profession Growth Plan

The PESB determined the Professional Growth Plan (PGP) and Professional Growth Team (PGT) are crucial to a teacher's demonstration of the professional certificate three standards and 12 criteria. As a result, the PGP was redefined (WAC 181-79A-030) as the document identifying the specific competencies, knowledge, skills and experiences needed to meet the standards (WAC 181-79A-207.) The candidate's PGP must be verified by the PGT and retained in the teacher's personal archives in case of audit. Click below for sample forms: 

If you have additional questions, email PESB@k12.wa.us

Teachers with Residency Certificate

For Teachers who currently hold a residency certificate:

WAC 181-79A-231, regarding the length of the residency certificate, was revised at the July 2010 PESB meeting. After September 1, 2011, a first issue teacher residency certificate remains undated until the teacher has accumulated at least 1.5 FTE in 2 years of teaching experience. The residency certificate is then dated for 3 years as verified by the OSPI. Teachers who teach in a non-public school setting, as defined by WAC 180-55, are considered to hold a valid certificate and may participate in the requirements for the professional certificate by submitting proof of experience under WAC 181-79A-206 to an ESD.

As of September 1, 2011, teachers who hold or have held a residency certificate have two options for renewal past the first three-year certificate. See the residency certificate timeline.

* As stated under the residency certificate timeline ,those who meet the qualifications will be granted a 2 year renewal by registering for the ProTeach Portfolio. HOWEVER, those candidates will still be required to complete their portfolios by the due dates they have selected when registering for the ProTeach Portfolio.


Road Map to Career Long Path
https://sites.google.com/a/pesb.wa.gov/main/educators/road-map-to-career-long-path