Typically, Washington state teachers are placed on the state teacher salary schedule that considers years of teaching service and highest degree awarded to determine salary. In addition, each school district has the ability to establish agreements with teachers that include pay and benefits.
Depending on your educational and professional background, requirements to becoming certified to teach in Washington State may differ. Please click on this checklist checklist to answer common questions related to teaching in more detail. Minimum requirements for admission to an approved teacher preparation program are a passing score on the WEST-B (Basic Skills Test). In order to receive a teaching certificate you must also hold a Bachelors Degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university and have completed the requirements of an approved teaching certificate from an approved teaching program in Washington or a state that has reciprocity with Washington.
You need to complete an approved program to receive a Washington Teaching Certificate. Currently, all programs that are recognized by the Professional Educator Standards Board are located within colleges or universities. Passage of the education reform bill in 2010 allows non- higher education entities to become approved to offer certification programs in Washington State.
Yes. Prospective teachers must pass the WEST-B (Washington Educator Skills Test--Basic) prior to admission into an approved program. The PESB has established extensions and exemptions to the West-B requirement (West-B Exemptions).
In addition, all prospective teachers are required to pass a content knowledge test for each endorsement earned. Some colleges and universities require the WEST-E as part of their admission requirements. Check with the individual college or university to discuss their admission policy.
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length of residency certificate chart.
The WEST-B is a requirement for certification. With exceptions for only a few candidates, Washington teacher preparation programs require passing this basic skills assessment prior to admittance. Additionally, all individuals must pass the WEST-B to receive a teaching certificate. For more information visit www.west.nesinc.com.
Currently there are 21 approved programs in Washington. To find a list of Washington's approved programs, click here. For information about programs offered online and / or by institutions outside of Washington, click here.
The WEST-E tests content knowledge in an endorsement area (subject). Each new certificate must include at least one endorsement. All in state prepared teachers must have this completed prior to applying for a certificate. Out-of-state prepared teachers must pass the WEST-E within a year. For more information about the WEST-E visit www.west.nesinc.com.
All Washington teachers must have completed a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to certification. The Bachelors degree can be completed while attending a preparation program or prior to entering the program. The Certification Only programs are intended for those who have finished a Bachelor's Degree. A Masters In Teaching program is designed to grant a Master's Degree while completing the Certification Only courses.
Those who hold a certificate from another state should begin with Certification Department of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Alternative Routes to Certification Programs.