Alternative routes are designed for career changers and for individuals already working in the school system who want to transition to full-time teaching. Compared to traditional educator preparation programs, alternative routes tend to be shorter, more convenient, more affordable, and more practically oriented.
For more information about the routes and their entry requirements, see the Route Descriptions page.
Use the Find an Alternative Route Program tool to locate a provider. There are currently multiple alternative route programs offered by institutions across Washington State. Program details vary, so please contact the providers directly for more information.
Addtionally, you can use the Alternative Route Program Map, which visually represents what programs work closely with what school districts in Washington State.
If you are a district or preparation provider that is interested in offering an alternative route, please see our Provider Resources page.