Description of Alternative Routes

Route 1

Who

Route 1 is designed for currently employed classified instructional employees with transferable associate degrees seeking residency teacher certification with endorsements in special education, or bilingual or ELL endorsements combined with another endorsement. 

What

Candidates enrolled in this route complete both their baccalaureate degree and requirements for residency certification in two years or less, including a mentored internship to be completed in the final year.

Entry requirements

  • Degree at entry: Associate's Degree
  • Testing required for entry: Successful passage of the statewide basic skills exam
  • Other entry requirements:
    • District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of successful student interaction and leadership as a classified instructional employee
    • Meeting the age, good moral character, and personal fitness requirements adopted by rule for teachers

Route 2

Who

Route 2 is designed for currently employed classified staff with baccalaureate degrees seeking residency teacher certification in subject matter shortage areas and areas with shortages due to geographic location.

What

Candidates enrolled in this route 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 videoconference over the K-20 network, in collaboration with the partnership program's higher education partner.

Entry requirements

  • Degree at entry: 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.
  • Testing required for entry: Successful passage of the statewide basic skills exam and the subject matter assessment required by RCW 28A.410.220
  • Other entry requirements:
    • District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of successful student interaction and leadership as classified staff
    • Meeting the age, good moral character, and personal fitness requirements adopted by rule for teachers

Route 3

Who

Route 3 is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees, who are not employed in the district at the time of application. When selecting candidates for certification through route three, districts and approved preparation program providers shall give priority to individuals who are seeking residency teacher certification in subject matter shortage areas or shortages due to geographic locations.

What

Cohorts of candidates for this route shall attend an intensive summer teaching academy, followed by a full year engaged with a school district as a mentored resident intern, followed, if necessary, by a second summer teaching academy. 

Entry requirements

  • Degree at entry: A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The individual's grade point average may be considered as a selection factor.
  • Testing required for entry: Successful passage of the statewide basic skills exam and the subject matter assessment required by RCW 28A.410.220
  • Other entry requirements:
    • External validation of qualifications, including demonstrated successful experience with students or children, such as reference letters and letters of support from previous employers
    • Meeting the age, good moral character, and personal fitness requirements adopted by rule for teachers

Route 4

Who

Route 4 is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees, who are employed in the district on conditional or emergency substitute certificate at the time of application.

What

Cohorts of candidates for this route shall attend an intensive summer teaching academy, followed by a full year employed by a district in a mentored internship. If employed on a conditional certificate, the intern may serve as the teacher of record, supported by a well-trained mentor. 

Entry requirements

  • Degree at entry: A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The individual's grade point average may be considered as a selection factor.
  • Testing required for entry: Successful passage of the statewide basic skills exam and the subject matter assessment required by RCW 28A.410.220
  • Other entry requirements:
    • External validation of qualifications, including demonstrated successful experience with students or children, such as reference letters and letters of support from previous employers
    • Meeting the age, good moral character, and personal fitness requirements adopted by rule for teachers

Route summary



Entry requirements
 
Route 1

Route 2

Route 3 

Route 4 
Minimum of transferable AA degree X   
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution  X X X
Passing statewide basic skills exam XX X 
Passing subject matter assessment  X  X 
Meeting the age, good moral character, and professional fitness requirements X X  X 
Employed with the district at the time of application X X  X
District or building validation of qualification, including one year of successful student interaction and leadership (as a classified instructional employee, classified staff) X X  
External validation of qualifications, including demonstrated successful experience with students or children, such as reference letters and letters of support from previous employers   X X
Applicants for alternative route programs who are eligible veterans or national guard members and who meet the entry requirements for the alternative route program for which application is made shall be given preference in admission. X X X X




Program features
 
Route 1

Route 2

Route 3 

Route 4 
Flexible programXXXX
Seek certification in subject or geographic shortage areaXX 
Required Summer Teaching Academy  XX
Full-year mentored internship (residency) X 
May serve as the teacher of record while in the alternative route program if employed on conditional certificate   X
Candidate eligible for residency teacher certification after successful completion of the program X X X X



Other information

State law

The statutory requirements for alternative route programs are outlined in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 28A.660.040).

Admissions

Each alternative route program has its own application process and you must contact the programs directly. Admission into the alternative route programs is competitive and on a space-available basis dependent on state and district funding. Applicants for alternative route programs who are eligible veterans or national guard members and who meet the entry requirements for the alternative route program for which application is made shall be given preference in admission.

Program cost

Each provider sets the tuition for its alternative routes to teacher certification program. Some providers are recipients of the Alternative Route Block Grant, which provides additional funding for candidate scholarships and support. For more information, contact the programs directly. Also check to see if your district can provide support. Other sources of financial assistance may be accessed at http://www.wsac.wa.gov/sfa-overview.