Teachers in Washington schools must be fully certified. A valid Washington certificate is required. Each certificate type has education, preparation, and testing requirements. Additionally, teachers must meet basic character and fitness requirements and fingerprint background check.
Candidates eligible to receive a teacher certificate in your program's state likely meet the program completion requirement. The level/tier of certificate you are eligible for may vary depending on your background, the timing from when you apply for your certificate, and when it is issued to you may vary as well.
- Career-long Professional Development Expectations For Teachers in Washington - Ongoing professional growth and development (some required, some optional) certified teachers in Washington are expected to complete over the course of their career may apply to second tier certificate requirements and / or corresponding salary increases.