Washington - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Educator Licensure Policy
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In order to become a certified teacher in Washington, an applicant must be at least 18 years old, have good moral character, pass the required assessments, and complete an approved teacher preparation program.


The following requirements are to be met by candidates for certification as teachers including career and technical education teachers, administrators, educational staff associates, or first peoples' language, culture, and oral tribal traditions teachers:
(1) Age. No person who is less than eighteen years of age shall receive a certificate to serve in the public or nonpublic schools of Washington state.
(2) Character. Applicants for certificates in Washington state who are not holders of a valid Washington state teacher's, administrator's, educational staff associate's, career and technical education, or first peoples' language, culture, and oral tribal traditions teacher's certificate must give evidence of good moral character and personal fitness
(3) Degrees and course work. A candidate for certification shall hold appropriate degrees, licenses, and additional course work as prescribed in chapters 181-79A and 181-77 WAC
(4) Approved preparation program. Applicants for certification as teachers, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers, in order to be certified within the state of Washington shall have completed a state approved preparation program in the professional field for which certification is to be issued

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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