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Educational Staff Associate

To apply for Continuing ESA Certificate

Requirements

Fingerprint/Background check requirement:
Any applicant who does not have a valid Washington educator certificate at time of application must complete the fingerprint and background check requirement. Supporting documentation:

Role-specific requirements are listed below.

School Counselor (Effective 6/27/2017):

  • EXPERIENCE - The candidate must have completed 180 days of experience in the role (or the equivalent of 180 days of full-time service), of which 30 days must be in the same district.
  • DEGREE - The candidate must hold a master's degree with a major in counseling*.
  • ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT – The candidate shall have completed at least fifteen quarter/ten semester credits of graduate course work offered by an accredited institution or 150 clock hours of study which meet the state continuing education clock hour criteria pursuant to chapter 181-85 WAC, or a combination of credits and clock hours equivalent to the above. The study shall:
    1. Be based on the school counselor performance domains included in WAC 181-78A-270(4)(a);
    2. Be taken subsequent to the issuance of the most recent initial or residency school counselor certificate.
  • EXAM - The candidate must have completed a comprehensive exam relevant to the field of specialization. If you did not complete such an exam as part of your master's degree program, there are acceptable alternatives.
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The candidate must have taken course work in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • Suicide Prevention Training - Effective July 1, 2015, the candidate shall attest to the completion of a Professional Educator Standards Board approved suicide prevention training within the previous five years. The training program must be at least three hours in length. (RCW 28A.410.226)

School Psychologist (if you are a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, you should be applying for the professional ESA):

  • EXPERIENCE - The candidate must have completed 180 days of experience in the role (or the equivalent of 180 days of full-time service), of which 30 days must be in the same district.
  • DEGREE - The candidate must hold a master's degree with a major or specialization in school psychology*.
  • ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS – The candidate shall have completed at least fifteen quarter (ten semester) credit hours of graduate course work offered by a college or university with a state-approved school psychologist program or one hundred fifty clock hours of study, which meet the state continuing education clock hour criteria pursuant to WAC 181-85, or a combination of credits and clock hours equivalent to the above. Such study shall:
    1. Be based on the school psychologist performance domains included in WAC 181-78A-270 (5)(a);
    2. Be taken subsequent to the issuance of the initial or residency school psychologist certificate; and
    3. Be determined in consultation with and approved by the candidate's employer or the administrator of a state approved school psychologist preparation program.
  • EXAM - The candidate must have completed a comprehensive exam relevant to the field of specialization. If you did not complete such an exam as part of your master's degree program, there are acceptable alternatives.
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING - Effective July 1, 2015, the candidate shall attest to the completion of a Professional Educator Standards Board approved suicide prevention training within the previous five years. (per RCW 28A.410.226)

School Social Worker (as of 11-25-2014):

  • DEGREE AND PROGRAM/COURSE - The candidate shall have completed the requirements for the initial certificate as a school social worker.
  • PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN - The candidate shall have completed an annual professional growth plan or fifteen quarter hours (ten semester hours) or 150 clock hours specific to the role of school social worker since earning the initial certificate.
  • EXPERIENCE - The candidate shall provide documentation of one hundred eighty days of full-time equivalent or more employment in the respective role with an authorized employer -i.e., school district, educational service district, state agency, college or university, private school, or private school system -and at least thirty days of such employment with the same employer.
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • Suicide Prevention Training - Effective July 1, 2015, the candidate shall attest to the completion of a Professional Educator Standards Board approved suicide prevention training within the previous five years. The training program must be at least three hours in length. (RCW 28A.410.226)

School Occupational Therapist

  • DEGREE - Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in occupational therapy from an American Occupational Therapy Association-approved program.
  • COURSE WORK - Complete at least 15 quarter/ten semester credits of college/university course work beyond the baccalaureate degree in education, occupational therapy, or other health sciences. (Not clock hours or CEUs.)
  • EXPERIENCE - The candidate must have completed 180 days of experience in the role (or the equivalent of 180 days of full-time service), of which 30 days must be in the same district.
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • LICENSE - Hold a valid Washington State license as an occupational therapist.

School Physical Therapist

  • DEGREE - Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in physical therapy form an American Physical Therapy Association-accredited program.
  • COURSE WORK - Complete at least 15 quarter/ten semester credits of college/university course work beyond the baccalaureate degree in education, physical therapy, or other health sciences. (Not clock hours or CEUs.)
  • EXPERIENCE - Must have completed 180 days of experience in the role (or the equivalent of 180 days of full-time service), of which 30 days must be in the same district.
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - Must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • LICENSE - Hold a valid Washington State license as a physical therapist.

School Nurse

  • DEGREE - Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a National League of Nursing accredited program.
  • COURSE WORK - Complete 45 quarter/30 semester credits of post-baccalaureate college/university course work in education, nursing, or other health sciences. (Not clock hours or CEUs.
  • SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING - Effective July 1, 2015, the candidate shall attest to the completion of a Professional Educator Standards Board approved suicide prevention training within the previous five years. The training program must be at least three hours in length. (RCW 28A.410.226)
  • EXPERIENCE - The candidate must have completed 180 days of experience in the role (or the equivalent of 180 days of full-time service), of which 30 days must be in the same district.
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • LICENSE - Hold a valid Washington State license as a registered nurse (RN).

School Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist

  • DEGREE - Hold a master's degree* in speech pathology or audiology from a college or university program accredited by ASHA.
  • EXPERIENCE - The candidate must have completed 180 days of experience in the role (or the equivalent of 180 days of full-time service), of which 30 days must be in the same district.
  • ISSUES OF ABUSE - The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
  • EXAM - The candidate must have completed a written, comprehensive exam relevant to the field of specialization. This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of an accredited institution of higher education or the candidate may present verification of a passing score on the Praxis II speech-language pathology examination, test code 5331, or Praxis II audiologist examination, test code 5342, both administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification. The minimum passing scores are 162 for SLP, test code 5331, and 170 for audiologist, test code 5342. (Previous test codes for the SLP exam were 0330 and 5330, with a passing score of 600. Previous test codes for the audiologist exam were 0342 and 0340, with a passing score of 170.)

*It is not necessary for a candidate who holds a master's degree or doctorate in another field to obtain the specified master's degree if he or she has completed all course work requirements relevant to the required master's degree. Candidates who meet this criterion must submit verification of such from the head of the school counseling or school psychology department, or registrar's office of the college or university. The OSPI Certification Office is not authorized to perform transcript evaluations.

For details on the documents needed and process to obtain this certificate, please see the application.



  Application

School Counselors
Download Certification Forms

School Psychologists
Download Certification Forms

School Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, and Speech Language Pathologists or Audiologists
Download Certification Forms

Please note: Any applicable form(s) must be mailed with your official transcripts.

Form 4020F (Verification of Experience)

Form 4020G (Verification of Issues of Abuse)

Form 4020S (Verification of Suicide Prevention Training)

 

 

 

   Updated 5/24/2017

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