For School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers only:
The Emergency Certificate enables the ESA to be assigned to the specific ESA role for up to one year.
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.
- A qualified person who holds regular certification for the requested role is not available, or the position is essential and circumstances warrant consideration of issuance of an emergency certificate.
Requirements - Candidates shall meet ALL of the following:
- The candidate shall hold a bachelor's degree.
- The candidate must be enrolled in a state-approved ESA preparation program for the role (school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker), but not yet qualify for the Residency ESA Certificate
- A candidate for emergency certification as a school psychologist shall have completed all required course work for the master's degree, shall be enrolled in and have substantially completed a state-approved school psychologist preparation program and be participating in the required internship (download form).
This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to apply for your district request.
Please note: Any applicable form(s) and official transcripts must be
uploaded at time of application or mailed separately to OSPI
Professional Certification (address at bottom of webpage).