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:
Washington issues the professional educational staff associate (ESA) certificate in the following two roles. Role-specific requirements are listed below. The professional ESA is the second-tier certificate in Washington. If you do/have not already hold/held an ESA certificate for the role in Washington, you may need to provide additional documentation showing you meet requirements for a
residency ESA certificate for the role.
- Issues of Abuse: The issues of abuse course or course work 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
approved suicide prevention training
within the previous five years. The training program must be at least three
hours in length. (RCW 28A.410.226)
- One of the following options:
- Hold a school counselor certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards* (NBPTS) (school counselors only);
- Hold a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (school psychologists only);
- Successfully complete an approved Professional ESA Certificate Program. (school counselors only)
For information about Professional ESA Certificate programs, please visit the
Professional Educator Standards Board Web site.
* Professional ESA school counselor certificates issued on the basis of holding a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) school counselor certificate will have a validity of five years or the validity of the NBPTS certificate, whichever is greater.