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To apply for a Residency ESA Certificate

Requirements

Washington issues Residency ESA Certificates to first-time applicants for ESA certification in these two roles as of 9/1/05.

School Counselor

  1. Degree - Must have completed a master's degree with a major in counseling*
  2. Program - Must have completed a state-approved program for certification in the School Counselor role.
    or
    No Program - Must have a School Counselor certificate from another state and have completed three years' experience under that certificate. If the other state didn't require a certificate, must have three years' experience in that role.
  3. Exam - Must have successfully completed a comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree in counseling OR the Praxis II specialty area test (code 5421) in guidance and counseling, administered by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum passing score is 156. www.ets.org/praxis/ (Prior to 1/17/2013, this was test code 0420 with a passing score of 600. Prior to 9/1/2014, this was test code 0421 with a passing score of 156.)

School Psychologist

  1. Degree - Must have completed a master's degree with a major in school psychology*
  2. Program - Must have completed a state-approved program for certification in the School Psychologist role.
    or
    No Program - Must have a School Psychologist certificate from another state and have completed three years' experience under that certificate. If the other state didn't require a certificate, must have three years' experience in that role.
    or
    National Certificate - Must hold a NCSP Certificate issued after December 31, 1991 by the National School Psychology Certification Board.
  3. Exam - The applicant must have successfully completed a comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree in school psychology OR the Praxis II specialty area test (code 0401) in school psychology, administered by the Educational Testing Service and used by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP - www.nasponline.org/). The minimum passing score is 165. Please visit www.ets.org/praxis/ and select NASP from the State Testing Requirements menu. (Prior to 9/13/2008, this was test code 10400 with a passing score of 660.)

 

*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.

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  Application

Includes details on the documents needed and process to obtain certification.

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