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For Those Who Hold A Residency ESA Certificate

The residency ESA certificate enables the holder to serve in the respective role. When you received your certificate you received an information flyer that explained requirements.

If you DO NOT KNOW what kind of Washington certificate you hold, send an email with your full name (name used at the time of certification), date of birth, and certificate number (if known) to Professional Certification.

If you hold a VALID RESIDENCY ESA CERTIFICATE you have the following options:


Reissuance of a Residency ESA Certificate
(valid for five years)

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: ​

All individuals who have not completed this process, should do so before pursuing residency ESA renewal or the professional ESA certificate.

Until September 1, 2017, the residency ESA certificate may be reissued to educational staff associates who:

  • Hold a residency ESA certificate with no expiration date.
  • Completed two consecutive years of successful service in the role (full or part time) in Washington with a school district, state-approved private school, or state agency that provides educational services for students and signed a third-year contract or returned for a third year since the issuance of their residency ESA certificate. The certificate shall be reissued with a defined expiration date of five years from when the two consecutive years of service were completed.
    OR
  • Hold a Residency ESA certificate issued with a five-year expiration date but has not completed two consecutive years of successful service in the role (full or part time) in Washington with a school district, state-approved private school, or state agency that provides educational services for students and/or signed a third-year contract or returned for a third year since the issuance of their residency ESA certificate. The certificate may be reissued with no defined expiration date.

Note: If you met reissuance criteria prior to 9/1/2017 but have not yet applied for reissuance, you must do so as soon as possible. The application will be processed under standards in place at the time you met reissuance criteria.

Beginning September 1, 2017, the residency ESA certificate may be reissued to educational staff associates who:

  • Hold a residency ESA certificate with no expiration date.
  • Completed two years of successful service in the role (full or part time, but not consecutive) in Washington with a school district, state approved private school, or state agency that provides educational services for students. The certificate shall be reissued with a defined expiration date of five years from when the two years of service were completed.
    OR
  • Hold a Residency ESA certificate issued with a five-year expiration date but has not completed two consecutive years of successful service in the role (full or part time) in Washington with a school district, state-approved private school, or state agency that provides educational services for students and/or signed a third-year contract or returned for a third year since the issuance of their residency ESA certificate. The certificate may be reissued with no defined expiration date.

Note: If you did not meet prior reissuance criteria (“Until September 1, 2017,” above) by 8/31/2017, you will not apply for reissuance until you have two years of service in the role after 9/1/2017 (“Beginning September 1, 2017”).​


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Renewal of a Residency ESA Certificate


School Counselor

  • TWO-YEAR RENEWAL (NBPTS) – An individual school counselor who completes or intends to complete a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) school counselor assessment but does not earn National Board certification may use that completed assessment, or an affidavit of intention to complete, in order to renew the residency ESA certificate one time for two years.
  • THREE-YEAR RENEWAL (Expiration prior to 7/1/19) – An individual school counselor who holds or held a residency ESA school counselor certificate with an expiration date prior to 7/1/2019 may apply until 6/30/2020 for a three-year renewal.
  • FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL:
    • 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. (This requirement does not need to be repeated if you previously completed an appropriate course or course work. It is required for the first five-year renewal, but if evidence of this requirement is not on file for subsequent renewals, you may be asked to provide additional information.)
      PLUS
    • Continuing Education Credit Hours:
      • First-Time Five-Year Renewal – One hundred clock hours or equivalent college credit, directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(4), or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application.
      • Renewing a Valid Five-Year Renewal (Subsequent Renewals) – One hundred clock hours or equivalent college credit, directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(4), or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed since the issue date of the most recent five-year renewal certificate. Note: Application for subsequent renewals shall not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the expiration date of the current renewal.
      • Renewing an Expired Five-Year Renewal - One hundred clock hours or equivalent college credit, directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(4), or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed since the issue date of the most recent five-year renewal certificate. Note: Documentation of completed clock hours, college credits, and/or PGPs is required when renewing an expired five-year residency ESA renewal certificate.

      • Note - The professional growth plans (PGPs) must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and “career level” benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-270. Individuals may apply their focused evaluation professional growth activities of the evaluation system toward the professional growth plan for certificate renewal. For educators holding multiple certificates, a PGP for teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate shall meet the requirement for all certificates held by an individual. Additionally, individuals completing fewer than four annual PGPs must complete necessary continuing education credits to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
        Clock Hour Equivalents: 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours; 1 semester credit = 15 clock hours; 1 PGP until 6-30-18 = 30 clock hours; 1 PGP as of 7-1-18 = 25 clock hours.
        Template - Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal

School Psychologist

  • TWO-YEAR RENEWAL (NCSP) – An individual school psychologist in the process of obtaining Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certification from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) may apply for a one-time two-year renewal with verification of NCSP submission. Provided, individuals with expiring certificates in 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017, may apply for a second two-year renewal with verification of NCSP submission.
  • TWO-YEAR RENEWAL (Expiration between 6/30/13 and 6/30/17) – An individual school psychologist with a residency ESA certificate dated to expire June 30, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017, may apply until June 30, 2016, for a two-year renewal. These individuals may apply for a second two-year renewal until June 30, 2018.
  • FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL:
    • 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. (This requirement does not need to be repeated if you previously completed an appropriate course or course work. It is required for the first five-year renewal, but if evidence of this requirement is not on file for subsequent renewals, you may be asked to provide additional information.)
      PLUS
    • Continuing Education Credit Hours:
      • First-Time Five-Year Renewal – One hundred clock hours or equivalent college credit, directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(4), or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application.
      • Renewing a Valid Five-Year Renewal (Subsequent Renewals) – One hundred clock hours or equivalent college credit, directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(4), or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed since the issue date of the most recent five-year renewal certificate. Note: Application for subsequent renewals shall not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the expiration date of the current renewal.
      • Renewing an Expired Five-Year Renewal - One hundred clock hours or equivalent college credit, directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(4), or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs) as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed since the issue date of the most recent five-year renewal certificate. Note: Documentation of completed clock hours, college credits, and/or PGPs is required when renewing an expired five-year residency ESA renewal certificate.

      • Note - The professional growth plans (PGPs) must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and “career level” benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-270. Individuals may apply their focused evaluation professional growth activities of the evaluation system toward the professional growth plan for certificate renewal. For educators holding multiple certificates, a PGP for teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate shall meet the requirement for all certificates held by an individual. Additionally, individuals completing fewer than four annual PGPs must complete necessary continuing education credits to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
        Clock Hour Equivalents: 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours; 1 semester credit = 15 clock hours; 1 PGP until 6-30-18 = 30 clock hours; 1 PGP as of 7-1-18 = 25 clock hours.
        Template - Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal

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